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About Shepherd Montana:

Amazingly enough, Shepherd offers recreational activities provided by the nearby Yellowstone river and valley. Residents and visitors can enjoy activities like hiking, fishing, boating and swimming. Well-maintained parks provide a family-friendly atmosphere, perfect for picnicking and walking. People looking for quality life will surely find it herein Shepherd.

 Homesteaders arrived in the Shepherd vicinity after the creation of the Billings Bench Water Association canal in 1905. This 65-mile canal brought Dutch, German, and Scandinavian farmers who took this cattle range and turned it into farmland. However, when the grasshoppers devoured the sugar beet crop in 1936, most of the farmers picked up their stakes and moved on. Today, Shepherd is a suburb of Billings which is only 16 miles East of Billings. If looking for more info about the area and history of Shepherd, the local Huntley Project Museum has information about it.

Some History of the Area:

 

The Book called “Lest We Forget…” Shepherd, Montana was compiled in 1976 by the Shepherd Historical Book Committee. This book includes the History of Shepherd, Churches, Clubs and Organizations, Schools and Teachers, Businesses, and Family Histories of Shepherd. The following is some info to ponder for starters.
Helen L. Bickford – July 3, 1902 – December 18, 1955.
Mr. & Mrs. Bickford moved to shepherd in 1928 from Columbus, MT. Mr Bickford had managed a Sawyer Store in Columbus. He purchased the Shepherd Mercantile Co. which was at that time located at the east entrance of Shepherd near the present location of the Lutheran Church. The Store carried general merchandise, groceries, hardware, soft goods and petroleum products. It also housed the post office. At he time the Bickford’s had one son, Robert W Bickford, born in Columbus June 10, 1927. Their second son, Jame E Bickford, was born October 5, 1929 and passed away June 10, 1974. Their third son, Donald A. Bickford, was born March 9, 1935. The R.W. Bickford’s have four children. The J.E. Bickford Family consist of five children, and the D.A. Bickford’s have two children. This makes a total of 11 grandchildren. Around 1937 the store was moved to the old Shepherd Bank Building. (*the Location is presently occupied by the U.S. Post Office.) This store carried approximately the same line of merchandise as the old one. It was the general gathering place of the school children during their lunch break; and as any of them can attest, Mr Bickford loved to tease one and all. He was the Postmaster and Mrs. Bickford was Assistant Postmaster. The family moved to the house on the south corner of the same block at Wade and Carey Streets. They occupied that residence until 1955.
In 1928 Chester A Bickford received the postmaster appointment and the 1938, the post office was moved to the old bank building where it has opertaed ever since.In 1928, Chester A Bickford purchased the Shepherd Mercantile Company. The business operated near the crossroad into Shepherd until it was moved into the bank building in 1938. In 1956, Pete & Esther Engbrecht purchased the business.
About the www.Shepherdmontana.com community website:
The www.Shepherdmontana.com community website was launched to the public in January 2014 in its beginnings.  Businesses from the Shepherd Montana area were originally on the www.Huntleyproject.net community website that launched in 2008 until January 2014 when the websites divided due to increased traffic and business interest in the community websites.
The www.Shepherdmontana.com domain purchase was completed in March 6, 2010 in preparation of the 2014 launch of the community website.  Transition of businesses, info, and backdated news stories will be transferred during the year.