Republic of Texas Mail Routes - Shepperd's Store in the Lake Creek Settlement
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In addition to being the first store in the Lake Creek Settlement, W. W. Shepperd’s
store was also the first post office in the Lake Creek Settlement. When the town of Montgomery was founded,
Shepperd’s store was the first post office in the town.
W. W. Shepperd was also the first
postmaster. He became the first postmaster on May 17, 1837 about two months before the town of Montgomery was
founded. In 1838, two Republic of Texas mail routes included W. W. Shepperd's store.
The advertisement below appeared in the December 30, 1837 edition of
the Telegraph and Texas Register, soliciting bids for carrying the mail in the Republic of Texas along certain routes
for the following year of 1838. Republic of Texas mail route No. 1 went through W.W. Shepperd's
store and Republic of Texas mail route No. 14 began at W. W. Shepperd’s store.
Route No. 1 ran from Houston to New Cincinnati via Shepperd’s store.
No. 1. From Houston to New Cincinnati, via Shepherd’s store, 100 miles, weekly. Leave
Houston on Monday 8 AM, and arrive at New Cincinnati on Wednesday at 8 P M. Leave New Cincinatti on Thursday
at 8 AM, and arrive at Houston on Saturday at 8 P M.
Route No. 14 started at Shepperd’s store and ran to the La Bahia Crossing on the
Colorado River via McGuffin’s, Fanthorp’s. Washington, Independence and Mitchell’s.
No. 14. From Shepherds to La Bahia Crossing
on the Colorado, via McGuffin’s, Fantharp’s, Washington, Independence, Mitchell’s, 110 miles;
weekly. Leave Shepherds on Wednesday 12 A M, and arrive at La Bahia Crossing on Saturday 8 PM. Leave La
Bahia Crossing on Sunday 8 AM, and arrive Shepherds on Tuesday 8 P M.
Bond and security will be required of
each contractor, and the names of persons intended to be given will be sent with the
R. Barr,Post Master
See Telegraph and Texas Register, November 18,
1837. Robert Barr prepared this notice on October 25, 1837. Even though the town of Montgomery was
founded in July of 1837, Barr is still referring to the post office located in the Lake Creek Settlement as
Shepherds Store. When Barr makes his request for sealed proposals for 1839, he will refer to the post
office as Montgomery rather than Shepherd's Store.
Post Office Papers No. 50
On December 10, 1837, G. Brightman
received compensation from Robert Barr, the Post Master General of the Republic of Texas, "for transporting mail
from Houston to Shepherds Store.”This was three months after W. W. Shepperd
founded the Town of Montgomery in July 1837 and just four days before Montgomery County was created on December
RECEIPT OF G. BRIGHTMAN
TO ROBERT BARR
Recd of R. Barr Eighty Dollars for transporting the mail from
Houston to Shepherds
Recpt. G. Brightman $80.00 Decr 10, 37 76
Post Office Papers No. 74
RECEIPT OF D. LAUGHLIN
TO ROBERT BARR
Received of R. Barr P.M. Genl. Five hundred dollars in full for first
quarter pay for carrying the mail on route No. 14 from Shepherd to La Bahia
Houston Apr. 11, 1838
D. Laughlin rect. for 500$ apr. 3 166
60,Texas Post Office Papers 1836-1839, Compiled and Edited from the Manuscripts in the Texas State Archives by James M. Day.1836 –
Post OfficePapers No. 55
LIST OF POST OFFICES
Date Comm Post
17 Montgomery Montgomery W. W.
Shepperd W. W. S.
See p. 70, Texas Post Office Papers 1836-1839, Compiled and Edited from the
Manuscripts in the Texas State Archives by James M. Day.1836 – 1839. W. W. Shepperd was the Post Master in
the Lake Creek Settlement, and later Montgomery, from 1837 to 1840 when his son-in-law, C. B. Stewart took
over as Post Master in April of 1840 when W. W. Shepperd resigned. W. W. Shepperd resigned as Post
Master shortly after selling his interest in the town of Montgomery and the county courthouse to James
McCown. W. W. Shepperd was Post Master for almost 4 years.