Mrs. F. Shepard & son, & Col. W. E. Horton (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1915

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Mrs. F. Shepard & son, & Col. W. E. Horton

[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 3862-6


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 21/Feb/2014 21:48:24

    A picture very likely taken at the same occasion is in New-York Tribune., May 27, 1916, Page 3. The outfits are identical and Colonel Horton is carrying the same coat (presumably young Finley Shepard, Jr's). The event is the Governor's Island garden fete. She is named as Mrs. Finley Shepard. I assume her husband is; in which case she is the former Helen Miller Gould. Since she and Shepard were married in 1913, it seems likely that young Finley is not her son. Indeed, in her Wikipedia entry (at, which is a lot fuller than her husband's, it is noted that they adopted three children. "The first of the adopted children, Finley Jay Shepard, was a three-year-old abandoned child who was found on the steps of Manhattan's St Patrick's Cathedral in 1914."

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    • 21/Feb/2014 21:56:59

    I 'd guess that Col. Horton is the Colonel William E. Horton who was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal in 1918. See He reached the rank of Brigadier General, retired in 1929, and died in 1935. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery. See

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    • 22/Feb/2014 06:24:41

    The same picture (or a nearly identical one), cropped to just include Mrs. S. and her adopted son, is in a number of newspapers of the time, including these:

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    Zinaida Beaumont (Nous sommes Paris)

    • 22/Feb/2014 13:55:58

    The boy looks like my father at the same age

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    Arden (LOC P&P)

    • 24/Feb/2014 21:54:35

    Thanks swanq and artolog for your identifications and the links to the similar photographs. We will update the description with fuller names and the context of the image.

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    • 25/Feb/2014 00:37:05

    Surely very moving for the foundling , especially if remembered.