Alamogordo News, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Wilmer S. Shepherd, editor of the Alamogordo News, published at Alamogordo, Otero County, and one of the most widely known men in southeastern New Mexico, was born in Washington, D. C, where he was reared and educated. As a young man he was active in local affairs in his native city. His brother, former Governor Alexander R. Shepherd, was for many years one of the best known figures in political circles in the United States, wielding a wide influence in councils relating to national progress and national policy.

In 1872 Wilmer S. Shepherd went to Chicago, Illinois, where he remained for four years, after which lie proceeded southward to Batopilas in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was interested in mining with his brother, remaining in that country for six years. In 1885 he came to New Mexico and engaged in operating in real estate and in conducting a livestock business in Tularosa and vicinity. Upon the organization of Otero County he became first probate clerk, and when Alamogordo was laid out by the railroad company he and others started the Alamogordo News which he still controls. He has taken a deep and active interest in public matters and through the columns of his paper and as a private citizen as well has contributed in large and substantial measure to the welfare and improvement of this section of the Territory, recognizing the possibilities of the new city and County and advocating its up building along safe and substantial lines.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, VolumeI, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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