|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1903|
New Mexico, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 1958|
Santa Clara County
On 13 July 1903, Charles and Frances Houston and their son Fred were in Springer, New Mexico traveling back to Kansas from Arizona when they had to leave the wagon train so that Stella could be born. They and the newborn, Stella, continued on to Kansas with the next wagon train.
Stella was just an infant when mother died and was raised by her father on farms and ranches near Dodge City, Kansas. At the age of 16 she married Neal Schoonover, who was a philanderer, and she divorced him shortly after their 2nd child, Chester, died of diabetes.
Being divorced with three children during prohibition, her options were limited. Stella began running moonshine and supported herself and her babies driving liquor for several years. She was caught with "traces" in 1932 and served 9 months in jail. After serving her time for "bootlegging", she was released. She moved herself along with her 3 children to Idaho where she struggled to make a living as a waitress. Not being satisfied with life in Idaho, she moved the family to New Mexico for a short time and moved on to Arizona.
In 1942 she met George Shepard. They fell in love and after a few months they married and made their home in California. She died of cancer on 13 Feb 1958 at the age of 54.
Charles Houston (1872 - 1944)
Frances Anna Worthington Houston (1875 - 1904)
Nealia Alonzo Schoonover (1897 - 1958)
George Lewis Shepard (1894 - 1971)
Joseph Paul Schoonover (1921 - 1958)*
Chester Houston Schoonover (1922 - 1926)*
Anna Bernice Schoonover Johnson (1923 - 2009)*
Rosa Lea Schoonover Mosley (1925 - 1995)*
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Mateo County
Plot: S, 492
Maintained by: Dan Woodruff
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3632601