source: "X is for Exeland" by Phyllis Baugh Sander
John Shinn, well-known as "Grandpa Shinn" to all around Exeland, came to Exeland in 1905 from Woodburn, Iowa. He brought his wife, Grace, and two children Willard, age 3, and Lucy, age 5.
They came for a visit on Sept. 13, 1905, liked the area, knew a land agent named Whited, and bought some land near the old Reppert School. The Shinns sayed here until the forest fires, then went back to Iowa. Eight years later, in 1917, they returned and stayed on for good.
Grandpa Shinn said that when he first came, there were just a few scattered log houses.
John Shinn died in the spring of 1974. He was 94 years old. He lived a long, full life and left many descendants. During his golden years he would walk along the village streets, a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eyes. His friendly greeting made many a stranger feel at home and often they adopted him as their "Grandpa Shinn".
Grace Ann Baker Shinn (1885 - 1946)*
Created by: Karen Duffy
Record added: Jul 16, 2010
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