From Hendricks County court records:
In January 1908, Thomas H. and Mary A. Shepherd of Brown Township filed a petition in Hendricks County Circuit Court to adopt Beulah A. Baker, born 8 January 1902. Beulah was their granddaughter - her mother, Zelma V. Baker, died in 1903, and Zelma's husband, John H. Baker, died in 1907. Beulah had been living with her grandparents since her father's death. Thomas and Mary Shepherd were married on 4 December 1879.
The petition was granted and Beulah's name was changed to Beulah A. Shepherd.