Mack C. Shelton Passes To Rest
Mack C. Shelton was born in Dallas County, Iowa on February 25, 1885. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1862, coming first to Willamette valley. In 1873 he came to Union county and purchased a quarter section of land two and one-half miles northwest of Elgin in 1878. While he lived in this vicinity he was engaged in farming and stock-raising.
He was married to Miss DeLilah Long September 21, 1874. To this union were born eleven children and two passed away in infancy. His wife passed away July 18,1900.
He then sold his property and moved to the Grande Ronde river near Anatone, Washington, where he was engaged in the sheep business for a number of years. Later he purchased a place near Paradise, where he spent his remaining years.
He was married to Bernice Hays on November 16, 1918.
He passed away at his home on December 24, 1937, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 29 days.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife; one brother, Haratio Shelton of Ellensburg, Washington; two sisters, Maggie Fine of Walla Walla, Washington, and Alice Bowman of Richland and nine children; Mrs. Lula Griffith of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. Estella Goble, Medical Springs; Mrs. Blanche Ryland, Hermiston; Mrs. Verda Gray, Alicel; Chesley Shelton, Wallowa; Mrs. Rosa Norton, Baley; Lawrence and Joseph all of Paradise.
He also leaves 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
He was a fine upstanding man, always enjoying helping his fellowmen and was highly respected by all who knew him.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church at Elgin Monday at one o’clock and interment was in the Elgin cemetery beside his first wife.
Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 30, 1937, page 2
Contributed by: Sue Wells
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor