Alfred L. SHELTON, who is extensively engaged in stock and wheat raising, with residence on Section 5, township 12 north, range 43 east, Garfield county, was born in Yamhill county, Oregon, July 1,1869. His parents John W. and Mary (BURFORD) SHELTON were both natives of Missouri and in 1853 made the long and tedious journey across the plains to the Pacific coast country, settling in Yamhill county, Oregon, where the mother passed away. The father survives a the age of eighty-five years and is now a resident of Portland. Ten of the thirteen children born to their union are still living.
Alfred L. SHELTON was reared at home and his education was that afforded by the district schools of Oregon. In 1887, when about eighteen years old, he came to Garfield county, Washington, and purchased land, on which he has since resided. His systematic and practical labors have year by year been rewarded by large crops. He has also been successful as a stock raiser and his holdings now comprise eleven hundred and ninety-two acres, of which six hundred acres is devoted to the raising of wheat, while the remainder is fine pasture land. He keeps in close touch with the advancement that is continually being made along agricultural lines and justly ranks as one of the leading farmers of his section.
Mr. SHELTON was married in 1894 to Miss Catherine SCHNEKLOTH, a native of Iowa and a daughter of Henry and Margaret SCHNEKLOTH, an account of whose lives appears elsewhere in this work. Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. SHELTON, namely, Arthur M., Wilber W., Henry E., Alma, Elmer, Herman, Dale, Hazel and Doris, all of whom are yet at home.
Mr. SHELTON belongs to Harmony Lodge, No 116, I.O.O.F., of Pomeroy, to the Woodmen of the World, to the Grange and the Farmers' Union. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he has served for sometime on the school board. He is a man of unusual energy, finding the opportunity
to take part in public affairs in addition to looking after his extensive farming interests. He is manager of the No. 2 telephone line and in thaat capacity has made an excellent record for the fine service rendered patrons. He is distinctly a western man, possessing the self-reliance, resourcefulness and enterprise characteristic of this section
Source: Book: Lymans HISTORY of OLD WALLA WALLA, COLUMBIA, GARFIELD, and Asotin Counties. by. W.D. LYMAN, M.A., Lit.D Illustrated Volume 1 Chicago, The S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1918 page 521-522