"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Shelton, Mary M. (Mrs.) a pioneer of Rhinelander and an active and potent force in various ways in the development of Oneida County, now passed away, was born at Porter, Rock County, Wis., 63 years ago, daughter of Judge Isaac and Sarah (IDE) HOWE. She taught school at Evansville, Wis., for several years, and was later graduated from Wisconsin University in 1884 and in 1892 received a degree of Master of Science from that institution. For two years after her graduation she followed the occupation of a teacher, teaching high school successively in Janesville and Berlin, Wis. On Oct. 6, 1886, she was united in marriage at Oregon to A. W. SHELTON and they came to Rhinelander, where, as elsewhere related, Mr. SHELTON practiced law and was for a number of years proprietor of the Rhinelander Herald. Mrs. SHELTON worked in her husband's newspaper office, having charge of the business department and social reporting. Her fine education, natural refinement and conspicuous business ability were widely recognized and for years she was one of the most prominent and admired women in Oneida County. For many years she was a member of the Rhinelander school board, and for two terms--from 1887 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1895--she was county superintendent of schools. She also served eight years on the city library board. She was a charter member of the Woman's Club, in which she was a very active worker; also a member of the Congregational Church, which she served as clerk from the year 1917, and at the time of her death she was secretary of the Rhinelander Building and Loan Association, in which position she succeeded her husband after his death in the fall of 1908. She survived him over 14 years passing away after a two-weeks' illness on Tuesday, April 24, 1923, her loss being a severe blow not only to her surviving relations and numerous friends but also to the general community. Mrs. SHELTON left one child, Miss Margaret SHELTON, a teacher in Lander College at Greenwood, S. C. she was also survived by a sister, Miss Grace HOWE, a resident of Colorado, who at one time was a teacher in the Rhinelander schools.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 390, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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