Biography - John H. Shelton, M. D.

JOHN H. SHELTON, M. D. The professional reputation of Dr. Shelton is an enviable one, and his skill and knowledge are held at their proper valuation. For many years a student, he has not been content with the wisdom which won him his diploma, but has read and investigated from time to time and increased his store of technical knowledge and ability to diagnose and treat diseases. He is known far and near, respected and loved, and numbered among the most worthy citizens of Shelby County, who are active in promoting its prosperity and elevating the status of its citizens.

The birthplace of Dr. Shelton was Owen County, Ky., and his natal day February 11, 1835. His parents were Austin and Emily (Callender) Shelton, natives of Virginia, who removed to Kentucky at a very early day. They located in Owen County where after attaining to a good old age, they passed from earth. Our subject remained at home during his youth, receiving a limited education in the district schools and acquiring a thorough and practical knowledge of agricultural pursuits. Upon arriving at man's estate he began to operate as a farmer, and continued chiefly thus engaged until 1873. We next find him engaged in the drug business in Owenton, Ky., for eight years. During that time he read medicine, for which he had a natural aptitude, and after selling out his interest in the drug business, he attended medical lectures in the hospital at Louisville, Ky., during the winter of 1878-79.

In 1879, Dr. Shelton emigrated to Illinois, and coming to Shelby County, practiced medicine with Dr. G. W. Fringer until the fall of 1881. He then entered the Medical College at Keokuk, la., where he was graduated in February. 1882. After receiving the diploma for which he had toiled so arduously, the Doctor returned to Tower Hill and has since resided here, with the exception of eight months in Henton, this county. He enjoys an extensive and lucrative practice, and as a citizen is public-spirited and interested in everything calculated to elevate the status of the community.

The Doctor has an amiable and active helpmate in his wife, with whom he was united in marriage May 26, 1856, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bride bore the maiden name of Marietta Garnett, and was born and reared in Owen County, Ky. Her parents, Jamison and Lucinda Garnett, were natives of Kentucky; the father now lives in Kentucky, and the mother is deceased. Dr. Shelton and his estimable wife have become the parents of six children, only two of whom survive: Bettie G., and Nannie C., both of whom are at home. Dr. Shelton has served the people in various capacities, and has been a member of the Township Board of Trustees, and also served as School Trustee. He and his family are highly esteemed and are among the prominent members of society in Tower Hill.

Extracted 25 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 674-675.

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