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    Ethan B. Shelton, Founder of Shelton Farms

    Serving Michiana Since 1947

    Ethan and Rose Shelton started Shelton Farms in 1947 when they sold their corner grocery store near Lincoln Park in Chicago and moved their family to Berrien Center, Michigan. To help make ends meet, Ethan barbered in Niles and Rose worked as a payroll clerk at Berrien General Hospital. Eventually, Ethan owned his own barbershop and Rose became personnel manager and filled in as administrator of the hospital.

    Ethan and Rose were married for 69 years until she passed in 1995. Ethan Shelton passed away on March 19th, 2014.  He lived to be 110 years old!  Ethan was extremely active to the very end.  He was a ballroom dancer, avid gardener, and a (decent) Golfer. When Ethan was asked about the secret is to his longevity, he always suggested that you chew your food well and eat lots of vegetables. Those who were close to Ethan would say that his eternal good humor, positive thinking and active lifestyle probably contributed to his longevity as well.