While researching "The Sheltons" I came across this and found it to be interesting and would like to prove kinship with him.
William Shelton (1869-1938) is the last hereditary chief of the Snohormish Indian tribe in Tualip, Washington. He was also an author, a noble sculptor, and an emissary between the Snohomish people and the United States Government, During his lifetime, Shelton was one of the few Snohomish Indians to speak both English (which he learned when he enrolled himself in a mission school) and Lushootseed, the language of the Coast Salish Indians. During his lifetime, Shelton carved a number of story poles (often called totem poles) very few of them still remain. One of those remaining story poles was cut in half after it began to rot. The top half now stands on the grounds of the Tualip Elemetery School.............Shelton, died in 1938, one of the poles was not completed the 71 foot pole was finished by members of his tribe. The pole stands on the grounds of the state capitol Olympia, Washington. Shelton was married to Ruth Sehome Shelton (Siastenu) who survived him by 20 years until Oct. 4, 1958. Ruth was a fluent speaker of Chinook, a trade lingo derived from French, English and Native American Language.