The Dalton Story


Dalton Story

The Dalton Story
The Story of the Development of a Rural Agricultural Area

The Dalton Story is more than the story of the development of a rural agricultural area. It is the story of how people made a life in this ideal place. At one time a railroad, packing plant and orchards made this a thriving fruit growing paradise. With a strong sense of community, the residents of Dalton built schools, founded community organizations and even went on to establish Dalton as a city.

The Dalton Story answers many questions about the founding, growth and people of Dalton Gardens.

Marvin "Snowball" Shadduck was born July 5, 1913 to Lester and Mary Shadduck at home on Shadduck's Dairy. He was the fourth of six boys and one girl. Marvin acquired the nickname "Frosty" by Dalton School friends because of his "towhead" appearance. It evolved into "Snowball" during his early Viking days playing football for Coeur d'Alene High School.

After graduating from Eastern Washington University he taught school in Ritzville, Washington. He married Ragna "Ruggie" Ringstad in 1941 and they had a son Bruce in 1942. After serving in WWII he completed a Master's in Education and became principal of Arthur B. Ness Elementary School in Dishman, Washington. He retired in 1974. He was active in the Museum of North Idaho and had a keen interest in local history especially the Dalton Gardens area. He passed away May 14, 2007.

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