Shelton Fife

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Shelton S. Fife

Electoral District At-large
Term Start September 1, 1932
Term End August 31, 1936
Preceded by Fred L. Watson
Succeeded by J. Emmett Gleason

Biographical Information

Date of birth October 2, 1889
Date of death February 5, 1937 (aged 47)
Place of birth City of Charlottesville, Virginia
Place of death Richmond City, Virginia
Spouse Mildred E. Hill Fife (of Richmond)
Children Shelton Douglas Fife (1919–1983)
Francis Harrison Fife
Residence City of Charlottesville
Profession Civil servant (Federal official)
Virginia District director, Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Shelton Strickler Fife (October 2, 1889-February 5, 1937) served four years on the Charlottesville City Council (1932-1936). His son, Francis Fife, was elected to the council in the 1970 election and served for eight years. Fife was Virginia District director of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

City Business Manager

In September 1918, Fife was employed by the month as temporary City Manager at a salary of $150.00 per month.

City Business Manager H. A. Stecker had been granted leave of absence in accordance with the Virginia Statute on leaves of absence for those on war duty, and that during his absence an acting City Business Manager was to be installed to carry on the work.

1932 election

see: 1932 election

City council

On August 7, 1933, as a member of City Council, he introduced a resolution authorizing the city to seek a grant from the Emergency Relief Act to help pay for laborers in search of work. [1]


Fife was born in the city on October 2, 1889 to Robert Herndon Fife (1843–1919) and Sarah Ann Strickler Fife (1845–1920). Three brothers and three sisters, including W. O. Fife of the city. Fife died of injuries sustained in a car accident in Richmond on February 5, 1937 while on a business trip. Burial was at the Fife Family Cemetery in the historic Fife family estate of "Oak Lawn". [2]

The Works Progress Administration (WPA; renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was an American New Deal agency, employing millions of job-seekers (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads such as the Blue Ridge Parkway. Originally called the Appalachian Scenic Highway, the project was planned as part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program to help put Americans back to work during the Great Depression. Some 16,000 people were displaced by the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, many of them descendants of people who had settled there hundreds of years before.Construction began in the fall of 1935 near the Cumberland Gap in Alleghany County, NC. As of May

1937 the exact route of the southern section of the Parkway from Asheville to the Great Smoky Mountains Park was still being discussed.

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  1. Web. U.S. Grant of $11,744 sought, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 8, 1933, retrieved August 8, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 8, 1933 page 3.

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