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John P. Shutt

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John P. Shutt

Posted: 9 Feb 2005 9:39PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Shutt, Marks & Chamness
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 631-32

John P. Shutt. The entire life of John P. Shutt thus far has been spent on the farm where he now lives, so that his life is an open book to the people of Lancaster township, where he has a wide circle of good friends among a wider circle of lifelong acquaintances. Mr. Shutt is a son of David and Susan (Marks) Shutt, and concerning the parentage and ancestry of the subject, it would be well to begin with the activities of John Shutt, grandsire of the subject, who came to Lancaster township, Huntington county, from the vicinity of Canal Dover, Ohio, in 1840, bringing his family here in 1849, so that the family has been established in this vicinity in the neighborhood of seventy years.

John Shutt located in Section 33, Lancaster township, and here continued a resident until his death. David Shutt, his son and the father of John P. Shutt, whose name introduces this sketch, was ten years of age when the family came to Indiana, and the bulk of his education, not any too extensive at the best, was gained in the district schools of Lancaster township, where he later reared and educated his own children. He had his practical training on the farm of his father, and in young manhood he married and settled down quietly in the community where he had been reared. He built a wooden sawmill in Lancaster and for several years operated it with fair success. Later he became a contracting carpenter and he was well known in this section for his work along that line. He married Susan Marks and to them were born twelve children; nine of this goodly family being now alive. They are named as follows: John P., of this review; Lewis A.; William T.; Mary, the wife of Joseph Denton; Joseph, a merchant of Lancaster; Hattie, the wife of Orville Giltner; Emma, who married Samuel Heiney; Elizabeth, the wife of Nathan Hardman; and Fred Shutt, a resident of this place. All were educated in the common schools of Lancaster.

John P. Shutt was born October 25, 1861, and was reared in Lancaster township, attending the same schools that had furnished the educational training of his father before him, though he was favored further in an educational way in that he was able to attend the State Normal School at Valparaiso for a time. He began teaching school when he had concluded his studies and for some years continued in that profession, being for a time principal of the State Street School of Huntington.

In May, 1888, Mr. Shutt married Miss Kate Chamness, who was born in Wabash county, but had her upbringing for the most part in Huntington county. The young couple began housekeeping in Huntington, where Mr. Shutt was then engaged in his pedagogic work, and they lived there for two years. He gave up teaching and purchased a farm in Jefferson township, but in 1908 he sold the place, and bought 140 acres of the old home farm where he has since made his home and carried on active farming activities.

Mr. Shutt is undoubtedly one of the foremost men of his township, and one who has taken an active part in the public life of the community. A public spirited man, his citizenship has been of a high order, and has stood out beyond that of the average man. He has been a Republican always, though never one to inject partisan ideas into local politics, so that his influences has always been of an upward trend, void of personalities and selfish ends and aims. He served four years as a trustee of Jefferson township while a resident there, and during that time was instrumental in securing the building of the present grade school of that township at Pleasant Plain. Being a teacher, he knew the needs of the community, and as a man of sound business judgment, his administration as a township officer was above the average, reflecting much credit upon him and the community.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Shutt are seven in number, and are here mentioned briefly as follows: Jessie, a graduate of the common schools; Winifred, a teacher in the Lancaster High School, of which she is a graduate, also of the State Normal; Hermia, who attended the State Normal, is the wife of Charles E. Paul; Mildred is now a high school student; Mary is attending the common schools; and the two youngest are David, born in 1903, and Agnes, in 1910.

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