Edwin Paul Shattuck and the Portland Oregon Shattocks

by Philip Shaddock
I would like to thank Chris Christensen, descendant of Edwin Paul Shattuck, for the family stories and pictures incorporated into this page.


Edwin Paul Shattuck

Edwin Paul Shattuck (1873-1964) was a prominent Wall Street New York lawyer and personal lawyer and friend to President Herbert Hoover, who was the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression. This page tells the story of Ed Shattuck and the Portland, Oregon Shattucks that were his ancestors.

I have tentatively placed the Portland Oregon Shattucks in the Dr. Philip Shattuck (1648-1722) branch of the Massachusetts Shattocks. Their genealogy can be found on the node on the page devoted to this branch: 8.5.5.10 Henry Shattuck 1803-1836 (Nancy Stiffer 1802-). There is a roadblock in the genealogy that will be discussed shortly. Since the documents linking the Portland Shattucks to a branch of the Massachusetts Shattucks seem to be missing, it has become a problem that perhaps only YDNA testing will solve. What is required is one of the Shattuck males who descends from the Portland Shattucks do a simple DNA test to establish the link to the distant past. Contact me.

The early history of the Portland Shattucks is told in two books on Oregon history, "Courageous People" (Mary Powell Mallett, 1972, pp. 71-72) and  "Gresham, Stories of our Past, Campground to City" (Gresham Historical Society, WR Chilton Editor, p. 93).


This picture of Henry Clay Shattuck looks like it was taken when he was in his early thirties, after he took a wagon train west to the gold fields of California about 1862 or later.

The story begins with Ed Shattuck's father, Henry Clay Shattuck (1830-1879),  who was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in the eastern part of the state. There is a story that he worked on riverboats early in his career. At the age of 32 he caught gold fever and headed west. He joined a wagon train. When he arrived in California in 1862 he got a job working as a bookkeeper for a mining company in Georgetown, California. This allowed him to marry in Sacramento, California a young woman who was on the wagon train, Kate Loose (1844-1882). She was the granddaughter of Daniel Lownsdale, and had come west to be with her grandfather.










Daniel Lownsdale (1803-1862)


Wikipedia: "Coming from Kentucky sometime before 1845, Lownsdale established the first tannery near the current location of Providence Park just west of downtown [Portland]. Tanner Creek, which flowed by the site in the mid-19th century, was named after the tannery. Lownsdale purchased the land that would become downtown Portland on September 22, 1848." Lownsdale was also a state legislator. The Lownsdale Square in downtown Portland is named after Lownsdale.






Kate Loose (1844-1882)

Henry  may have been lucky to have Kate Loose in his home, but imagine how lucky he felt when he discovered gold on the very land his home was sitting on. His lucky find would form the basis of a family fortune. He sold the mineral rights to a mining company, and began farming and investing in businesses. 










John Wesley Shattuck (1834-1913)

Henry had a brother, John Wesley Shattuck (1834-1913) and a sister Esther Shattuck (1836 -).  While Henry had been born in Ohio, John W. and Esther were born in Brown County in Illinois, suggesting the family had moved from Ohio to Illinois sometime between 1830 and 1834. We are not sure of the father's name, although most believe it was Henry. (This may have come from Beatrix Larson, "Shattuck Memorials II," 1977 p. 547. She gives no reason for her supposition.) He was supposedly born around the beginning of the 19th century. Nancy Stiffler, who was from Jefferson county in Ohio, may have been their mother. A wedding announcement says the family descended from "Boston Shattucks" but there is no paper trail that takes us back to this launching point. 

We find John W. at age 17 and his sister Esther at age 15 living with the Noble Carithers family in Vermont, Illinois in the 1850 census. On the census form we find that John W. and his sister were in school in the past year. This raises the possibility that the family lost its parents and the children were living with relatives.  Henry would have been age 21 at the time and presumably left home to work further afield. 

John W. is found in Palmyra in Marion county in Missouri at age 27 in 1860 working as a carpenter. This trade would serve him well in his future. 

John W. did not travel out west with his brother because he had enlisted in the army the previous year, in 1861. His unit was the 112th regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Wikipedia: "The U.S. state of Illinois during the American Civil War was a major source of troops for the Union Army (particularly for those armies serving in the Western Theater of the Civil War), and of military supplies, food, and clothing. Situated near major rivers and railroads, Illinois became a major jumping off place early in the war for Ulysses S. Grant's efforts to seize control of the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers. Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total manpower in Federal military service. Illinois troops predominantly fought in the Western Theater. "


Lt. Colonel Lewis Shattuck (1932-) on the day he was released as a POW.

A great grandson of John W., Lt. Colonel Lewis Wiley Shattuck (1932-) was a P.O.W. in the Vietnam War. He was the son of Wesley Allen Shattuck (1898-1978) and grandson of Lewis Shattuck 1868–1948. He was in captivity from June 1965 until February 1973. 

SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). 

 LEWIS W. SHATTUCK Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: July 1, 1966 Released: February 12, 1973 

 A native of the state of Washington, Colonel Shattuck was educated there until his enlistment in the Air Force in 1952. He graduated from Aviation Cadet school in 1954 and served in both Japan and Italy as well as various posts in the U.S. He volunteered for duty in Southeast Asia and was accepted in February 1966. 

Colonel Shattuck flew forty-two missions in North Vietnam and twenty-one in Laos. He was shot down on July 1, 1966, but made it to about seventeen miles out to sea to be rescued by an SA16 and then was shot down again. He made his adjustment to prison life and decided at once that he actually did want to live to return to the great and glorious country of America. 

"I find that I have come home with an awareness that I never had before, an appreciation for life that had escaped me. It is fascinating for me these days just to walk outdoors and to look around and to be able to see the clouds, to see the moon, and the fabulous fruits of our natural life - flowers, grasses, mountains, trees. 

"I believe I have gained an insight, not only into myself, but into my fellowman as well. I've seen people in periods of fear and terror and extreme pain, and I guess living in those tight quarters for so long I have begun to understand the actions of people. I am fascinated these days to meet with people and to talk with people. "I've come home with a patience that I never had before. I find that even in the heavy pace of life today, I'm generally relaxed and do not feel the press of 'having' to be here or 'having' to be there. I am better able to pace myself, far better able to cope with life today. 

"I have a great appreciation for color; we were so starved for all those years. Our lives were devoid of color, and the brightness of this country, is so fascinating and so beautiful. Just before I go to sleep at night, I thank God for the beautiful days He has chosen to afford me and for the life He helped me to keep. I've found an awareness of God while I was over there that I had not had before. 

"One more thought has come to me and that is the deep, deep love I have for this country, a love that grew out of the awareness that I've spoken about. I had time to sit and reflect about my life while in prison, to think about the future and about all the beautiful things in our country. Unfortunately, there are people who don't realize what is about them; they don't take the time to reflect on their lives as we were afforded the opportunity to do. They don't look back to see where they've been, they don't look forward to see where they are going. They are caught up with the press of the day ... we had to see where we were going. 

"I gained a deep, deep appreciation for this country, for the beauty of it, for the beauty of our way of life, the beauty in our form of government - a real tribute to a small group of men who sat down and drew up a document that was SO flexible, so capable of growing for future generations. 

"My country is a mosaic or a caleidoscope; in that mosaic I see tiles of the Kansas wheat fields, of the California sequoias, the Douglas firs of Oregon and Washington, the pines of the East coast. I see the character of the waters change that surround our borders. I see the different soldiers that we've had in our time, each in their battle garb, marching off to defend that country, sometimes not understanding what it was all about, but going anyway, on the faith in our way of life. I see our succession of Presidents, congressmen, and officials that run this country. I see the frontiersmen, the Indians who had their own frontiers; the Africans who were brought as slaves but are now becoming a part of society; I see the Spanish people through California, New Mexico, and Arizona; I see the modern people who cross their own frontiers, frontiers of space, and medicine and progress. And when I look at my whole mosaic, I see that it is a rectangle with red and white stripes and a blue field of fifty stars." 
 
Lewis Shattuck retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Sharon reside in Washington State.

Sometime after the civil war, John W. Shattuck decided to join his brother in California. He probably worked as a carpenter. It is likely that Henry and Kate visited her grandfather in Portland, although he died there in 1862. 


Henry Clay Shattuck later in life. 

Four years later there is a land purchase recorded in Portland. The "Shattucks purchased 200 acres from Moses Bell and wife Sarah J Bell on September 3, 1866. This property lay to the north and east of the John Gerard and Catherine Elizabeth Linnemann's Donation Land Claim. It occupied parts of Sections 8-9-10 and a part of 16, a Donation Land Claim about a mile west of Gresham, and is now known as the Felix Chiodo Farm, the W W Cotton Farm and the H W Strong Farm." (Courageous People, p. 72) Henry's gold find must have financed the purchase.

There would be a lot of work in the burgeoning town of Portland, and John W. put his carpentry skills to work, eventually taking on large projects and becoming one of Portland's best builders. The two brothers, long separated in their youth, became close and exceptional business associates, investing in many businesses and rising to the top of Portland society, highly respected. In 1867 John W. married Mary Cochran Allen (1850-1927) in the Brooklyn district of Portland. She was born in Palmrya, Missouri where John W. once lived and worked as a carpenter. Her parents had moved to Portland where they had a homestead in the Brooklyn district of Portland. John W. and Mary had nine children.

John W. and Mary named their second son Henry Clay after John's brother. He moved to Juneau, Alaska and other members of the family followed them there. The Shattucks in Juneau founded an insurance agency, a hardware store and a lumber mill, and were among Juneau's prominent citizens.


Ed Shattuck as a child.

Tragedy struck when Henry died of a bowel disorder (cancer?) in 1879 and Kate just three years later. John W. bought his brother's farm from the estate. Henry and Kate had four children aged 6 to 16, with Edwin Paul Shattuck the youngest. John W. took at least two of his brother's children in, including Ed and his sister Mary, and given that he was living on the farm that they grew up on, and the families being so close, it must have given Henry and Kate's children great comfort, especially since they were among so many of their uncle and aunt's children. Edwin Paul was apparently very attached to his older sister, Mary Getrude "Gerty" Shattuck (1870-1962), who lived in the Portland area all her life, and Edwin Paul came to visit often over the years after he moved to New York. She was the first lady school teacher in Gresham where the farm was located.

Edwin Paul Shattuck attended the University Oregon, 1893-1896. He was the captain and quarterback of the University of Oregon Ducks football team, and according to Chris Christensen:  "I get a lot of respect here by Duck fans when they find out I have a line to the first Duck team and especially the quarterback! lol You can imagine how shocked I was when I happened to open a recently published book about the Oregon Duck football teams history. There he was right in the middle of the page. Of course I had to stand there and read it and show it to my daughter. That’s uncle Ed!"


Ed Shattuck is at the center with the football.


Ed Shattuck in the early 1900s.

He went on to earn a Bachelor of Law degree at Columbia in New York. Prabook summarizes his career:

    • Admitted to New York bar, 1899, began practice at New York City. Member firm Shattuck, Bangs & Davis. General counsel United States Grain Corporation (president 1920), United States Sugar Equalization Board, United States Food Administration, World War.

      Counsel Hoover European relief orgns. after the World War. Legal adviser to Polish Embassy, 1919-1946. Director, general counsel emeritus Pitney-Bowes, Inc.

      Director Pitney-Bowes of Canada, Ltd. Director Belgium American Ednl. Foundation, American Children’s Fund.

      Trustee Kosciusko Foundation, Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation.

This google map coordinate takes you to a view of the building where the offices of Shattuck, Bangs & Davis were located: 42 Broadway, New York.. 


Margaret Fulton Slade (1888-)

In 1909 he married Margaret Fulton Slade in a what was a classic New York society wedding. Their names appear often in the New York Times society pages, attending opera, holding gatherings and travelling. They loved to travel and Margaret appears to have accompanied Ed on at least some of his business trips. 

He began his association with President Hoover in World War I after the Germans invaded Belgium. Ed served on the Sugar Equalization Board and as assistant counsel for the Food Administration. President Hoover and Ed discovered that they both came from Oregon and a fast and close friendship developed between them. According to Chris, the President affectionately referred to Ed as "Judge" and Ed referred to him as "Chief." They died within three days of each other.



Book inscription by President Herbert Hoover to Edwin Paul Shattuck. 

One can get a measure of how happy the marriage was between Ed and Margaret by the legacy he left her when her death preceded his. Patti Shattuck Rosenthal tell us: "He donated two five-acre parcels of land to the Episcopalian church on the condition that a new church be constructed and named 'St. Margaret,' which occurred. It exists yet today, and the second portion of land has a cemetery."

The Shattucks had a residence in New York on 26 E78th St. on the east side of Central Park. Sometime in the 1920s they acquired a mansion on 138 acres in Nassau county on Long Island in Plainview's Woods that became know as the Shattuck Estate. After he died in 1964, the mansion eventually fell into the local Nassau county's hands and there was plans to turn the estate into a golf course, residential or other commercial use. Local activists soon brought those proposals down and now the estate has been overtaken by woods and is a peaceful place to hike and bicycle. The mansion was initially a hippie, then drug hangout before it was torn down in 2013. The Shattuck Estate is now known as Manetto Hill Preserve. The pictures of the mansion's tumble into ruin have a haunting quality to them, don't you think?  

If you are a male Porland, Oregon Shattuck descendant, and wish to dig deeper into your ancestral past through a DNA test, please contact me.



























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