The Ringgold Record, 1888
The town was startled on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 3rd., by the announcement of the sudden death of Col. SHATTUCK. He
had been preceptibly failing since Spring, but no one had expected such a rapid change when it finaly came. Mr. C. L.
SHATTUCK was born in Pitcher, Courtland Co., N.Y., April 28, 1824. His mature life was given at first to the service of
the N.Y. Central Ry. He was stationed at Palmyra, N.Y., before he moved to Iowa in 1876. He entered the employ of the C.B.
& Q. at Ottumwa, Iowa, in that year. Upon the completion of the road to Mt. Ayr he came to this town and spent the
remainder of his days. Thus, we see an admirable trait of character and stability. He was not of those who were always
looking for something better, and ready to pursue that vision, but worked diligently at his post. He was in the employ of
the two railroads for twenty-seven years. He was sound in his judgment as to the right of the control of property. He acted
upon the correct principle that the owners of property have the right to control it. Therefore during the attempts which some
employees have made to wrest the control of the railroad from his late employers, he stood firmly by his employers to the
end. He said to me one day at the station, during what has been called the C.B. & Q. strike, "If I had money invested in
proeprty which required my employment of men to work it, I would expect to keep the management of it in my own hands. And
if the men whom I employed undertook to manage it to suit themselves I would let it lie and rot before I would give in to
them. When I saw the excitement coming I wrote to my son [Jacob], stick to your engine. Do whatever the railroad company
wants you to do, and you will come out all right. And he took my advice and has been promoted."
Besides having stability and judgment, he was a good neighbor, had a kind heart for the distressed and was open to
benevolent impulses, took great pleasure in the enjoyment of children, and was an affectionate husband and father. The
funeral services were conducted at the house on Friday, at 10 o'clock, by Rev. E. P. WOOD, assisted by Rev. T. H. JONES. A
very large gathering of citizens paid their respects to his memory at the services, and a long train waited upon the
remains to the [Rose Hill] cemetery where he was laid by the monument which marks the burial place of his younger son [Charles].
NOTE: Col. Charles Lyman SHATTUCK was born April 28, 1824, the son of David P. and Asenath (PHELPS) SHATTUCK. He was 64
at the time of his death. His wife Rhayadergrey (WINSLOW) SHATTUCK was born circa 1830. Of their children:
Charles L. SHATTUCK was born on September 27, 1861 in the State of New York, and died at the age of 23 years on November 11, 1884 with interment at
Rose Hill Cemetery; and Jacob SHATTUCK was born in 1848, and died at the age of 44 on March 11, 1893 with interment at
Rose Hill Cemetery.
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