From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 538-539


Herman C. Shutts was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, June 6, 1839, a son of Charles and Susan (Ritchie) Shutts, natives of Tompkins County, N. Y.  His grandparents, Gabriel and Mary (Sailor) Shutts, were natives of New Jersey.  Gabriel Shutts was a militia man in the war of 1812.  In 1835 Charles Shutts moved to Ohio, and became one of the most prominent men of Sandusky County.  He was a man of sterling integrity.  He was for many years a Justice of the Peace.  His family consisted of five children -- Herman C.; Eliza, wife of C. N. Wilder; Mary J., wife of J. H Wilder; Myra M., wife of C. T. Dewey; and Lucy C., wife of H. M. Calvin, of Osage City, Kan.  Herman C. Shutts passed his early life on the home farm, receiving a limited education in the district school.  His father died in 1859, and he then took charge of the farm, managing it a year when the estate was divided, and he came to Steuben County and bought the property where he now lives.  He has devoted his energies to improving his land, and has brought it under a good state of cultivation and made it one of the best farms in the county.  His residence and farm buildings are unsurpassed in the township.  Mr. Shutts was married in 1862, to Mary Collins, daughter of Samuel and Betsey (Bush) Collins.  They have four children -- Charles, Lucas, Jennie and Erva.  Mr. Shutts has taken an active interest in all measures that promised improvement to his township.  He has filled many positions of trust and responsibility, and among others was Trustee several years.  In the fall of 1885 he was elected County Commissioner.


Submitted by Kim Davoli