LUCILLE CHRISTENSEN (SHUTTS) SWAIN
b. 21 Aug 1907 Allen, Dixon Co., NE
Ret English Teacher
B.A. Iowa State Teachers College
Bell ringer award for radio script - Univ. of Mich.
(1st) JAMES HERVEY SHUTTS
b. 28 Aug 1908 Pella, Marion Co., IA
M. A. and Ph. D. from Uni. of Iowa
Numerous Scientific Fellowships
Lt. Commander, WWII in Pacific Fleet; skipper of APL stationed in Okinawa, slated as hospital ship for invasion of Japan.
His photography prints hung in International Nature Salon, Boston with such others as Ansel Adams, Barry Goldwater and Allan Cruikschank.
Lecturer, writer for many professional magazines. Did teaching films for science.
Officer in National Science Organizations
Officer in Local, State & National Am Baptist Church.
THE J. HERVEY SHUTTS CHRONICLE
Hervey and I lived out some 38 chapters together in this book. During the last three months I have re-written this final one many times. No copy has been satisfactory, and in a sense can never be, because for all of us, there is forever some part of us missing. There are the recorded dates: births, marriages and deaths of three generations. Hervey's closest professional associate and the man who now fills his position at 807 NE Broadway had this to say in the September Newsletter to the Minneapolis Science teachers:
"The official obituary for Dr. Shutts left much unsaid. The facts about a man, his age, his place of birth, his survivors, just don't convey the picture of the man."
The facts can be found in such places as Who's Who in the Midwest, American Men of Science, and Who's Who in American Education, but a few flashes from my collage in the last three months are Hervey to me.
The funny little birth announcement (Pella, Iowa, James Hervey Shutts, August 28, 1908 - "I's tum!")
The death certificate (Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (Minneapolis), Minnesota, September 7, 1971. CVA, infection, diabetes, cancer)
Our children and grandchildren
A valentine in the top drawer (he forgot to give it to me - or was I to find it later?) Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet, "How do I love thee" with its prophetic last line which I would not have given special notice on February 14, 1971
Neat and careful files of our business
An old St. Paul Pioneer Press with a full-page story on Hervey's research in isolating the hatching enzyme of the grasshopper and a picture of him in his old gray lab coat
The inscription in a book by Dr. Paul Brandwein, "To Hervey, who does so much for so many"
"Deep in December, it's nice to remember" the trip we made to Spain and Morocco last April.
The collage is very blurred from June 19th when Hervey capitulated and entered a Rochester Hospital and the Mayo Clinic where one disaster followed another. The ambulance trip to Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis on August 11th.
A 3 x 5 index card, also in his top dresser drawer, some honest words: "In our prayers and by our worship, we affirm the God we want and deny the God we have."
My own words, which I have often repeated to my literature students, returning to me:
"A CYCLE OF LIFE SO COMPLETE HAS ITS OWN BEAUTY."
(2nd Marriage) RONALD RALPH SWAIN
b. 27 Nov 1902 on farm near Ogden, Boone Co., IA
Manager Telephone Co.
Boone Junior College
Ethel writes "met Ronald when Floyd La Favre was minister in the United Brethren church next to the Swain Farm near Ogden. Our first date I was 15; Ronald was 19."
He loves cars. Driving is utter delight for him.
Ethel-my Aunt by Rowenna Erbach
We were taught to say "Aunt Ethel", but as she reached college age she became more comfortable for us to just say "Ethel" as we were so near her age. As a child I remember with much pleasure the many ideas she had for ways to play. Even later when I think she drove "the Cleveland" I marveled that she would organize us into hide and seek around the farm and relate so well to "us little kids". We really idolized her for that. We were very proud as she finished her college degree and later her master's degree from Columbia in N. Y.
When Hervey came into the family we were amazed that he was even taller than Uncle Renus. Today with all of the tall basketball players, etc. it doesn't amaze us but at that point in our experience it did. Later we found he was a lot of other things too, a scientist, a vocalist, a photographer, etc. He entered pictures in a salon with Ansel Adams, was a resource person for many meetings, and led a very busy life. Later after Hervey's death Ronald came into our family. He was a family friend from years past and has been a joy to all of us as he has so graciously accepted us as family. Ethel has done much work to gather our family history and put it in good order. She is a talented writer from early years of her life to now, and we appreciate
her very much.
P. S. from Rowenna Joan Richards Blum
I have copies (and would share if it is O.K. with Aunt Ethel) of some of her compositions written in high school and college. They are delightful to read and are based on her experiences as a child of a Danish Immigrant family and her Danish cultural heritage. The one entitled Andreas is included in the early part of this book in the section on Andrew and Mary Christensen's original family.
A. MARY ELIZABETH SHUTTS GIBBS (1937-1970)
b. 13 Feb 1937
Home mission work
ELWYN DUANE GIBBS
b. Loyalton, Sierra Co., CA
He is pastor of Prince of Peace Church
From the Shutts Family Christmas Letter
Written in 1970
This chapter contains the saddest event in the Shutts family chronicle, for on August 26th Mary left us at the age of 33. Her memorial service was a triumphant onefitting and appropriate to her life. On her 21st birthday, while she was a student at the University of Minnesota, the diagnosis was confirmed that she had Hodgkin's Disease. Elwyn and she were married four months later. Their life together took them to two years of seminary, home mission work in Hammond, Indiana and Chicago, and two pastorates Anderson, Indiana, and finally New Brunswick, New Jersey where Elwyn is still associate minister of the First Baptist Church. We are grateful that Mary was able to stay with us for twelve and one-half years, thanks to her will and God working through modern medicine, of which she had the best.
The three Gibbs children, Marjorie, 9, Beth. 8, and Cheryl, 4, are living with their Uncle Jim in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines, IA. Jim and his family had been in their new house just five days when Mary died. Since school was about to start the children came back from New Jersey to begin school in a beautiful suburban school with the latest in educational philosophy. Their previous schooling had always been in the inner-city.
WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
By Mary Shutts (sometime before 1958)
Christmas means that look of anticipation on my baby brother's face; my little sister's inevitable disclosure of the presents for the family; my big brother's annual request for me to wrap his presents; my mother still baking cookies on Christmas Eve in spite of vows that this year she really will get the goodies made long before the great day arrives; my father's insatiable thirst for neckties; the whole family's participation in tying bits of candy on the tree, a personal Christmas greeting to Holiday guests.
Christmas means the hanging of stockings just before bedtime. Then while everyone else is sleeping soundly, I live again my day at the hospital where I am a nurse's aide. I see the pale looks of discouraged people, pain in the eyes of others, the silent stares of some, but something is different during this season. The tidy uniformed nurses seem to have taken on a new devotion to their work. The vibrant voices of carolers echo down the halls, bringing their message of peace to the sick. I feel the withered hand of the sightless lady in Room 213, who asks me to read the Christmas story from the Bible. A look of peace comes over her as she thanks me. Other scenes pass in my mind the happiness of the polio-stricken mother in her respirator when her husband and the tiny son she has never held visit her and bring armloads of presents; the paralyzed woman whose hands cannot move but whose eyes glow upon hearing me tell of the outside world's Christmas; the preparation of a little girl for the trip homeward in time for Christmas. These things Christmas means to me.
The excitement of Christmas finds me still wide awake and part of a laughing group of carolers. During our singing, a shining look spreads over the pain-stricken face of an arthritic. In a humble home, tears fill the eyes of an old couple. As a mother opens her door to receive our basket of food, the hungry children peek out from behind her skirts as they shyly join in singing "Away in a Manger." All of us family and carolers have a warm feeling. This is what Christmas means to me.
I finally fall off to sleep, and it seems only a few minutes until the family jollity wakens me. Christmas morning at the crack of dawn finds my dad heading a parade down the stairs to the merry singing of "Jingle Bells." Before we open our gifts, we gather around the tree and Dad reads expressively the miraculous story of the birth of Jesus Christ. "Glory to God in the highest!" We bow our heads in silent prayer, grateful that at this season here in America, we can worship freely the Prince of Peace.
These are the things that Christmas means to me. Mary Shutts
(2nd) VIOLA (VICKIE) B. WELLS
b. Trenton, Mercer Co., NJ
Psychiatric Social Worker
M.S.W. Uni. of PA
1. MARJORIE ELLEN GIBBS - see below
2. ELIZABETH ANN GIBBS - see below
3. CHERYL LYNN GIBBS
b. Chicago, Cook Co., IL
College student, Food clerk
Attending Sacramento State
1. MARJORIE ELLEN GIBBS (retained family name)
a. DOMINIC ANTHONY CIRINCIONI
2. ELIZABETH ANN GIBBS RAGER
b. Hammond, IN
Mother, military wife
Living in Frankfurt WEST GERMANY
MARK THOMAS RAGER
b. Hartford, CT
Staff Sgt. in U. S. Air Force
Working on Bachelors in airfield management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautics School.
Mark has been in the Air Force for 9 years as an aircraft mechanic on C-5 and C-141 type aircraft. Currently spending a 4 year tour overseas in Frankfurt, West Germany. He travels all over Europe and North Africa doing work on aircraft. Last summer he spent 2 weeks working and traveling in Denmark.
a. CHRISTOPHER MARK RAGER
Questions. Questions, Questions!
Likes to learn nursery rhymes and sing, go bowling. Hitting a baseball and basketball are his specialties. At 3 years old has been to 6 different countries. Loves airplanes and helicopters.
b. COURTNEY ELIZABETH RAGER
b. U. S. Army hospital in Frankfurt, Germany
Long curly brown hair, bright gray eyes and a sweet shy smile that reveals a set of dimples.
B. HERVEY JAMES (JIM) SHUTTS II
b. Davenport, Scott Co., IA
B.A. U of MN
MARIE LOUISE MONEY
b. Elgin, IL
Works at Swingstar, Inc.-Sportswear Credits & Returns
1. STEPHANIE ANN SHUTTS
b. Albuquerque, NM
Attending Washington University in St. Louis.
2. CHRISTOPHER JAMES SHUTTS
b. Des Moines, IA
Has own business, owns patent
Started two businesses before he was 15. Holds patent on an electronic device which he manufactures and sells.
C. DOROTHY LUCILE SHUTTS GROTZ
b. Mankato, Blue Earth Co., MN
Worked for telephone companies '66-78
JOHN VICTOR GROTZ
b. Sheridan, Sheridan Co., WY
Assoc. in Science- Casper Jr. College- Casper, WY
Now with Autocon a company that makes controls for sewage and waste water plants.
Enjoys making wooden toys and other wooden projects.
1. JAMES VICTOR GROTZ
b. St Louis Park, MN
camping and the out of doors
In children's choir at church
2. SARA LUCILE GROTZ
b. St Louis Park, MN
Likes people, loves Sunday School, dance & singing
Adores her father & brother & Mommy, Donald Duck and Mickey
Mouse. Likes to dress up in dresses, shoes, hats, purses.
D. CARL RICHARD SHUTTS
b. Mankato, Blue Earth Co., MN
Secondary School Principal
B.A. Uni. of MN- Speech Theatre & Communications
Currently is secondary school principal.
MARILYN BETH SUBAK
b. Minneapolis, Hennipen Co., MN
Is a Nurse Anesthetist
1. KRISTIN BETH SHUTTS
b. Minneapolis, Hennipen Co., MN
2. ADAM JOHN SHUTTS
b. Minneapolis, Hennipen Co., MN
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