|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1886|
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 1986|
The Milan Standard
Thursday, March 10, 1981 Section 2, Pg1
By Laura James
Mrs. Eula Shatto has seen a lot of changes in her lifetime; she turned 95 last February 8. She's done a lot of things and experienced times that most people weren't even around for. And she says with a laugh, "I've been a busy gal all the way through."
Mrs. Shatto was born on a farm in Reger, Mo. in 1886. She fondly remembers her childhood days on the farm, riding a horse everywhere, helping with the chores and enjoying being with her family and relatives. "We all lived right there in a puddle, my relatives and me." she says.
"Times weren't that hard." she says. "We were happy with what we had." Mrs. Shatto remembers picking apples from their orchard and making cider and vinegar. Her family had a milk cow for their own milk and they made cheese the old fashioned way. "I just get hungry for some good old milk," she says.
She continued her education after high school when she went to Columbia, Mo. to attend Stephens College where she studied music. Her studies came to a halt before the end of her first year at Stephens when her mother became ill. "I didn't ask any questions, I just packed up my bags and came home," she says. Being the only girl child, it was Mrs., Shatto's responsibility to look after her mother. But her love of music and her strong spirit prevailed, and Mrs. Shatto says she traveled by horseback around the country teaching piano lessons.
In 1909, at the age of 22, Mrs. Shatto, then Eula DeWitt, married Alexander Shatto. She recalls their "sparkin horse" which they used when she and Alexander went out together. "We kept that hourse until he died," she says. The had five children, three girls and two boys. When their oldest daughter reached school age, they moved to Milan so their children could get an education.
Mrs. Shatto recalls the things she has seen, such as the New York and St. Louis World Fairs and the many changes she has seen through the years.
She remembers the Hotel Stanley as a young building., "It was a grand place, with a large dining room and big long tables," she says.
Mrs. Shatto thinks that transportation and roads have changed most over the years. She says it used to take almost all day to get to Kirksville by horse and buggy and that the roads were very rough. Then later when the trains came, it took about two hours to get to Kirksville.
She recalls that a local doctor owned the first car in Reger. "You could hear the car's engine in the telephone," she says. And she and her cousin would run to catch up with the doctor just to get a ride in his car. Although she was very enthusiastic about riding in a car, Mrs. Shatto didn't feel that way about driving one. "I never learned to drive," she says. "And never wanted to."
Mrs. Shatto thinks the automobile might have caused some changes in family life over the years. "We stayed home at night, not like the kids do nowadays," she says. The entire family did things together and going somewhere was too much trouble unless they got an early start because of the time it took to hitch up a team of horses to a wagon.
Though she has a television she says she rarely watches it. "There's so much silliness in it," she says. InNstead, Mrs. Shatto keeps herself busy by attending PEO meetings and going to church. "I can't remebver when I've missed a Sunday," she says. Mrs. Shatto is active in the choir at the Methodist Church and she takes care of the communion for the entire congregation.
Mrs. Shatto admits that almost everything around her has changed. This includes washing clothes in a machine instead of by hand in a tub, and cooking on a range rather than keeping a fire going to fix her meals. Of all the changes she has seen in her 95 years, Mrs. Shatto can think of one thing that has not changed. "I'm the only thing that's stayed the same all these years."
Mark Pinkney DeWitt (1858 - 1937)
Bertha Agnes Swanger DeWitt (1862 - 1935)
James Alexander Shatto (1887 - 1964)
Marjorie Shatto Jones (1910 - 1983)*
John DeWitt Shatto (1914 - 1995)*
James Alexander Shatto (1915 - 2007)*
Bertha Alice Shatto Loder (1917 - 1998)*
Rachel Josephine Shatto Cassity (1920 - 1964)*
Eula Blanche DeWitt Shatto (1886 - 1986)
Joel Swanger DeWitt (1894 - 1987)*
Created by: Don DeWitt
Record added: Feb 20, 2009
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