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 George Rufus Shatto

George Rufus Shatto

Chatham, Medina County, Ohio, USA
Death 1 Jun 1893 (aged 42)
Ravenna, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 9770188 · View Source
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Son of John Shatto and Mary Magdalena Ohl

Married Clara Ruth Alward "Clarissa" Whitney 15 August 1876. Flint, Genesee County, Michigan
Walter Ohl Shatto - 24 January 1881, died age 8 months

George was the seventh of eight known children in his family. His father was a farmer and moved the family from Medina County, Ohio, to Genesee County Michigan between 1850 and 1860. His father lost his life in the civil war.

George was not interested in farming. Instead he had a keen business sense. In 1870 he was clerking in a dry goods store in Flushing and in 1880 owned a profitable retail business in clothing, household and dry goods in Port Huron, Michigan. Seeing opportunities in the Los Angeles building boom in April 1886, he moved the family and became an entrepreneur in real estate development and other ventures including the Orange Heights subdivision in the Wilshire district. A number of his Whitney in-laws followed him to Los Angeles to participate in his development projects.

In 1887, George Shatto purchased the island of Catalina and planned a resort town, initially named Shatto City. His brother-in-law Edwin Whitney, built and operated two hotels there and his wife Etta persuaded George to change the town's name to Avalon. The naming of Avalon Boulevard in Los Angeles was consciously named so as it led to the port where cruise ships took people to the resort. George had several business partners in the Catalina Island venture that included mining operations. Minerals were not discovered, his partners pulled out and George was forced to sell the island.

George lost his life in a tragic train crash near Ravenna, Kern County, California while on a trip exploring mining properties.

His mansion stood on Shatto Place, now the site of a hospital. After his untimely death in a train crash his widow continued the real estate business until her death in 1942. She became a major philanthropist endowing scholarships, public parks and the Shatto Chapel of the First Congregational Church, Los Angeles. Anything in Los Angeles with the Shatto name attached is due to George and his wife Clarissa.

Los Angeles Times
June 4, 1893, pg 10

Funeral of the Late George R. Shatto

The funeral services of the late George R. Shatto were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the family residence on Orange street. Rev. E. W. Caswell and Rev. Dr. J. W. Campbell, assisted by Rev. Dr. P. P. Bresee, conducted the services, which were very impressive. The house had been made beautiful with flowers. A quartette rendered several beautiful and appropriate selections. The pallbearers were J. S. Maltman, E. A. Forrester, J. A. Anderson, M. P. Snyder, Mr. Reynolds, J. Jevne, J. M. Elliott and Mr. Myers. The funeral was under the management of Funeral Directors Howry & Bresee, and Rosedale the place of interment.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9770188
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Rufus Shatto (15 Aug 1850–1 Jun 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9770188, citing Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Barry Michie (contributor 47110636) .