Editor of the Holt County Press (see Wm. KAUCHER biography), and mayor of Oregon was born in Columbia County, N. Y. on December 29, 1843. The family moved to Illinois in September, 1855.

Mr. SHUTTS received an academic education and lived at Joliet, Illinois until coming to Missouri in May, 1864. He resided at Forest City, Holt County about one year and taught school there. He moved to Oregon in 1865 and began to study law with Daniel ZOOK.

He was admitted to the bar in 1866 and practiced in Oregon until 1873. He then moved to De Soto, Johnson County, Kansas where, for a short time, he practiced law and taught. He returned to his law practice in Oregon in 1873. In Aug., 1876 he purchased the Missouri Valley Times newspaper and began the publication of the Holt County Press.

He was elected mayor of Oregon in 1875 and re-elected in 1876. In the campaign of 1876, he was the Democratic candidate for representative in the state legislature from Holt County, but was defeated, the county being largely Republican. On May 6, 1868 he married Tillie COLLINS, the daughter of S. C. COLLINS, one of the old residents of Holt County.

Source: An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO., p. 35

Submitted by Dave Roberts, Lyon County, Kentucky, former Holt County resident.