Albert Milo Shattuck
: 10th May 1906 - Massachusetts
Died : 26th September 1985 - Ukiah, Mendocino
Married : Ella
: Albert Milo Shattuck - b. August 12, 1870 &
married 26th June 1901
Abby Smith Fisher ( b. 10th May 1874 - Mass.)
Siblings : Grant, James & Mark ( died in infancy )
Milo Shattuck, a Harvard graduate and a young poet. ( Thomas A.) Watson helped finance his trip to England to study and, while there, Milo went to a retreat in Devonshire. The retreat was conducted by Meredith Starr, who had recently returned from India, after spending several months with Meher Baba at Toka,near Ahmednagar. On Meredith's return, through the activities oft his retreat, he was preparing to receive Meher Baba on His first visit to England.
God-Man ; Purdom, page 18
After a ten-hour ride, Baba reached Combe Martin at five o'clock. They went to the eighty-five acre property of East Challacombe which was a couple of miles away and where several Western devotees were awaiting the Master's arrival. They included Esther and Kenneth Ross, Milo Shattuck, Margaret Starr, Ann Powell, Tom Sharpley, Mrs. Helmer, Charles Purdom, Enid Corfe and Dorothy Cousins, all of whom had contributed money toward Baba's trip to England. Baba was tired from the journey and only glanced at the people, not stopping for anyone except Margaret Starr. When his eyes met hers, Margaret's eyes bathed in tears which she could not stop.
Another American link for the Master's work was Milo Shattuck. He was a young man who had spent a year at the retreat in Devonshire. In the summer of 1931, Meredith sent him to America to contact certain interested people and tell them about Meher Baba and his intended visit to England that fall.
It was Shattuck who had first told ( Thomas A) Watson about Baba. He had also met Jean Adriel and Malcolm Schloss when they were at a farm in New Hampshire, and he told them about Meher Baba and his coming visit to the West. Jean and Malcolm were interested and eager to come to England, but financial circumstances prevented them. However, they wrote letters to Meredith, which he showed at this time to Baba who smiled and remarked, "They are mine. It is essential that they meet me."
On September 25th, another new visitor named Quentin Tod came to meet Baba. He was an American actor and comedian living in England, and he had always been interested in spirituality. In 1930, Tod had met Margaret Craske and Mabel Ryan and had become a friend of theirs. When Margaret returned from Devonshire in the spring of 1931, she told Tod of Meher Baba and he became eager to meet him.
Quentin Tod was brought to the Davys' house by Milo Shattuck, whom he had met at lunch that day with Margaret and Mabel. Tod felt nervous as he climbed the stairs to Baba's room. When he entered the room, he found Baba seated cross-legged on the bed by the window with Agha Ali and Chanji at his side; however, he was so engrossed in seeing Baba that he forgot about the others around him. Baba smiled and motioned for him to sit beside him. He took his hand and patted Tod's shoulder. Tod felt tremendous love and peace emanating from Baba, and also experienced the feeling of recognition of a long-lost friend.
In May of 1931, Malcolm saw Richard Mayer again in Boston. He also met Thomas A.Watson who, along with Mayer, was planning on sailing for England to spend some time at Meredith Starr's retreat. In June, Malcolm and Jean sold their bookshop and moved to Hancock, New Hampshire, to live communally with a group of like minded spiritual seekers from Boston. In July, Mary Antin called, saying Milo Shattuck had come back from England. Shattuck had not yet met Baba, but had heard all about him from Meredith Starr. Jean and Malcolm were deeply impressed.
Milo Shattuck, had come up to New Hamsphire to visit his friend, the writer, Mary Antin, who was spending the summer at the artist and writers 'MacDowell Colony' in nearby Peterborough. She told Milo about the New Life experiment and he was interested in going to Hancock and meeting the people living there. Within an hour he was there, telling Malcolm and Jean about Meredith Starr's retreat and about Meher Baba, although Milo had not yet met Him. Then, in September, with the Schloss's back in a borrowed apartment in New York, they and the others in their group heard that Meher Baba would be coming to America soon.
Baba saw nine visitors at Harmon on November 14th. Among them was Kitty Davy's younger sister Angela Lambert, who had missed seeing Baba in London. Milo Shattuck, Grace Mann, Howard Inches and Donald Holloway also came to Harmon for a few days.
NEW YORK was unlike any other city Baba had been to and it intrigued him. On Sunday, November 15th, Baba was driven to Manhattan concerning travel documents for his return to Europe and India. Afterward, he met with several new people at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Robinson. He then went to stay at the Phelps Stokes' residence at 88 Grove Street for two days. Among those he saw in New York were Milo Shattuck and Julian Lamar again, and Anita and her mother Jacqueline de Caro, a strict Catholic who nonetheless felt something special when she saw Baba in person.
Also at the meeting was Thomas A. Watson, famous for his collaboration with Alexander Graham Bell in the invention of the telephone -- a genial spirit whose interest and enthusiasm for creative activity had kept him vitally young in his seventy-year-old body. He had heard of us and our work through Mary Antin, author of "The Promised Land," and he was familiar with Meredith Starr's retreat through Milo Shattuck, young American poet -- a protégé of his -- who had spent a number of months and been greatly benefited.
I do remember Meredith Starr. Later I was to meet Meredith's brother-in-law Kenneth Ross, who became my husband. I also remember clearly Princess Matchabelli —a fascinating and unusual person, and young Anita de Caro who always seemed to be close to her. Among other young people there was Milo Shattuck, Grace Mann, Howard Inches, Donald Holloway, with all of whom I went rowing on the river below the house.
( see photo below )
The Awakener ; Volume 19, Number 1, Page 31
- They were welcomed by a few of Baba's followers who were still there, namely Josephine Grabau, Mary Antin, Milo Shattuck, Anita de Caro, Howard Inches and Grace Mann. Josephine asked Darwin if he would like to write to Baba. He did, pouring out his heart in a letter, offering his life in Baba's service. Darwin immediately mailed it and returned to the retreat for dinner. Halfway through the meal, he began to feel Baba replying to the letter.
ALBERT MILO SHATTUCK, ( FATHER ) Physician,
was born in Groton, Massachusetts,
August 12, 1870, son of Milo H. and Susan Parker (Fitch) Shattuck. His father
was born March 20, 1822, in Pepperell, Massachusetts, but lived during his active
life in Groton, where he died October 20, 1905, at the age of eighty-four years.
He w-as a general merchant at Groton for many years. His mother was born at
East Sebago, Maine. September l, 1834, and died at Groton, November 19, 1915. Be-
sides Albert Milo Shattuck there were three other sons: Mark, who died in infancy;
Grant Warren, now a prominent merchant in Groton ; and James F., well known in
the insurance business in Boston.
Dr. Shattuck is descended in the paternal line from the pioneer, William Shattuck, who was born in England in 1622 ; came to New England and located in
Watertown, before 1640; died there August 14, 1672; a shoemaker and planter. He
is ancestor of all the Colonial families of this surname. The Shattuck family has
been prominent in Groton from the foundation of the town. Dr. Shattuck is
descended from William Shattuck's son, John Shattuck, born February 11, 1643-44,
a soldier in King Philip's War, drowned while in the service, in crossing the Charles
Dr. Shattuck's early education was received in the pulilic and high schools and
Lawrence Academy, all of Groton, graduating in 1891 from the latter. He was a
student at Harvard one year, then entered Dartmouth Medical School, from which
he was graduated in 1895 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. During the
following year he was an interne in Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Massachu-
setts. The following two years were spent in travel and study in Europe. Dr.
Shattuck began practice in Worcester in 1898. His office and residence since that
time have been at No. 21 High street. He has taken high rank among the general
practitioners of the city. He is a member of the Worcester District Medical So-
ciety, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.
He is one of the staff of visiting physicians of the Worcester City Hospital, and
for two years was on the staff of the Memorial Hospital of this city, and also visit-
ing physician of St. Vincent's Hospital for a number of years. He is a charter
member of the Worcester Country Club, member of the Economic Club and the
Congregational Club of Worcester, and at present president of the Shakespeare
Club. He is a communicant of Union Congregational Church. In politics he is a
Dr. Shattuck married, June 26, 1901, Abby Smith Fisher, ( MOTHER ) who was born at
Norwood, Massachusetts, May 10. 1874, died in this city, November 12, 1915, daugh-
ter of William C. and Emily E. (Atkins) Fisher. She attended the Norwood public
schools, and graduated from Wellesley College in the class of 1897. She was widely
known in this city through her active work in behalf of children and young women
and her prominence in social afifairs. For a number of years she was prominent in
the Young Women's Christian Association, a member of its executive board, one
of its library committee at the time of her death, and formerly a member of the
international committee of the Young Women's Christian Association. She was
at one time president of the Wellesley College Club of this city, and of the College
Club ; a member of the Hall Club, the Shakespeare Club, the Emerson Club and
the Worcester Woman's Club. She was a communicant of Union Congregational
Church. Two sisters survive Mrs. Shattuck — Emily Curtis Fisher, of Norwood,
and Mrs. George E. Day, of Somerville; also a brotlier, Fred L. Fisher, of Nor-
wood. Dr. Shattuck has one son. Albert M., Jr., born May 10, 1906.
Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, Calif. Friday, September '27, 1985
Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church for Albert Milo Shattuck, 79, of Ukiah, who died Sept. 26 in a local hospital.
Pastor Russ Gordon will officiate. Cremation will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Eversole Mortuary.
Shattuck was born May 10, 1906 in Massachusetts. He had lived in California 40 years, 15 years in the Ukiah area. A retired Mendocino State Hospital social worker and World War II veteran, Shattuck was a member of Lewis White Post 76, American Legion, and charter member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He is survived by his wife, Ella Shattuck of Ukiah.
Mendocino State Hospital