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Wonderful Women of Norwood-Maude Alice Shattuck

We are proud to present as this month’s Wonderful Woman of .

Maude was born September 1, 1880, in Norwood to Edmund J. Shattuck and Emma L. (Morrill) Shattuck. She was one of five siblings—Lois, Louise, Edmund, & (named for her aunt who died on March 7, 1895).

Maude was true “Norwood Royalty.“ Her grandfather was of the . Her grandmother was Sarah Bond Tidd. Her mother’s sister, Grace, married Howard Plimpton; another one of her mother’s sisters, Hannah, married Lewis Henry Plimpton. An aunt, Henrietta, (wife of ) was the daughter of and Olive Smith (daughter of and Anna Rhodes).

(rear) with twin sisters Lois and Louise and in front, 1890 (Photo colorized by the )

Maude’s father, Edmund, came to work at the George H. Morrill & Company Ink Works from Northfield, Vermont. This company manufactured ink and was among the foremost in its time in this country. In a short time, Edmund attained a high position in the company and married the owner’s daughter.

Maude graduated from Dana Hall in Wellesley in 1898 and Smith College in 1902. As befitting a woman of her social position and that time, Maude never actually had a job or profession but rather spent her entire life as a volunteer. In this way she followed in her father’s footsteps: although a very prominent businessman, also spent his life also giving back to the community of Norwood. He worked in public office giving his time freely for the public welfare. Edmund was the of the Republican town committee, served on the board of the commissioners, worked on bringing new industries into town (including ), and served on the for Norwood (including Norwood , the , and the building).

With Edmund’s public service as her role mode, it’s not difficult to understand Maude’s lifelong passion for giving back to Norwood. In 1917, she was chairperson of “Surgical Dressings” — “A branch that is known for excellent output”, as it was described in the Smith Alumni Magazine. In 1917, she served on the Naval Aid Society with Mrs. .

In 1918, she was secretary/treasurer of the Smith College Alumni Committee. In 1927, Maude was chairperson of the Norwood branch of the . From to 1929, she served on the Norwood Committee. From -1945, she served on the Norwood Committee for and was chairperson of the War Services Committee. In 1918, she began her long association with the (an institution named in honor of her aunt, Sarah Bond Morrill and given by the Morrill family to the ). Maude served as a Trustee from 1918 to and as chairperson from -1956. Sadly, in 1953 while Maude chaired the Board of , the board voted to branch children’s Mrs. Mary Knowles for suspicion of being “a known communist.”

After a lifetime of public service to Norwood, Maude Alice Shattuck passed in 1962 at the age of 82. She is interred in .

Her life was well lived—she was truly a “Wonderful Woman of Norwood“!

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