Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook fruit, sugar, and water until thick. Cool.
Mix flour, brown sugar, and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles meal. (at least 1 minute in a food processor). Add oatmeal and mix well. Add milk and blend.
Pack half the dough into greased 8-inch square pan. Spread fruit mixture on top. Spread remaining flour mixture over fruit. Bake 40 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.