Arthur & Edna Shoemaker

Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin



The Shoemakers lived in the township of Butler and later resided in Greenwood, Wisconsin.  They eventually settled in Augusta where they spent the remainder of their lives.

Abram H. Shoemaker (Arthur's father) was born in Springfield, Mass., Oct. 27th, 1837 and moved to Wisconsin at the age of sixteen years. After eight years he returned to the old home in New York, and on Oct. 19, 1862 at Blenheim, N.Y. he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Mattice. They were the parents of seven children.


Mr. Shoemaker was also a private in Co. B. 4th Regiment New York, Heavy Artillery, his loyalty to the old flag being an inspiration to others, and most faithfully die he serve his county in the dark hours when it was torn with war and dissension. Abram was a loyal member of the G.A.R. He was a faithful soldier for his country, and in his home life gave the conscientious loyalty to his loved ones and friends in all his engagements.

Abram and Elizabeth had, three sons and three daughters Arthur and Carl, both of this city, Frank of Cornell, Anna (Mrs. Sharp of Portland, Ore.), Belva (Mrs. Greene of Greenwood) and Frances who died at the age of two years and is buried in the Greenwood City Cemetery.  Carl (Charles) was accidentally killed by an explosion around 1920.  Belva Shoemaker was born June 20, 1885, at Augusta, Wisconsin and she married Clarence Greene, June 20, 1905, in Clark County, Wisconsin.


Arthur Shoemaker, the son of Abram and the subject of this sketch, was born in 1866, shortly following the Civil War.  He married Edna M. and their children were Ernest A.; Lyman O.; Hazel W.; Esther E.; Fred L.; Donald; Aubie; Abraham H.; and Ella Maud.


New Clips

A. H. Shoemaker's letter to The Greenwood Gleaner

Wenatchee, Wash., Dec. 6, 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson, Greenwood Wis.,

Dear Friends: I will try to write you a few lines though I am too nervous to write but I wonít wait any longer. We have all been sick with colds since we came here, the climate and water donít agree with me at all. I never saw it colder in Wisconsin through the month of Nov. than it has been here. The first three days of the month was awful dry and dusty, then it began to rain and a little west of us they has great floods. It has rained and snowed the most of the time since. The mountains has been covered with snow all the time and some in the valley. This morning it began to snow about 7 oíclock and at noon there is 8 inches and it is still coming. You canít beat that in Wisconsin.

Wenatchee is in a valley on the Columbia river, surrounded by mountains. It is composed of sage brush, rocks, sand and rascals. This town is on a boom and it has got more land sharks and boomers than honest citizens. It costs about as much again to live here as it does there. Rent is very high here, we pay $10 per month for a small 4-room house and $1.50 a month for water. Pine wood costs $7 per cord, fir wood $7.50, hardwood isnít to be had, coal is $9.50 per ton. Eggs 40c a dozen, butter 35c a pound, kerosene 25c per gallon, other things average about the same. On the west between the city and the mountain the soil is pretty fair and not much stones. There is where they raise their fruit. There is I should judge between 2 and 3000 acres to fruit, apples, cherries pears and peaches. But it is all raised by irrigation, canít grow beans without it. They donít get any rain here in the summer. Everything dries up and dies without irrigation. First class fruit is higher here than it is there. The apples are all sorted here and boxed. Apples that are bruised or worm holes in them goes in the cull pile. Them you can buy for 25c to 50c a box. The best No. 1 cost from $1 to $2 per box. They are shipped from here by car loads. Besides they have several thousand bushels here in cold storage for spring shipment. But they have not got as good flavor as the eastern fruit. I never saw such large fruit as they raise here, apples 17 inches in circumference, weighing 2 lbs. and 13 ozs. I have seen lots of apples here that I could not eat more than one at a time.

Wages are $2.25 to $2.50 per day for common labor. Carl says he is coming back. My wife wants to come back and we may start any time for I donít like it here a little bit. Land is cheap, as you can see, from $300 to $1000 for one acre.

I will wait till morning and report the snow fall. Dec. 7 - well, it quit snowing last evening with a fall of 10 inches for one day. There is 4 or 5 steam boats that run from here up the river 90 miles. They canít go down any farther for the rapids and rocks.

Saw Anthony Larson here about three weeks ago. He has sold his homestead up the river and he said he was going to Alberta, Canada, to get another homestead. He went from here to Everett, Wash., on Puget Sound.

It is 165 miles from here to Seattle, 173 to Spokane. Green is still working for the Columbia River Lumber Co. They are all getting fat but me. Baby is growing like a weed and she is such a sweet little babe. If it wasnít for Belle and the baby I would start back right off but I hate to leave them for I donít think I would ever see them again. Let us hear from you. Your friend, -- A. H. Shoemaker.

Dr. Orrie Shoemaker's letter from the far north to the Greenwood Gleaner, (written June 24, 1909 and published Thursday, July 22, 1909).


Editor Greenwood Gleaner


Dear Sir;


My new address as you will notice is Nome, Alaska.  Kindly send the papers and any back numbers that you think will be of interest, in fact all will be appreciated.


I left Seattle June 2nd on Steamship Senator.  We made the 2400  miles in 12 days and were stuck in the ice in the Bering Strait four days, but arrived safe and sound. 

Weather is fine here now and prospects are good for a good season's business.


Your's truly,


O. H. Shoemaker


Census Records



1880 Federal Census--Bridge Creek, Eau Claire Co., WI

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity
 Abraham Shoemaker   Self   M   Male   W   43   NY   Farmer   VT   ME 
 Elizabeth Shoemaker   Wife   M   Female   W   33   NY   Keeping House   NY   NY 
 Arthur Shoemaker   Son      Male   W   14   WI   At School   NY   NY 
 Charles Shoemaker   Son   S   Male   W   10   WI   At School   NY   NY 
 Frank Shoemaker   Son   S   Male   W   7   WI   At School   NY   NY 
 Annie Shoemaker   Daughter  S   Female   W   6   WI   At School   NY   NY 
 Lizzie Bennett   Other      Female   W   16   WI   At School   ME   ME 

Is it possible that the Orrie O. H. Shoemaker on the 1910 record below was a son of Arthur and with him in Alaska?

1910 U. S. Federal Census - Alaska, Division 4, Cape Nome
Name Relation Race Sex Birth Month Birth Year Age Martial Status Kids born Kids Living Birth place Father birth place Mother birth place Occupation
Renney, Robert head w m July  1886 23 s     New York New York New York Unreadable
Shoemaker, Orrie O. H.  partner w m Aug 1878 31 s     Wisconsin Ohio Wisconsin  
Smith, Emma V.  partner w f Feb.  1871 38 d 2 2 Indiana Indiana Indiana  


1920 Federal Census--Otter Creek, Eau Claire Co., WI

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity Property
 Arthur A. Shoemaker   Self   M   Male   W  1866- 54 yrs  WI   NY NY Rented
 Edna M. Shoemaker   Wife   M   Female   W   47   WI   NY PA  
 Ernest A. Shoemaker   Son      Male   W   23   WI         
 Lyman O. Shoemaker   Son   S   Male   W   19  WI         
 Hazel W. Shoemaker   Daughter  S   Female   W   17  WI         
 Esther E. Shoemaker   Daughter  S   Female   W  16  WI         
 Fred L. Shoemaker  Son   S   Male    12          
 Donald Shoemaker  Son   S   Male    11          
 Aubie Shoemaker  Son   S   Male    9          
 Abraham H. Shoemaker  Son   S   Male    7          
 Ella Maud Shoemaker  Daughter  S  Female   4-9/12          



Military Records


The State of Alaska, WW I draft cards list Orrie (Arrie) H. Shoemaker, born 13 Aug 1880 as a white male with relatives living in Hixton (Hixon?) Wisconsin and residing in Nome, Alaska.





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