Lee County Biography


H.O. Shoemaker, an enterprising and prosperous young agriculturist of Amboy township, operating a farm of seventy-five acres on section 6. is a worthy representative of one of the honored pioneer families of Lee county. His birth occurred in this county in 1882, his parents being Jacob and Cora E. Shoemaker. The father, long a prominent and respected citizen of Lee county, passed away in 1896 and lies buried in the Temperance Hill cemetery of China township. The mother, who was born in Marion township, this county, in 1857, and who now makes her home with our subject, is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which she has spent her entire life.

H.O. Shoemaker attended school in his native township until fifteen years of age and subsequently assisted his widowed mother in the operation of the home farm in Amboy township, which he at present operates. General agricultural pursuits have claimed his attention throughout his entire business career, and in addition to the raising of cereals he also keeps about eight horses, eighteen head of cattle and forty-five hogs. The residence on the place was erected by his father and is still in excellent condition. In the conduct of his farming interests Mr. Shoemaker has won a measure of success that entitles him to recognition among the representative and enterprising citizens of his native county.

In his political views Mr. Shoemaker is a progressive and a stanch supporter of Theodore Roosevelt. He attends the Evangelical church, while fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to Dixon Camp, No. 56. In the community which has always been his home he is popular with a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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