MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 306
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007
SHOEMAKER --- At his home Bloomington township, Saturday, July 11, at 4 o’clock a. m., of cancer of the stomach, JOHN SHOEMAKER, aged 58 years.
The deceased was the popular and well known fruit grower, who has been an esteemed resident of this locality for thirty-four years. He was a native of Holland, seeing light on July 25, 1833. He was the youngest of a family of four children, and came to America with his parents in 1846, settling in St. Louis. His mother died in 1854 and the family removed to Muscatine, where the father followed his trade of shoemaking until his death, in 1861. John learned the trade of shoemaking, which he followed for several years after coming to Muscatine with his father.
He was united in marriage with Johanna G. Rauerdink August 31, 1858. After marrying, the deceased continued his residence in Muscatine until 1867, when he purchased forty acres of land in Bloomington township, to which he afterwards added twenty acres. His specialty for years has been the raising of small fruits, and Shoemaker’s berries were always in great demand in the market. He was a conscientious member of the Holland Baptist church, in which he has always taken a great interest, filling the position of church clerk and preaching occasionally in the chapel near his home. He leaves a wife and ten children to mourn the great loss they have sustained in his death. The children are William, Mrs. Hattie Miller, of Moscow township, George, Mollie, Harry, John, Jennie, Arthur, Alice and Ada. Besides these, one brother, Christopher, and one sister, Mrs. J. A. Schreurs, both of this city, survive him.
The funeral took place on Sunday at 2 o’clock p. m., from Spangler’s chapel in Bloomington township. Interment in the city cemetery.
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