By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

Of Morganfield, is the son of John and Ruth Catherine (Offutt) Shoemaker. His father, a gunsmith, was born near Pittsburg, Penn., in 1789, and was married twice in that part of Shelby County that is now spencer; the first time to a Miss David, and the next to our subject's mother; and both of his parents died in Spencer County, respectively, in 1854 and November 18754. His maternal grandparents were Andrew and Elizabeth (Offutt) Offutt.

Dr. Shoemaker was born in Spencer County, June 5, 1837. Some seven years in the Spencer County common schools and a ten months' term at St. Mary's College, in which he took a commercial course with Latin and mathematics included, completed his literary training. he came to Union County in March, 1858, and during the war began reading medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. R. D. Spalding and William A. Jones. He then attended one term each in the Louisville University and the Kentucky School of Medicine, graduating from the latter institution in 1865, and receiving a diploma. He afterward received a diploma in 1868 from the Louisville University upon the occasion of the two institutions being merged into one. He had, in 1857, taught a fall term of public school, and ran a drug store for two or three years.

Our subject was married at Sacred Heart Church on June 4, 1866, to Frances Ellen Payne, the daughter of John and Jane C. (Spalding) Payne,  whose biography is found in the Waverly chapter. Mrs. Shoemaker was born in Union County September 19, 1847. Six children have been born to this couple, as follows: John Payne, Mary Elizabeth, Ruth Jane, William Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Theophilus. Thomas is perhaps the youngest practical politician in the State. In 1884, although his father was not for Laffoon, this little boy worked and shouted and enthused for Polk so hard, that when Mr. Laffoon actually got to Congress he had Tommy appointed Page in Congress, and now the boy has made a Laffoon man of his father, and has the reputation of being the strongest Laffoon man in the district.

Dr. Shoemaker's practice has been that of a country practitioner, with a preference for surgical cases. When Page's mill blew up, Dr. Shoemaker was summoned to the scene of the disaster. He found Dangerfield dead, Page with his skull fractured and his shoulder dislocated, and Shroats with a fractured skull. Trepanning was resorted to in Shroats' case with success. Dr. Shoemaker also took the ball out of John Caton's neck, where it had lodged near the carotid artery. He is a member of the McDowell Association, and also of the American Medical Association. He has been a member of the Catholic Church since infancy, and is a member of the Catholic Knights, in which order he is the examining physician. A farm of 90 acres, all cultivated, situated near town, belongs to him. He owns various tenement houses and a handsome, commodious and convenient residence, built in 1884. Dr. Shoemaker is an honor and a benefit to the county of his adoption, and a physician of ability and growing reputation.