biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ISAAC G. SHOEMAKE, a highly respected farmer of Madison Township, was born in the State of Indiana, April 8, 1839, and is the son of Enoch and Desdemona (Nicols) Shoemake. His father was a native of Ohio and his mother of Indiana. They came to Iowa in 1840, and located in Jefferson County, where they resided for three years, then came to this county and settled in Madison Township, where they took up a claim and improved it. Isaac G. remained at home working with his father upon the farm until the outbreak of the late rebellion, when he enlisted in Co. H, 8th Iowa Vol. Inf., and served with his regiment until the close of the war, participating in many battles and skirmishes, and faithfully and bravely performing his duty as a soldier. After the war Mr. Shoemake returned to his home in this county, and on March 30, 1864, was united in marriage with Miss Ruth A. Williams, a daughter of Charles and Ruth (Anderson) Williams, natives of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Shoemake are the parents of ten children: William, deceased; Maggie and Bertha, at home; John, deceased; Rupert, Charles, Hattie and Lena, at home; Carl, deceased, and Della, at home. Mr. Shoemake is an active, wide-awake Republican, and a member of the G. A. R. He is President of the School Board in his district, and the friend and encourager of education. His home farm consists of 200 acres of fine land in an excellent state of cultivation, and supplied with the better class of improvements. He is a man of more than ordinary intelligence and fine business ability, and has made a success of his avocation. He possesses those qualities which constitute a first-class citizen, and enjoys the confidence and regard of his acquaintances and friends.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy