Shoemaker Family Collection
ROBERT WILLIAM

Robert (Bob) Shoemaker is the youngest of John and Ella Shoemaker’s six children. Born on Tillamook Street, Portland Oregon he moved to Scappoose at age 9. Bob and his older brother John P. worked in the little factory in the basement of John H. Shoemaker’s home every day after school alongside their father. It was just a normal way of life. John H. Shoemaker continued to visit the logging camps, taking orders for boots. By now, younger son Bob was often traveling along. Bob often recalls a memorable trip. “The summer of 1933 was a scorcher – extremely low humidity and none of the usual fog and low clouds from the coast. I had just turned 12 the previous month. My Dad and I were delivering boots in the Tillamook country. I noticed smoke and brought it to my Dad’s attention. They arrived at the camp and were greeted with ‘“John, you take yourself and the boy and get the hell out of here! That fire is loose!”’ By the time we were safely out where they could see above the trees, they looked back and couldn’t believe their eyes. It was the beginning of the Great Tillamook burn.

The fall of 1942, after one year of college, Bob was drafted into the Army Air Corp as a Crew Chief for P-38’s. In November 1945 he was discharged. His sister Luella and brother-in-law Jean Hebeisen drove to California to bring him home. “I arrived back to Scappoose in the early morning and took a shower, ate the breakfast my Mom made and went straight back to the factory as normal”.

In 1969 he became President of West Coast Shoe Company and retired December 1998.

BKHMWT02LL269
  • Black Horsehide Leather
  • MP Toe
  • Black Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Nordic Brass Eyelets
  • Black Waxed Nylon Laces
  • Black Leather Family Collection Insert
$535.00
NATMWT02LL269
  • Natural Essex Leather
  • MP Toe
  • Buckskin Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Copper Eyelets
  • Brown Waxed Nylon Laces
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$535.00
BRHMWT02LL269
  • Brown Horsehide Leather
  • MP Toe
  • Tobacco Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Copper Ox Eyelets
  • Brown Waxed Nylon Laces
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$535.00
BRHNATMWT02LL269
  • Quarters / Counters: Natural Essex Leather
  • Trim / Toe Caps / Vamps: Brown Horsehide Leather
  • MP Toe
  • Tobacco Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Waxed Edges
  • Copper Ox Eyelets
  • Brown Waxed Laces
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$595.00
BRHBRPMWT02LL269
  • Quarters / Counters: Brown Pebble
  • Trim / Toe Caps / Vamps: Brown Horsehide Leather
  • MP Toe
  • Tobacco Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Waxed Edges
  • Copper Ox Eyelets
  • Brown Waxed Laces
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$595.00
HENDRIK

Hendrik Schoemaker (Henry) was the eldest son of Klaas and Klaasje Schoemaker and older brother of John H. Shoemaker. He was born August 26, 1865 in Staphorst Holland. Hendrik sailed to America in 1873 on the Steamship Rotterdam with his parents and brothers Harm (4) and Jan (1). They arrived in New York on July 16, 1873.

They settled in Laketown, Holland, Allegan County, Michigan.

At age 20, he traveled to Holland Nebraska, in the company of a Mr. Heetlage. Shortly thereafter, Hendrik married a young lady who was born in Holland Michigan and later moved to Holland Nebraska with her parents.

Hendrik followed in his father’s footsteps as a farmer. He and his wife Mary lived on a farm and farming was their occupation. They had 10 children. Their eldest child, Fred Shoemaker, came from California to work for West Coast Shoe Company. Upon retirement, they moved back to California. Fred and his wife Ada, lived in Warren, Oregon with their 2 daughters. He had a strawberry farm where many of the school children in the area picked every summer.

NAT907P269TC
  • Natural Essex Leather
  • 7" Height
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Heels 1 Lift Lower Than Std. Heel Height
  • Copper Eyelets
  • Honey Leather Laces
  • Toe Caps
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$719.00
NAT907P269TC
  • Natural Essex Leather
  • 7" Height
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Heels 1 Lift Lower Than Std. Heel Height
  • Copper Eyelets
  • Honey Leather Laces
  • Dress Toe Caps
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$719.00
BRH907P269TC
  • Brown Horsehide Leather
  • 7" Height
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Heels 1 Lift Lower Than Std. Heel Height
  • Copper Ox Eyelets
  • Brown Waxed Laces
  • Toe Caps
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$719.00
BRH907P269TC
  • Brown Horsehide Leather
  • 7" Height
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Heels 1 Lift Lower Than Std. Heel Height
  • Copper Ox Eyelets
  • Brown Waxed Laces
  • Dress Toe Caps
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$719.00
JOHANNES

John H. Shoemaker was born Johannes H. Schoemaker on a farm in Laketown, Holland, Allegan County, Michigan on June 21, 1878. He was the youngest son of Klaas and Klaasje Schoemaker.

At age 12 his parents and 4 of his siblings left the farm and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Three years later in 1873 1893 he found a job at the Rindge, Kalmbach, Logie Company Ltd. famous for making logging boots in the logging capital of the world.

He worked their for 10 years. On November 20, 1903 he left Rindge, Kalmbach. On Thanksgiving day he departed Grand Rapids for Oregon.

He arrived in Portland on December 1, 1903.

Christmas 1903 he wrote a beautiful letter to his “Precious Wife and Baby”.

We would like to share an excerpt from the letter:

Born a farmer boy of anything but weathly parents I spent my boyhood days in good hard and honest toil as a tiller of the soil, a vocation that I deem a blessing to any boy as it will teach him honesty, soberness and earn him daily bread by the toil of his hands but not through idle scheming and trickery.

Many are the times that my mind wanders back to the old home on the hill with its lovely orchard and the dear and noble looking row of hedge fence so tall and stately along the roadside the old spring with its pearly waters and the time I layed there as a boy the paths through woods where I used to roam and sing and whistle to my heart’s content the bows and arrows and toy boats and toys of all kinds how dear they would be to me now what would I not give if I had but one now as a token of my boyhood days and then my school day happy thoughts the little school house on the hill with its four small windows on two sides and two in the front and the old pump many are the happy hours spent there.

But then the time came and we were to leave the old farm with all its beauty behind to come to the city to live and, with my parents, I came there at the age of twelve tender in years and slight in body but with the good seed of country life well sewed in my mind.

BKH907FPLL269
  • Black Horsehide
  • 7" Height
  • Black Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Nordic Brass Eyelets
  • Black Waxed Flat Laces
  • Black Leather Family Collection Insert
$719.00
NAT907FPLL269
  • Natural Essex Leather
  • 7" Height
  • Buckskin Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Copper Eyelets
  • Honey Leather Laces
  • Burlap Leather Family Collection Insert
$719.00
BRH907FPLL269
  • Brown Horsehide Leather
  • 7" Height
  • Brown Leather Lining
  • #269 Vibram®
  • Copper Ox Eyelets
  • Brown Waxed Laces
  • Brown Leather Family Collection Insert
$719.00