Frederick A. Shoemaker
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

FREDERICK A. SHOEMAKER, United States postmaster at Averill Park, New York, has held this Federal office since 1912. He was born at Averill Park, August 25, 1877, son of Peter and Catharine (Gula) Shoemaker. His father was a veteran of the Civil War, in which he served as a member of Company H, 169th Regiment, New York Volunteers, taking part in the fighting at Fort Fisher, where he was wounded.

Mr. Shoemaker received his education in the public schools of Averill Park. When his school days were over he began his business career by accepting a position in the local factory of Kane and Mahoney, manufacturers of knit goods. In this connection Mr. Shoemaker acquired an excellent knowledge of methods of production, conditions in industrial establishments, and the particular problems of the knit goods manufacturing industry. He remained with this firm until 1902, and met with complete success in his relations with his employers, but during the year 1902 he decided to seek a change of occupation, for a while at least, in order to increase his general experience and perhaps to find a field of business activity better suited to his abilities. He had no difficulty in forming a connection with the General Electric Company, and during the next five years devoted himself to a study of the possibilities for success and achievement afforded by the electrical industry. In 1907, however, he decided to return to his former occupation and left the General Electric Company, greatly to the regret of all his associates in that organization. He was given a position at the Faith Knitting Company, and remained with that concern until 1912, when he was appointed United States postmaster at Averill Park. Some time after his appointment in the postal service, Mr. Shoemaker established a general trucking business at Averill Park, and this enterprise he has successfully conducted up to the present time, managing its aflfairs and transacting a large volume of business each year in addition to fulfilling his duties as postmaster.

In politics Mr. Shoemaker is a Republican. He has always been a staunch supporter of Republican principles, and his appointment to the Federal office he now holds was a cause of satisfaction to his fellow citizens of all parties. A far-sighted and progressive member of the community, Mr. Shoemaker has set an example of devoted and self-sacrificing service in his administration of the post ofiice. He is a great believer in modern methods and maintains the utmost efficiency in all branches of the service. He is not less concerned with other political issues however, and in any political discussion his opinion and judgment are certain to be received with respect, if not always with complete agreement. In religious faith Mr. Shoemaker is a member of the Baptist church. He is a Mason, and holds membership in the Blue Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, and in the Mt. Zion Lodge, at Troy.

Mr. Shoemaker married, at Averill Park, on September 27, 1899, Ora M. Hack, daughter of Edmund M. and Ellen F. Hack. Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker have eleven children: Pearl E., who was born October 4, 1900; Florence M., born August 2, 1902; Edmund M., born July 25, 1904, and who is named for his mother's father; Clara Belle, born June 29, 1906; Frederick A., Jr., born June 5, 1908; Harry G,. born November 28, 1909; Frank H., born September 2, 1911; Ora M., born May 21, 1913, and who is named for her mother; Clarence E., born September 5, 1915; Ruth E., born July 3, 1917; and George D., who was born August 9, 1919.

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