Dr. Edwin Shoemaker was born on the 7th of April, 1870 in Blenheim Township (Oxford County), the eldest child of Charles Frederich Shoemaker and the former Wilhelmina “Minnie” Bobzin. His parents were farmers and Dr. Shoemaker had 4 brothers; Louis, William, Henry and Charles.
Dr. Shoemaker graduated M.D. from Trinity College in 1898. Upon his graduation he was a double gold medalist. He set up his medical practice in Wheatley.
Dr. Shoemaker married Lily Mae McGillivray on the 21st of June, 1899 in the small community of Eldon (Victoria County), Ontario. Mrs. Shoemaker was born in February of 1878, the daughter of Archibald McGillivray and the former Mary Campbell. Her parents were farmers and she was the youngest of 10 children. Her siblings were; Dougald, Christina, Archibald, Sarah, Donald, M.A., Susannah Elizabeth, John and Ida.
Dr. and Mrs. Shoemaker moved to Newfane, New York. They had two children in Newfane, Vera Leanna was born on the 26th of June, 1900 and Edwin Allan was born on the 11th of February, 1910.
Mrs. Shoemaker died on the 11th of March, 1924. Dr. Shoemaker died on the 25th of February, 1931. They are buried at the Corwin Cemetery in Newfane, Niagara County, New York.
*His son Edwin Allan Shoemaker also became a physician and he practiced medicine in New York.