Shoemaker & Clark's School of Shorthand and Business
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Shoemaker & Clark. - R. J. Shoemaker and C. S. Clark. These gentlemen are the proprietors of Shoemaker & Clark's School of Shorthand and Business, which was established in Fall River, in August, 1897. The school has already enrolled over 400 students in its different departments, which include a preparatory English and grammar school course, shorthand and typewriting, bookkeeping and kindred commercial subjects, and a school of modern languages. The institution aims to give a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of these subjects and thus to lay the foundation of a successful business career. Both members of the firm are practical and experienced schoolmen, and under their careful management the school is rapidly gaining recognition as an institution of the first rank. Robert Johnson Shoemaker, senior member of the firm, is a son of Edward and Sarah F. (Sailor) Shoemaker, and was born in Pennsgrove, Salem county, N. J., October 15, 1857. His father was a farmer, but afterwards engaged in the commission business in New York city. Until he was seventeen years old, Mr. Shoemaker worked on the farm and attended the district school. At this time he was selected to teach the home school and accepted the position, despite the ridicule occasioned by his youth. He filled the position acceptably for four terms, meantime earning and saving money to pay his way at the State Normal School in Trenton, N. J., from which he was graduated in 1879. After graduation he was appointed principal of the public school at Pedricktown, N. J., where he remained seven years. He then assumed the principalship of the High School at Pennsgrove, N. J., and after a service of four years became bookkeeper for the Columbia Wagon Company. This was a new corporation and Mr. Shoemaker took entire charge of the entire work of systemtatizing the office routine. When the company was thoroughly organized he was chosen head bookkeeper for the Barr Pumping Engine Company of Philadelphia, largely owned by the Burnhams of the Baldwin Locomotive Company. He held this responsible position for four years, being at the head of the entire office force, and then, on account of his recognized ability as a bookkeeper and expert accountant, was tendered the position of professor of advanced bookkeeping in the Peirce School of Philadelphia. The principal of this school, Dr. Thomas May Peirce, was one of the best known accountants in the United States. Upon the death of Dr. Peirce, Mr. Shoemaker came to Fall River under contract to teach a year, but resigned his position at the end of that time and formed his present copartnership with Mr. Clark. Mr. Shoemaker is a man of moral worth and intellectual ability, and of large experience as a teacher. He is a member of the order of Odd Fellows, the Bookkeepers' Association of Philadelphia, and the New Jersey State Teachers' Association. In 1879 he married Josephine Allen Richmond of Camden, N. J. (since deceased), and of this union three children survive: Francis D., Robert J. and Anna R. Charles S. Clark, junior member of the firm, is a native of the State of Mississippi, born in Tippah county, and a son of Thomas J. and Mary E. (Davenport) Clark. He was educated in the schools of Calvert, Texas, and later attended the Central Business College at Sedalia, Missouri, from which he graduated in 1888. After his graduation he was employed in the same school as a teacher of commercial and literary branches for eight years, during which time he prepared several publications designed for use in commercial teaching, notably one on "Grammar" and one on "Rapid Calculation." When he resigned from this position he came to New Bedford, Mass., where he engaged in commercial teaching until the formation of his present association with Mr. Shoemaker. Mr. Clark is an active member of the Congregational Church of Fall River. He is a man of education, éulture, mature judgment and high principles. In December, 1882, he married Mary E., daughter of William Watkins of Julian, Nebraska, and they have two children: Val Menita and Myrtle Olga.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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