Columbia City Commercial Mail ~ Friday, July 28, 1905
David Shoemaker, a former resident of the city, arrived here from the west early Friday morning, to visit with his son, Ira Shoemaker and family and his many friends in the county. Mr. Shoemaker was formerly engaged in the business of moving buildings with his son but left five years ago last January for Rockyford, Colorado, where he joined his son-in-law, E. C. Purse and family. For the past four years he has been conducting a large ranch which he and his son-in-law purchased forty-five miles north of Rockyford.
He likes the country very well and the climate agrees with him but he has been working hard and thought he would return to Indiana for both a rest and visit. Mr. Shoemaker is well and hearty and looks almost the same as he did when he departed for the west. He says that Amos Reece formerly of this county, is doing well at Rockyford.
Mr. Shoemaker will make quite an extended visit and intends to return to the west between the fifth and tenth of September.