Allen ShoemakerCourtesy Officer Down Memorial Page
Police Officer Allen F. Shoemaker

Allen F. Shoemaker


Police Officer Allen F. Shoemaker
Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Police
Panel: 52-E: 5
36 YOA
Missouri Valley, IA
Harrison County
End of Watch: May 17, 1925


Harrison County in Iowa
Harrison County in Iowa
Missouri Valley in Harrison CountyMissouri Valley in Harrison County

Allen F. Shoemaker — a police officer with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police — was shot and killed on Sunday, May 17, 1925, while conducting a railroad check in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

When Shoemaker came across nine men riding in a gondola car, he turned his flashlight on them and demanded to know what they were doing. One man drew a gun and shot Officer Shoemaker. As Shoemaker fell against the shooter, the suspect then fired three more shots at the wounded officer.

The 36-year-old Shoemaker had served with the railroad police for four years. He was survived by his wife.

Though six men from the gondola car were rounded up and taken to the Harrison County Jail, they later were released with none charged in Shoemaker’s murder. It remains unsolved.

About Allen Shoemaker

Allen Shoemaker was born in 1890 to Hanie P. and Mattie B. Shoemaker. He had three sisters, Florence, Edith and Dorothy, and one brother, Robert.

Allan Shoemaker headstoneCourtesy photo LBeebe,
Allen Shoemaker is buried at the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Officer Shoemaker was laid to rest at the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

NOTE: Though all documentation on Officer Shoemaker’s life and service spells his given name “Allen” (including 1900 US Census records), his headstone spells it “Allan.”

Information Needed

If you have any information about Allen Shoemaker’s unsolved murder, please contact the Missouri Valley Police Department at 712-642-2736, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at 1-877-644-2299, or the Iowa Department of Public Safety.


6 Responses to Allen Shoemaker

  1. Susie Grace says:

    He is a great great uncle of mine and this case still matters. He is not forgotten.

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Thank you for your comment, Susie! It is always so nice to hear from the victim’s family, and even though it was long ago, I’m sorry for your loss.

      If you or any of your family members have additional information you’d like to see included here on Officer Shoemaker’s page (including photos), please feel free to pass it along. You may reach me directly at: jody at

      Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

  2. Mona Brice, the victim and killer’s children and/or grandchildren could still be alive and may know something. It’s never too late to close a case.

  3. Mona Brice says:

    90 yr.s? Really? Who’d still be alive with a memory that old.

    • Jack says:

      You would be surprised what happens. A ten year old will suddenly recall an argument at the dining room table about whether Uncle Fred really did shoot that officer while riding on the railroad car.

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