Douglas Harlow Shoemaker

Douglas Harlow Shoemaker
Douglas Harlow Shoemaker
Born June 18, 1905(1905-06-18)
Bushnell, South Dakota
Died February 1, 1985(1985-02-01) (aged 79)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Nationality American
Education University of Minnesota 1929
Occupation civil engineer
Title chief engineer
Predecessor Harold Robert Peterson
Successor Bruce G. Anderson, Burlington Northern Railroad
Political party Republican
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse Loretta V. Young, married August 27, 1927
Children Marie Louise, Douglas Joseph, Walter Francis
Parents Harlow Smith Shoemaker and Ada Holmes

Douglas Harlow Shoemaker (June 18, 1905 – February 1985) was the last Chief Engineer of the Northern Pacific Railway.


On October 1929 he became a draftsman, Bridge Department, Northern Pacific, until May 1932; May 1932 to June 1933, inspector, Minnesota Highway Department; June 1933 to 1935, superintendent and estimator, Nolan Brothers, Incorporated, contractors, Minneapolis; June, 1935, to May, 1936, partner with Industrial Contracting Company, bridge contractors; May, 1936, Northern Pacific, as draftsman, Bridge Department; August 1936 to October, 1940, instrumentman, inspector, district engineer; October 1940 to February 1941, draftsman, Bridge Department; February 1941, to June 1942, division engineer, Fargo, North Dakota; June 1942 to December 1943, division engineer, Glendive, Montana; December 1943, to June, 1945, assistant engineer, construction of Bozeman Tunnel; June 1945 to December 1947, assistant engineer, location and construction of line change; December 1947 to May, 1949, office engineer, St. Paul; May 1949, to February 1951, principal assistant engineer, St. Paul; February 1951 to March 1953, district engineer, St. Paul; March 1953 to April 1956, assistant chief engineer, St. Paul; August 1956 to April 1958, special assistant, Executive Department; April 1958 to May 1962, assistant chief engineer; May 1962—, chief engineer.

He died in February 1985 in Las Vegas.


American Society of Civil Engineers (Northwest Section); American Railway Engineering Association (Committee Four); Engineer’s Society of St. Paul; Northwest Maintenance-of-Way Club;


  • Directory – American Society of Civil Engineers, 1976
  • Osthoff, Frederick C., editor. Who’s Who in Railroading, 1968 edition. New York: Simmons-Boardman, 1968, p. 449.

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