William Schumaker, of Detroit, Mich., the chief engineer of the steamer Charles Hebard, was born near Berlin, Prussia, in the year 1856, came to the United States when twelve years of age, and lived in Marquette, Mich., until 1878. His first experience on the lakes was on the tug Dudley, of Marquette, with which he remained a season and a half, and he subsequently worked about three seasons on various Lake Superior boats. He then left the lakes for four years, being employed during that time by the Joliet Steel Company, outside Chicago. Returning to his former occupation, Mr. Schumaker has sailed every season during the last fourteen years, and has been engaged continuously with the Charles Hebard & Sons Lumber Co. He was on the tug J.C. Morse, in Lake Superior, for one season, was on the steambarge Alpena for three seasons as second engineer, and then became chief engineer of her for a season, after which he brought out the steamer Charles Hebard, of which he has been chief engineer for the last nine years. The only accident Mr. Schumaker has experienced occurred in 1895, when the Hebard and the Marie Posie, a Minnesota steam freighter, collided in a fog, His boat was damaged to the extent of about $5,000 by the collision.
Mr. Schumaker was married, in January, 1888, to Miss Kate McCormick, of Detroit, and has three children, William Charles, Celia Jennette and Mary Louise. He has lived in Detroit, his present home, for thirteen years.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.