William H. Lawson, shoe repairman Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Mr. Lawson was my grandmother's uncle.
As is often the case in genealogical research one finds many relatives not directly in ones line. Such a case, for example, would be great great uncles or a great aunt and their descendants. We are related, yes, but the pursuit of their lives and their offspring is not our primary concern.
A few years ago I received a packet of pictures which included a number of the offspring of my great great grandmother. William H. Lawson was among them. I know from his mother's obituary that he was "a well-known shoe repairman" in Big Stone Gap. From the photo I infer that he not only could sole your shoes he could block your hat and "French dry clean" your whatever, whatever that is. The picture is really cool though.
Word of the day: infer
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*French dry cleaning is a process whereby hand spotting and hand pressing and close attention to detail is employed. I looked it up.