From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Lexington, KY [John B. and Ella B. Thomas] [Rev. Titus Buckner]

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In Lexington, KY, there were hundreds of African American men in the shoemaking and shoe care business. The income they earned kept some in the business going for a short while, and for others the income sustained their businesses for decades. There were even a few who were in the business for half a century or more. This entry represents a selection of both African American men and women in Lexington, KY, who were in the shoemaking and shoe care business from 1920 to 1930. This was a period of time before retirement and social security benefits, and people started working early and kept working up to the time of their deaths.

The individuals in the table below earned their livelihood in shoe occupations that offered services considered part of the standard cost of being well dressed. In 1920, there were at least 16 African American shoe shiners in Lexington, according to the U.S. Federal Census, and only one, Mitchell Garth was listed under the heading of "Shoe Shiners" in the business section of the 1921 city directory. After 1921, race (c) was not noted again in the business section of the directory until the 1928 issue was published. Mrs. Ella B. Thomas was the only African American woman listed and her name can be found under the heading of "Shoe Repairers." Born around 1869, Ella B. Thomas was the wife of John Thomas, the couple married in 1886 and had two children according to the 1900 U.S. Census.

Beginning in 1900, Ella's occupation is listed as dressmaker, seamstress, or sewing in the census records, but in the city directories, beginning in 1916, she is listed as a shoemaker or a shoe repairer [source: p.555 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington City Directory 1916-1917]. She was actually both a seamstress and a shoemaker; the data collectors for the publications chose what they perceived as her primary occupation. Ella's husband, John B. Thomas, born around 1857, had been a shoemaker as early as 1880 according to the U.S. Census. Ella learned how to make shoes from her husband and continued the business at their home after his death in 1916 [Find A Grave]. She was the proprietor until she became ill in 1932 and she died in 1933. Like Nettie Franklin in Ashland, and Mattie Porter in Bowling Green, Ella B. Thomas was one of the few African American women to make shoes in Kentucky.  All three women took over a deceased husband's shoe business and kept the business going for a number of years. The John B. and Ella B. Thomas shoe business was one of the oldest owned by African Americans in Lexington and Kentucky, from 1880 to about 1932 (52 years).

Another shoemaker of note in Lexington was Rev. Titus Buckner who was in the shoemaking and shoe repair business for at least 57 years. Rev. Titus Buckner was born around 1855 and died in 1936. He was a shoemaker as early as 1877 [source: p.10 in R. C. Hellrigle & Co.'s Lexington City Directory and Gazetteer, Cincinnati Southern Railway, 1877-78]. He is last listed as a shoemaker in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1933-34, p.780. Rev. Titus Buckner was in the shoemaking and shoe care business a lot longer than any one African American recognized in Kentucky history. "Shoe-maker" is the occupation written on his death certificate [source: Kentucky Death Certificate File No.794, Registered No.24; and the death certificate is filed under the name "Rev. Titus Buckner"]. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. In addition to being a shoemaker, Rev. Buckner was also a minister who performed marriages at his home and conducted funeral services for many decades [sources: "Colored Notes" in the Lexington Leader newspaper]. 

Another name in the shoe care business was James W. Beatty who was a shoe shiner in Lexington. Shining shoes was his main occupation for his entire life, having established his first business around 1921, and continuing to the time of his death, April 14, 1949. James W. Beatty is buried in Cove Haven Cemetery.

Another name is Robert H. McClasky, Jr. who was a shoemaker, shoe repairer, and owned at least two retail shoe stores. McClasky came to Lexington from Bloomfield, KY, where he was a shoemaker as early as 1910. He employed others to work for him, thus enabling him to have more than one business location in Lexington. He was in business up to the time of his death in 1960. Robert H. McClasky, Jr. was in the shoemaking, shoe care, and shoe retail business for at least 50 years. He is buried in the Bloomfield Colored Cemetery in Nelson County. 

Two other names are James A. Graves, who was a shoemaker and repairer for 41 years, and Samuel Harrison, a shoemaker and repairer for 46 years. A few of the shoemakers were also known for their other employment, such as the previously mentioned Rev. Titus Buckner, and Simeon Thomas who was the superintendent of the Colored Orphan's Industrial Home on Georgetown Pike as early as 1906 and up to 1911 [sources: p.491 in Lexington City Directory 1906-1907; and p.549 in Lexington City Directory 1911]. The making of shoes was one of the trades taught to the children in the orphan home. Simeon Thomas is listed in the city directory as a shoemaker from 1912-1925. He died in 1927 and is buried in African Cemetery #2.

Other African American men who spent 20 or more years in the shoe care business in Lexington, KY, include Mitchell Garth, Samuel M. Harrison, George W. Johnson, Fred King, Marcellus Overton, John Nimrod Paul, John Smith, Joseph M. Smith, Eli Strider, Henry E. Howe, and Harry E. Worsham.

*There are two African American couples named John B. and Ella Thomas in the census records and the Lexington city directories.  


NAME BUSINESS LOCATION YEAR SOURCES NOTES
Collis Adams (1913-1957) Shoe Shiner James W. Beatty Shoe Shop -231 Deweese Street 1930 p.71 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Index  
Sidney Baker (b.1866) Shoemaker 142 Constitution Street 1898 p.315 in Emerson & Dark's Lexington Directory 1898=9  
Sidney Baker (b.1866) Shoemaker Lexington 1900 U.S. Census  
Sidney Baker (b.1866) Shoe Repairer 575 E. Second Street 1928 p.843 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Edward Bates (b.1902) Shoe Shiner Shoe Shine Parlor 1920 U.S. Census  
James W. Beatty (1900-1949) Shoe Shiner 210 Deweese Street 1921 p.162 in R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
James W. Beatty (1900-1949) Shoe Shiner East End Shining Parlor - 210 Deweese 1923 p.268 in Lexington City Directory 1923  
James W. Beatty (1900-1949) Shoe Shiner 204 Deweese Street  1928 p.844 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
James W. Beatty (1900-1949) Shoe Shiner Owner of Shoe Shine Parlor 1940 U.S. Census  
James W. Beatty (1900-1949) Shoe Repairer 219 Deweese Street 1949 p.59 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1948-49; Kentucky Death Certificate File No. 6856, Registrar's No.393 Find A Grave
Otha Bell (1900-1950) Shoe Shiner 211 S. Spring Street 1930 p.99 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116- 50 15869, Registrar's No.722 Find A Grave
Charles L. Blanton (b.1888) Shoe Shiner G. T. Martin Barber - 139 E. Main Street 1928 p.100 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928; WWI Draft Registration Card  
Thomas Bollin (b.1860) Cobbler  Lexington 1920 U.S. Census  
Thomas Bodley (b.1860) Shoe Repairer 109 W. Winslow Street 1921 p.174 in R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Thomas Bolan (b.1860) Shoe Repairer 109 W. Winslow Street 1925 p.212 in R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1925  
Thomas Bolin (b.1860) Shoe Repairer 115 W. Euclid Avenue 1930 p.109 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
James L. Bray Shoe Repairer Ella B. Thomas - 337 N. Limestone Street 1928 p.109 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
John A. Brown Shoe Shiner James W. Beatty Shoe Shop - 231 Deweese Street 1930 p.124 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Thomas Buck Shoe Shiner Martin Berlin -106 E. Main Street 1930 p.129 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Titus Buckner (1855-1936) Shoemaker Walnut Street 1877 p.10 in R. C. Hellrigle & Co.'s Lexington City Directory and Gazetteer, Cincinnati Southern Railway, 1877-78  
Titus Buckner (1855-1936) Shoe Repairer  741 N. Limestone Street 1921 p.795 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Titus Buckner (1855-1936) Shoe Repairer 196 Eddie Street 1934 p.780 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1933-34; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.794, Registered No.24  
Oliver I. Christian Shoe Repairer Ella B. Thomas Shoe Shop -337 N. Limestone Street 1930 p.155 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Stanley Cloudus (1899-1967) Shoe Repairer 322 Chestnut Street 1930 p.888 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; U.S. Social Security Death Index  
Embry Cobb (b.1913) Shoe Shiner Barber Shop - Lexington 1930 U.S. Census; p.163 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
James W. Coleman (b.1861) Shoe Shiner 199 Deweese Street 1925 p.280 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1925  
James W. Coleman (b.1861) Shoe Shiner 199 Deweese Street 1928 p.844 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
William Coleman (1860-1939) Shoe Shiner 321 Chestnut Street 1930 p.166 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.9546, Registered No.346  
Richard Collet (b.1903) Shoe Shiner Shoe Shine Shop 1920 U.S. Census  
Jeff Covington (b.1908) Shoemaker Shoe Shop 1930 U.S. Census  
Farris Craig (1889-1975) Shoe Shiner Hi-Pat Barber Shop - 539 W. High Street 1930 p.178 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Index  
Fred Davis (b.1902) Shoe Shiner Shoe Shine Parlor 1920 U.S. Census  
Joseph Davis (b.1912) Shoe Shiner C. H. McAtee - 103 S. Limestone & 507 E. High Street 1925 p.311 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1925  
Joseph Davis (b.1912) Shoe Repairer Samuel Bederman - 113 N. Limestone & 124 N. Mill Street 1930 U.S. Census; p.192 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Joseph Davis (b.1912) Shoe Repairer Samuel Bederman - 113 N. Limestone & 124 N. Mill Street 1939 p.164 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1939  
James M. Ellis (1855-1922) Shoemaker 319 Georgetown Street 1909 p.713 in Lexington City Directory 1909  
James M. Ellis (1855-1922) Shoemaker Georgetown Street 1910 U.S. Census  
James M. Ellis (1855-1922) Shoe Repairer 436 Georgetown Street 1921 p.795 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.730, Registered No.91  
Nathaniel C. Farmer (1856-1935) Shoe Repairer 306 E. Second Street 1921 p.795 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Nathaniel C. Farmer (1856-1935) Shoe Repairer 306 E. Second Street 1928 p.843 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Nathaniel C. Farmer (1856-1935) Shoemaker 306 E. Second Street 1930 U.S. Census; and p.888 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.19358, Registered No.142  
Thomas Foster Shoe Shiner Martin Berlin - 106 E. Main Street 1930 p.240 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Thomas Foster Shoe Repairer Harber Shoe Repair Co. - 209 E. Main Street 1940 p.226 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1940-41  
Mitchell Garth (1883-1939) Boot Black 133 W. Water Street 1916 p.368 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington City Directory 1916-1917  
Mitchell Garth (1883-1939) Shoe Shiner Lexington 1920 U.S. Census  
Mitchell Garth (1883-1939) Shoe Shiner 133 W. Water Street 1921 p.759 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Mitchell Garth (1883-1939) Shoe Shiner 133 W. Water Street 1939 p.226 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1939; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.26978, Registrar's No.960  
James A. Graves (b.1893) Shoemaker 337 N. Limestone Street 1909 p.310 in Lexington City Directory 1909  
James A. Graves (b.1893) Shoemaker Shoe Shop - S. Spring Street 1910 U.S. Census  
James A. Graves (b.1893) Shoemaker 523 S. Spring Street 1912 p.258 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1912  
James A. Graves (b.1893) Cobbler Shoe Shop - Spring Street 1920 U.S. Census  
James A. Graves (b.1893) Shoe Repairer Robert H. McClasky Shoe Shop 1927 p.264 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1927  
James A. Graves (b.1893) Shoe Repairer 211 Deweese Street 1937 p.846 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1937  
James A. Graves (b.1893) Shoe Repairer Paige's Shoe Repair - 211 Deweese Street 1950 p.182 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1950  
Alphonso C. Gray (b.1903) Shoe Shiner Martin Berlin - 106 E. Main Street 1928 p.245 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Benjamin Green Shoe Shiner 106 N. Broadway 1928 p.844 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Calvin P. Green Shoe Repairer 400 Corral Street 1921 p.795 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Calvin P. Green Shoe Repairer 404 Corral Street 1925 p.400 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1925  
Frank Harris Shoe Shiner 417 1/2 Chestnut Street 1928 p.265 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Robert Harris Shoe Shiner 224 Jefferson Street 1928 p.266 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Samuel M. Harrison (1874-1951) Shoemaker 320 Jefferson Street 1902 p.307 in The Lexington City Directory and Rural Postal Delivery Routes for 1902-1903  
Samuel M. Harrison (1874-1951) Cobbler Jefferson Street 1910 U.S. Census  
Samuel M. Harrison (1874-1951) Shoemaker Shoe Shop 1920 U.S. Census  
Samuel M. Harrison (1874-1951) Shoe Repairer 433 W. High Street 1921 p.795 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Samuel M. Harrison (1875-1951) Shoe Repairer 531 Jefferson Street 1928 p.843 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Samuel M. Harrison (1875-1951) Shoe Repairer 531 Jefferson Street 1948 p.231 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1948-49; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116 51 17871, Registrar's No.823 Find A Grave
Charles Hood (b.1904) Shoe Shiner Shoe Shine Parlor 1920 U.S. Census  
Henry E. Howe (b.1911) Shoemaker Shoe Shop - 275 E. Fourth Street 1930 U.S. Census; p.311 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Henry E. Howe (b.1911) Shoe Repairer 607 N. Limestone 1940 p.315 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1940-41  
Henry E. Howe (b.1911) Shoe Repairer E. E. Harber Shoe Repair Co - 209 E. Main Street 1947 p.281 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1947  
Henry E. Howe (b.1911) Shoe Repairer 337 N. Limestone Street 1955 p.309 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1955  
Henry E. Howe (b.1911) Shoe Repairer 337 N. Limestone Street 1960 p.328 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1960  
George W. Johnson (1861-1923) Shoemaker 122 E. Short Street 1898 p.549 in Emerson and Dark's Lexington Directory 1898=9  The shop at 122 E. Short Street was shared with shoemakers William H. O. Bruce and Hugh Evans
George W. Johnson (1861-1923) Shoemaker 357 Patterson Street 1909 p.371 in Lexington City Directory 1909  
George W. Johnson (1861-1923) Shoemaker Patterson Street 1920 U.S. Census  
George W. Johnson (1861-1923) Shoe Repairer 389 Patterson Street 1921 p.795 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921 Find A Grave
Moses R. Johnson Shoe Shiner 433 Kenton Street 1928 p.310 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Shirley B. Johnson (1902-1959) Shoe Representative Robert H. McClasky Shoe Shop 1927 p.336 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1927 Mr. Shirley B. Johnson is repeatedly misidentified as a female in the city directories. 
Shirley B. Johnson (1902-1959) Shoe Shiner O K Baber Shop - 118 S. Upper Street 1939 p.325 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1939 Find A Grave
William Jones Shoe Shiner New York Hat Cleaners [Martin Berlin] - 112 W. Main Street 1930 p.342 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
William C. Jones Shoe Repairer 317 Georgetown Street 1921 p.795 n R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
William C. Jones Shoe Repairer 243 Lee Street 1928 p.843 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
William C. Jones Shoe Repairer 243 Lee Street 1933 p.292 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1933-34  
Fred King (1870-1925) Shoemaker 160 E. Main Street 1898 p.569 in Emerson and Dark's Lexington Directory 1898=9  
Fred King (1870-1925) Cobbler Lexington 1920 U.S. Census  
Fred King (1870-1925) Shoe Repairer 189 Grant Street 1921 p.795 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Fred King (1870-1925) Shoe Repairer 189 Grant Street 1923 p.515 in Lexington City Directory 1923; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.8945, Registered No.332 Find A Grave
Charles Martin Shoe Shiner 330 Corral Street 1928 p.361 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
George Mason Shoe Repairer 213 Deweese Street 1928 p.844 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
John E. McClasky (b.1891) Shoe Repairer Robert H. McClasky Shoe Store 1920 U.S. Census  
Robert H. McClasky, Jr. (1881-1960) Shoemaker Bloomfield, Nelson County, KY 1910 U.S. Census  
Robert H. McClasky, Jr. (1881-1960) Shoemaker 504 W. Main Street & 209 S. Broadway 1916 p.386 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington City Directory 1916-1917  
Robert H. McClasky, Jr. (1881-1960) Shoe Store Owner Lexington 1920 U.S. Census  
Robert H. McClasky, Jr. (1881-1960) Shoe Store Owner & Shoe Repairer 260 E. Short Street & 207 S. Broadway (Brown Hotel) 1921 p.457 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Robert H. McClasky, Jr. (1881-1960) Shoe Repairer 207 S. Broadway  1930 p.888 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Robert H. McClasky, Jr. (1881-1960) Shoe Repairer Tuskegee Shoe Shop - 207 S. Broadway 1945 p.624 in Polk's Lexington City Directory, 1945  
Robert H. McClasky, Jr. (1881-1960) Shoe Store Owner Dependable Shoe Service - 205 S. Broadway 1960 p.441 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1960; Kentucky Death Index Find A Grave
Andrew McGee (1896-1942) Shoe Shiner Barber Shop 1920 U.S. Census  
Andrew McGee (1896-1942) Shoe Shiner John K. Reeder Barber Shop - 119 N. Broadway 1939 p.405 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1939; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.10913, Registrar's No.435 Find A Grave
John H. Mobley Shoe Shiner New York Hat Cleaners - 112 W. Main Street 1930 p.424 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Edward Monon (b.1875) Shoe Stainer Shoe Shine Parlor 1920 U.S. Census  
Paul L. Murphy (1868-1944) Shoe Shiner Unique Shine Parlor [Mike Kalos] - 105 S. Limestone Street 1930 p.437 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.19804, Registrar's No.887  
James Myers (b.1883) Shoemaker Lexington 1920 U.S. Census  
James Myers (b.1883) Shoemaker 114 Colfax Street 1923 p.598 in Lexington City Directory 1923  
Marcellus Overton (b.1882) Boot Black 370 Corral Street 1906 p.407 in Lexington City Directory 1906-1907  
Marcellus Overton (b.1882) Shoe Shiner 157 Megowan Street 1909 p.483 in Lexington City Directory 1909  
Marcellus Overton (b.1882) Shoe Shiner 370 Corral Street 1911 p.441 in Lexington City Directory 1911  
Marcellus Overton (b.1882) Shoe Shiner Greek Shoe Shiners - Phoenix Hotel Block 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card  
Marcellus Overton (b.1882) Shoe Shiner Hotel 1920 U.S. Census  
Marcellus Overton (b.1882) Shoe Shiner 370 Corral Street 1928 p.415 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Charles H. Palmer Shoe Repairer Charles H. McAtee - 103 S. Limestone & 507 E. High Street 1930 p.451 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Charles H. Palmer Shoe Repairer 445 Chestnut Street 1931 p.392 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1931-32  
John Nimrod Paul (b.1885) Shoemaker Shoe Shop Owner - Russell Springs, KY 1920 U.S. Census  
John Nimrod Paul (b.1885) Shoe Repairer 457 Georgetown Street 1930 p.888 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
John Nimrod Paul (b.1885) Shoe Repairer Shoe Repair Shop Owner 1930 U.S. Census  
John Nimrod Paul (b.1885) Shoe Repairer 460 Georgetown Street 1940 p.488 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1940-41  
John Nimrod Paul (b.1885) Shoe Repairer 460 Georgetown Street 1948 p.407 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1948-49  
Tildon Payne (b.1902) Shoe Shiner Shoe Shine Parlor 1920 U.S. Census  
Wendell Polk (1905-1949) Shoe Shiner 194 Race Street 1928 p.844 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.6910, Registrar's No.54 Find A Grave
Ezekiel Reed (1904-1955) Shoe Shiner Lexington 1920 U.S. Census; Kentucky Death Index  
Stanisbury Roberts (b.1906) Shoe Shiner  Barber Shop 1920 U.S. Census  
Albert Rogers (b.1914) Shoe Shiner Unique Shine Parlor  [Mike Kalos] - 105 S. Limestone Street 1930 p.499 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Albert Rogers (b.1914) Shoe Shiner Harber Shoe Repair Co. - 209 E. Main Street 1937 p.433 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1937  
Albert Rogers (b.1914) Shoe Shiner Harber Shoe Repair Co. - 209 E. Main Street 1940 U.S. Census  
Roy Scott Shoe Shiner 330 Corral Street 1928 p.475 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
John Smith (1866-1947) Shoemaker 333 Race Street 1912 p.481 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1912  
John Smith (1866-1947) Shoe Repairer 402 Race Street 1921 p.796 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
John Smith (1866-1947) Shoe Repairer 403 Race Street 1928 p.844 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
John Smith (1866-1947) Shoemaker 401 1/2 Race Street 1930 U.S. Census; p.889 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
John Smith (1866-1947) Shoe Repairer 562 Thomas Street 1939 p.554 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1939; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.23897, Registrar's No.1071  
Joseph M. Smith Shoe Shiner 237 Clark Street 1928 p.495 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Joseph M. Smith Shoe Shiner E. E. Harber Shoe Repair Co. - 209 E. Main Street 1947 p.513 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1947  
Joseph M. Smith Shoe Shiner Harber Shoe Repair Co. - 209 E. Main Street 1952 p.437 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1952  
Joseph M. Smith Shoe Shiner Harber Shoe Repair Co. - 209 E. Main Street 1954 p.541 Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1952  
Richard Smith [Clara] Shoe Repairer 319 Georgetown Street 1928 p.844 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Richard Smith [single](b.1905) Shoe Shiner Barber Shop - Lexington 1930 U.S. Census  
Richard Smith [Bertie](b.1906) Shoe Shiner Barber Shop - Lexington 1930 U.S. Census  
William Spencer Shoe Shiner Martin Berlin - 106 E. Main Street 1928 p.504 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  
Minor Sterling Shoemaker Ella B. Thomas Shoe Shop - 337 N. Limestone Street 1921 p.628 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Minor Sterling Shoemaker 762 Charles Avenue 1923 p.706 in Lexington City Directory 1923  
Elias Strider (1865-1921) Shoemaker 327 E. High Street 1898 p.772 in Emerson & Dark's Lexington Directory 1898=9  
Elie Strider (1865-1921) Shoemaker 365 Constitution Street 1906 p.481 in Lexington City Directory 1906-1907  
Eli Strider (1865-1921) Shoemaker 317 Messick Street 1919 p.521 in R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lexington City Directory 1919  
Elza Strider (1865-1921) Shoemaker Lexington 1920 U.S. Census; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.2911, Registered No.701  
August Taylor Shoe Shiner Unique Shine Parlor - 105 S. Limestone Street 1930 p.563 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Charles Taylor Shoe Shiner New York Hat Cleaners 1930 p.563 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Dillard Taylor (1884-1939) Shoemaker 435 Newtown Pike 1919 p.527 in R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lexington City Directory 1919  
Dillard Taylor (1884-1939) Shoe Repairer 801 Whitney Avenue 1930 p.889 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.19783, Registered No.706  
Ella B. Thomas (1869-1933) Shoemaker 337 N. Limestone Street 1916 p.555 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington City Directory 1916-1917  
Ella B. Thomas (1869-1933) Shoe Repairer 337 N. Limestone Street 1921 p.p.796 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Ella B. Thomas (1869-1933) Shoe Repairer 337 N. Limestone Street 1930 p.889 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930 Find A Grave
Simeon Thomas (1865-1927) Shoemaker 327 Georgetown Pike 1912 p.510 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1912  
Simeon Thomas (1865-1927) Shoemaker Shoe Shop Owner - Georgetown Pike 1920 U.S. Census His name was mistakenly written by the census taker as "Samuel Thomas."
Simeon Thomas (1865-1927) Shoe Repairer 319 Georgetown Pike 1921 p.796 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921  
Simeon Thomas (1865-1927) Shoe Repairer 319 Georgetown Pike 1925 p.761 in R. L. Polk and Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1925; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.27457, Registered No.976  
Guy Walker Shoe Shiner Benjamin Green Shop - 106 N. Broadway 1928 p.550 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Dircetory 1928  
Henry Wheatley (1883-1937) Shoe Shiner 133 W. Water Street 1927 p.885 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1927  
Henry Wheatley (1883-1937) Shoe Shiner Shoe Shine Shop Owner - 133 W. Water Street 1930 U.S. Census; p.889 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.880, Registered No.68  
Buckner White (1870-1926) Shoemaker 311 Deweese Street 1909 p.628 in Lexington City Directory 1909  
Buckner White (1870-1926) Shoemaker 213 Deweese Street 1912 p.544 in Polk's Lexington City Directory 1912  
Buck White (1870-1926) Shoemaker Lexington 1920 U.S. Census  
Buck White (1870-1926) Shoemaker 446 Kinkead Street 1921 p.691 in R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lexington (Kentucky) Directory 1921; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.784, Registered No.21  
James White Shoe Shiner 303 Georgetown Pike 1927 p.632 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1927  
Sylvester Wilson (b.1906) Shoe Shiner Shoe Shop 1930 U.S. Census  
Sylvester Wilson (b.1906) Shoe Shop Manager Martin Berlin - 106 E. Main Street 1930 p.629 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Frank Winfield Shoe Shiner Broadway Shine Parlor 1930 p.630 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Harry E. Worsham (1907-1972) Shoe Repairer Samuel Bederman - 113 N. Limestone & 124 N. Mill Street 1930 p.635 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1930  
Harry E. Worsham (1907-1972 Shoe Shiner & Repairer Lexington Shoe Hospital [Linda Georgevich] - 114 N. Mill Street 1942 p.439 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1942  
Harry E. Worsham (1907-1972) Shoe Repairer Harber's Shoe Repair Co. - 209 E. Main Street 1960 p.750 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1960; U.S. Social Security Death Index  
Daniel C. Wright Shoe Shiner Samuel E. Johnson Barber Shop - 124 S. Mill Street 1928 p.588 in Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory 1928  

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References

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Ashland, KY [Nettie May Higgins Franklin]
NKAA Entry: African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Bowling Green, KY [John T. and Mattie Porter]
NKAA Entry: Lexington's Colored Orphan Industrial Home
NKAA Source: R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lexington city directory, 1916-1917
NKAA Source: R.C. Hellrigle & Co.'s Lexington city directory and gazetteer, Cincinnati Southern Railway, 1877-8
NKAA Source: Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) city directory (annual)
NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Lexington city directory
NKAA Source: Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) city directory
NKAA Source: Kentucky Death Index, 1911-present [Ancestry]
NKAA Source: Emerson & Dark's Lexington directory ... together with ... a gazetteer of Fayette County ... (serial)
NKAA Source: R. L. Polk and Co,'s Lexington (Kentucky) directory 1921

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“African AmericanShoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Lexington, KY [John B. and Ella B. Thomas] [Rev. Titus Buckner],” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 21, 2017, http://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/3117.

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