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African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Paducah, KY

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Paducah, Kentucky is known for many things, but one of the unknowns is that the city of Paducah, KY maintained a persistent number of shoemakers and shoe repairers for several decades, from the 1860s to WWI and beyond WWII. In reference to African Americans in the shoe business, between 1920 and the early 1930s, there were as many Colored shoemakers and shoe repairers in Paducah as in Louisville and Lexington. They were part of the ongoing trend of a considerable number of shoemakers in the mid-1800s.

A few years after the American Civil War, there were at least 23 boot and shoemakers in Paducah, according to Kelley & Lambdin's Paducah City Directory for 1869. The African American shoemakers included Saunders Alexander, Arthur Carter, Ben Huston, Robert Taylor, and Phillip Williams, and there was also the boot black, Henry Russell [source: 1880 U.S. Census].

By 1920, after WWI, there were more shoe retail businesses, and shoemakers and repairers listed in the business section of the city directory than had ever been listed before [source: Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921, pp.701-702]. The listing included the shoe manufacturer International Shoe Company on N. 2nd Street; 13 shoe retail stores; and 27 cobblers/shoemakers/shoe repairers. In 1926, African American shoe shiner H. F. Bailey was added in the business section [source: Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927, p.886]. It was during this time period, 1920-1933, that the number of African Americans in the shoe business rivaled the number of those in Louisville and Lexington, with Paducah having 33 African American cobblers/shoemakers/shoe repairers; 39 shoe shiners; and 4 who were employed with a shoe business as a porter or janitor.

But, by 1930, things had started to change. There was not a heading of "SHOES" in the business section of the city directory in 1930 [source: Caron's Paducah Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931]. The International Shoe Company and individual shoe makers, repairers, shiners, and other employees were listed within the names section of the directory. The 1930 U.S. Census was used to identify African Americans in the shoe business, there were 9 shoemakers/repairers and 9 shoe shiners. Three years later, the headings and listings for "SHOES" reappeared in the business section of the city directory, but there was no notation of race in either the 1933 directory or the 1935 directory [source: Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1933-1934; and Caron's Paducah City Directory for the Years 1935-1936]. The listing on p.754 in the 1933 directory had the following breakdown: International Shoe Company; 8 shoe dealers-retailers; 16 shoe repairers; and 3 shoe shiners. James E. Roberts, Othello J. Tanner, and Olin Taylor were the African American shoe repairers, along with shoe shiners James R. Curry and Harry Reeves.

In the 1935 directory, listed on pp.801-802, was the International Shoe Company; 10 shoe dealers-retailers; 17 shoe repairers; and 1 shoe shiner. Andrew Mooring, James E. Roberts, Jr., and Othello J. Tanner were African American shoe repairers, and Thomas O. Cothran was a shoe shiner. By 1939, the race notation was once again in the Paducah city directory with the symbol © by the names of African Americans, though, there was no notation of race under the headings for "SHOES" in the business section of the directory [source: The Baldwin, Billings and Young Paducah, Kentucky Con Survey Directory, Master Edition, v.2, 1939, p.74]. Listed was the International Shoe Company; 11 persons or businesses that repaired shoes; and 12 shoe dealers-retailers. Race would no longer be noted in the business section of the Paducah city directories in reference to "SHOES".

For the year 1940, the U.S. Census was used to identify the 6 African American shoe repairers, and 8 shoe shiners. In 1941, under the heading for "SHOES" was the International Shoe Company; 8 shoe dealers-retailers; and 9 shoe repairers including African Americans J. E. Roberts and J. B. Pursley [source: p.840 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1941-1942]. The 1941 listing did not include African American Roy L. Morphis whose name is listed on p.421 in the directory. Several years after WWII, the shoe business in Paducah continued at about the same rate as before the war, though there were few African Americans in the business. Listed in the city directory was the International Shoe Company; 7 shoe dealers-retailers; and 12 shoe repairers, one of whom was African American Clayborn B. Frazier [p.116 & p.543 in Caron's Paducah (McCracken County, KY.) City Directory, vol. XVIII, 1947].

More than 10 years later, in 1959, there was still the International Shoe Company; 11 shoe dealers-retailers; 8 shoe repairers; and 1 shoe shiner, all listed on p.88 in Caron's Paducah (McCracken County, KY.) City Directory 1959.

In the table below are the names of many African Americans who were in the shoe business in Paducah, KY, from at least 1880 up to 1949. Many of these men were born in Tennessee, and a few migrated to Chicago, IL where they found employment other than the shoe business. James E. Roberts, Jr. was one of the few shoe repairers to migrate out of Kentucky and carry on the trade; he left Kentucky in 1939 for Kansas City, MO, where he taught shoe repairing as a trade. For those who remained in Paducah, there were several shoemakers and repairers who stayed in the business for 20 years or more: Saunders Alexander, 30 years; Clayborn Frazier, 27 years; James B. Pursley, 25 years; James E. Roberts (Sr.), 33 years; Robert Taylor, 34 years; Phillip Williams, 32 years, and shoe shiner Grant Dollar, 20 years. For most of the shoe shiners, porters, and janitors, the work was a short-term gig before moving on to more lucrative employment.

* Neither the letter "c" nor a "dot" were used to note African American persons in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1928-1929; Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1933-1934; and Caron's Paducah City Directory for the Years 1935-1936.

NAME BUSINESS LOCATION YEAR SOURCES NOTES
Saunders Alexander (1849-1912) Shoemaker Jackson Street 1880 U.S. Census Kentucky Death Certificate File No.2136, Registered No.9
Sandy Alexander (1849-1912) Shoemaker 922 Broadway 1904 p.360 in Ashton's Directory of Paducah, Kentucky 1904  
Sandy Alexander (1849-1912) Shoemaker 922 Broadway 1906 p.54 & p.621 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
Sandy Alexander (1849-1912) Shoemaker 117 S. 9th Street 1908 p.54 & p.630 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
Sandy Alexander (1849-1912) Shoe Repairer - Owns Shop 119 S. 9th Street 1910 U.S. Census & p.54 & p.661 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1910-11  
Sam Allen (b.1886) Shoemaker - Owns Shop 158 Woodward Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.701 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
S. J. Allen (b.1886) Shoemaker 158 Woodward Street 1922 p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
S. J. Allen (b.1886) Shoe Repairer 158 Woodward Street 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Sam J. Allen (b.1886) Cobbler, Shoe Repairer 222 7th Street 1930 U.S. Census & p.843 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1930-1931 Worked for Stout Construction in 1940 (U.S. Census)
Parish Anderson (b.1875) Owns Shoe Shop   1930 U.S. Census  
James Armstrong, Jr. (1896-1970) porter at Cochran Shoe Co. ss Rudy Avenue w of 13th 1914 p.53 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1914-1915 Find A Grave
George Bailey Shoemaker 821 N. 7th Street 1904 p.39 in Ashton's Directory of Paducah, Kentucky 1904  
George B. Bailey Shoemaker at William Thompson 521 Campbell Street 1906 p.67 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
George Bailey Shoemaker at J. E. Roberts 601 Trimble Street 1908 p.66 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
George B. Bailey Shoemaker at Alabama Shoe Shop owned by C. E. Pearson 512 N. 12th Street 1916 p.60 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
Henry F. Bailey Shoe Shiner 14th Street 1924 p.71 & p.715 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
H. F. Bailey Shoe Shiner 14th Street 1926 p.762 & p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
H. F. Bailey Shoe Shiner 14th Street 1928 p.819 in Caron's Paducah KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
Bane Barton (1873-1965) Shoe Repairer - Owns Shop 1315 S. 9th Street 1920 U. S. Census & p.74 & p.701 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Died in IL.
Bane Barton (1873-1965) Shoe Repairer - Owner of Economy Shoe Shop 706 S. 6th Street 1922 p.183 & p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Benjamin Barton (1873-1965) Shoe Repairer 512 Norton Street 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Bane Barton (1873-1965) Shoe Repairer 512 Norton Street 1926 p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927 Bank porter in 1930 U.S. Census
James Bell (b.1897) Boot Black 819 Jones Street 1910 U.S. Census Born in TN
Lark Bingham (b.1863) Shoemaker 432 N. 12th Street 1912 p.83 & p.681 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1912-13 Born in TN
Alex Black Shoe Repairer 1209 12th Street 1930 p.102 & p.817 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Sylvester Boyd (1893-1959) Shoe Repairer at Benjamin Barton Shop 504 Elizabeth Street 1924 p.106 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925 Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116 59-17657, Registrar's No. 415
Sylvester Boyd (1893-1959) Cobbler - Shoe Shop   1930 U.S. Census Co-owner of Boyd & Willis Restaurant in 1926, p.107 in  Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927
Curlie Britt Shoe Shiner at Arcade Hatters 506 Broadway 1924 p.113 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Arthur Brown (b.1892) Wagon Shoe Shiner - Barber Shop   1910 U.S. Census  
Charles Brown (b.1891) Boot Black at Shoe Shine Parlor   1910 U.S. Census  
Charles Brown Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bros (billiards) 404 Broadway 1930 p.127 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
George W. Brown (1921-1987) Shoe Shiner - Barber Shop   1940 U.S. Census U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index
Thomas Buffalo Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bros (billiards) 404 Broadway 1930 p.135 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
George Bursey (1895-1973) Shoemaker 514 S. 11th Street 1922 p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923 Born in TN or Alabama, WWI Draft Card & 1930 U.S. Census. Died in MI. U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index.
George Bursey (1895-1973) Shoe Repairer 514 S. 11th Street 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Ellis Bynum (b.1903) Porter - Shoe Store   1920 U.S. Census Born in TN.
Mitchell Caldwell (1874-1938) Shoemaker 1005 N. 7th Street 1920 p.117 & p.701 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Find A Grave
Mitchell Caldwell (1874-1938) Shoe Repairer 1006 N. 10th Street 1922 p.121 & p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Mitchell Caldwell (1874-1938) Shoe Repairer 1007 Findlay Avenue 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Mitchell Caldwell (1874-1938) Shoe Repairer 1007 Findlay Avenue 1926 p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Robert Caldwell (b.1857) Shoemaker - Owner of Paducah Shoeing Shop [Blacksmith] 7th Street 1900 1900 U.S. Census & p.59 in City Directory of Paducah, KY. 1902 Horse Shoes. Husband of Hattie B. Caldwell.
Robert Caldwell, Sr. (1872-1917) Shoemaker Adams Street 1900 U.S. Census Father of Robert Caldwell, Jr. Husband of Maggie Caldwell.
Kentucky Death Certificate File No.23204, Registered No.379.
Find A Grave
Robert T. Caldwell, Sr. (1872-1917) Shoemaker 720 Washington Street 1902 p.59 in City Directory of Paducah, KY. 1902

R. T. Caldwell, Sr. (1872-1917) Shoemaker 432 N. 12th Street 1916 p.675 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
Robert Caldwell, Jr. (b.1893) Shoemaker at J. A. Rudy & Sons 715 S. 7th Street 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card Son of Maggie and Robert Caldwell, Sr. Husband of Isola Caldwell.
Henry Carman (1896-1957) Shoemaker at J. B. Pursley 1126 Jones Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.120 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116 57-14852, Registrar's No.4030. Died in Louisville, KY.
Henry D. Carman (1896-1957) Shoe Repairer 1126 Jones Street 1926 p.138 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Henry D. Carman (1896-1957) Shoe Repairer at J. B. Pursley 1126 Jones Street 1928 p.155 in Caron's Paducah KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
Arthur Carter (b.1844) Shoemaker 92 Trimble Street 1880 U.S. Census Born in GA. Brother-in-law to Robert Taylor. In 1885, he was a janitor, civil service, in the Paducah courthouse [source: U.S., Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service, July 1, 1885, p.235]
Fester Cockrell Shoemaker at J. A. Rudy & Sons 715 S. 7th Street 1916 p.127 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
Thomas Cothran (b.1907) Shoe Shiner 700 S. Third Street 1924 p.169 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Thomas O. Cothran (b.1907) Shoe Shiner 614 Tennessee Street 1930 p.157 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Thomas O. Cothran (b.1907) Shoe Shiner at Re-Nu Shoe Shop 408 Kelly's Alley 1935 p.159 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1935-1936  
Henry Couch Shoe Shiner at Henry Bailey 1410 Clay Street 1926 p.173 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Vincent Cunningham (1915-1969) Boot Black at Shoe Shining Parlor   1940 U.S. Census Born in MO. Kentucky Death Index.
James Curry Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bros 1238 Monroe 1930 p.204 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
James R. Curry Shoe Shiner at George's Place 220 N. 13th Street 1933 p.164 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1933-1934  
William Daniels (b.1894) Boot Black at Louis Caporal 515 S. 8th Street 1916 p.148 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
William B. Daniels (b.1894) Shoe Shiner at Louis Caporal 515 S. 8th Street 1922 p.161 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923 Migrated north and was working for the Pontiac Motor Co. in Pontiac, MI in 1942 [source: WWII Draft Registration Card].
Rufus Danison (b.1899) Shoemaker   1920 U.S. Census Born in Nova Scotia {may be in TN}.
Lawrence D. Davis (b.1908) Shoe shiner 1401 Rudy Avenue 1928 p.215 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
Lawrence Davis (b.1908) Shoe Shiner at Re-Nu Shoe Shop 1401 Rudy Avenue 1930 p.210 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Herman Dinwiddie (1910-1972) Shoe Shiner 1033 Washington Street 1926 p.201 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927 U.S. Social Security Death Index. Died in Chicago.
Herman Dinwiddie (1910-1972) Porter - Shoe Parlor   1930 U.S. Census  
Herman Dinwiddie (1910-1972) Shoe Repairer - Shoe Shop   1940 U.S. Census  
Edward R. Dixon (b.1904) Shoe Shiner 132 S. 11th Street 1920 p.167 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
Grant Dollar (1878-1947) Boot Black   1920 U.S. Census Kentucky Death Certificate File No.28571, Registrar's No.617 [Name given as Mont E. Dollar on death certificate].
Grant Dollar (1878-1947) Shoe Shiner 620 Adams 1922 p.172 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Grant Dollar (1878-1947) Shoe Shiner 1048 Washington Street 1926 p.203 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Grant Dollar (1878-1947) Shoe Shiner 302 S. 9th Street 1928 p.228 in Caron's Paducah KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
Grant Dollar (1878-1947) Boot Black - Owns Business   1930 U.S. Census  
Grant Dollar (1878-1947) Boot Black   1940 U.S. Census  
Willie Douglas (b.1904) Boot Black - Shoe Shop   1920 U.S. Census Born in TN.
John Fisher (1855-1915) Shoemaker - Owns Shop   1900 U.S. Census Born in MD. Find A Grave
John P. Fisher (1855-1915) Shoemaker 711 Adams Street 1904 p.360 in Ashton's Directory of Paducah, Kentucky 1904  
John P. Fisher (1855-1915) Shoemaker 443 S. 7th Street 1906 p.182 & p.621 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
J. P. Fisher (1855-1915) Shoemaker 711 Adams Street 1908 p.631 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
John P. Fisher (1855-1915) Shoemaker / Repairer - Owns Shop 711 Adams Street 1910 U.S. Census & p.183 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1910-11  
J. P. Fisher (1855-1915) Shoemaker 713 Adams Street 1912 p.681 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1912-13  
J. P. Fisher (1855-1915) Shoemaker 711 Adams Street 1914 p.717 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1914-1915  
Milton Fitzgerald (1910-1962) Shoe Shiner 1045 Washington Street 1926 p.237 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927 Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116 62 11535, Registrar's No.320
Oscar Franklin Shoe Shiner 907 Washington Street 1922 p.208 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Clayborn Frazer (1889-1953) Shoe Repairer - Owns Shop 924 Husbands Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.702 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116 53 3720, Registrar's No.81
C. B. Frazier (1889-1953) Shoe Repairer 924 Husbands Street 1922 p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
C. B. Frazier (1889-1953) Shoe Repairer 924 Husbands Street 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Clayborn Frazer (1889-1953) Shoe Repairer 1117 Murrell Boulevard 1926 p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Clayborn Frazier (1889-1953) Shoe Repairer 1117 Murrell Boulevard 1930 U.S. Census & p.271 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Clayborn B. Frazier (1889-1953) Shoe Repairer 802 Caldwell 1947 p.116 in Caron's Paducah (McCracken County, KY.) City Directory vol. 1947  
Ora Gaines (1896-1950) Shoemaker at J. A. Rudy & Sons   1917 WWI Draft Registration Card Find A Grave
Orine Gaines (1896-1950) Shoemaker - Owns Shop   1920 U.S. Census  
Mayo Gentry (1910-1981) Shoe Shiner at J. A. Morton 632 Jackson Street 1926 p.257 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927 U.S. Social Security Death Index. Died in Washing, D.C.
H. L. Griffin Shoemaker 1023 S. 3rd Street 1906 p.621 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
Henry L. Griffin Shoemaker 1001 S. 8th Street 1908 p.213 & p.631 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
Louis Harris (b.1901) Shoemaker - Repair Shop City Jail 1930 U.S. Census Inmate in the city jail.
Shredric Harris (b.1901) Shoemaker - Shoe Shop   1920 U.S. Census  
John Haynes Shoemaker 217 S. 7th Street 1908 p.631 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
Lonzo Hendon Shoe Shiner at J. A. Rudy & Sons 924 Findlay Street 1924 p.300 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Artell Hester (1907-1925) Shoe Shiner at Henry Bailey Shop 612 N. 14th Street 1924 p.303 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925 Kentucky Death Certificate File No.10205, Registered No.148
Allen Holman Shoemaker 903 Trimble Street 1906 p.243 & p.621 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
Allen Holman Shoemaker 903 Trimble Street 1908 p.631 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
Allen Hollman Shoemaker 812 Harris Street 1910 p.249 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1910-11  
Claude Hughes (1896-1923) Shoemaker at T. H. Callahan Co. 622 Jackson Street 1914 p.271 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1914-1915 Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.23410,
Claude Hughes (1896-1923) Shoemaker - Shoe Factory   1920 U.S. Census  
Claude Hughes (1896-1923) Shoemaker at T. H. Callahan 405 S. 7th Street 1922 p.280 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Kermit Hughes (b.1914) Shoe Shiner - Barber Shop   1940 U.S. Census Born in TN.
Marcella Hunter Shoe Shiner 1000 S. 6th Street 1920 p.275 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
Ben Huston (b.1854) Shoemaker 123 Harrison Street 1880 U.S. Census  
Edgar Johnson Shoe Repairer at Economy Shoe Shop 710 S. 8th Street 1922 p.296 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Everett Johnson Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bros & Co. 615 S. 15th Street 1926 p.357 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Henry Knight (b.1864) Shoe Repairer 501 N. 12th Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.309 & p.702 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Born in TN.
Henry Knight (b.1864) Shoe Repairer 501 N. 12th Street 1922 p.318 & p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Henry Knight (b.1864) Shoe Repairer 501 N. 12th Street 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Henry Knight (b.1864) Shoe Repairer 1209 Harrison Street 1926 p.383 & p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Charles H. Lee (b.1907) Shoe Shiner - Parlor   1920 U.S. Census  
Robert Lewis (1857-1926) Shoemaker 1365 Murrell Boulevard 1916 p.675 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917 Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.23644, Registered No.415 / Wife Agnes
Robert Lewis (1857-1926) Shoemaker 432 N. 12th Street 1918 p.622 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1918-1919  
Robert Lewis (1857-1926) Shoemaker 513 N. 13th Street 1920 p.702 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
Robert Lewis (1857-1926) Shoe Repairer 609 N. 13th Street 1922 p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Robert Lewis (b.1902) Shoe Shiner - Re-Nu Shoe Shop 733 Jackson Street 1930 p.433 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931 Born in TN.
Robert Lewis (b.1902) Shoe Shiner - Re-Nu Shoe Shop 403 Broadway 1939 p.466 & p.532 in The Baldwin, Billings and Young Paducah, Kentucky Con Survey Directory, Master Edition, v.2, 1939  
Robert Lewis (b.1902) Porter - Shoe Shop   1940 Census  
Richard Anderson "R. A." Logan (1871-1941) Porter - Shoe Store   1910 U.S. Census Kentucky Death Certificate File No.24984, Registrar's No.453
Find A Grave
J. R. McDonald Shoemaker 416 S. 13th Street 1916 p.675 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
Harold McElwain (b.1921) Shoe Shiner - Barber Shop   1940 U.S. Census  
Elmo McKendrick (1900-1942) Shoe Shiner at J. A. Rudy & Sons / Boot Black Broadway 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card & p.309 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1918-1919 Born in TN. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index. Died in Chicago.
Elmo McKendrick (1900-1942) Shoe Shiner at J. A. Rudy & Sons   1920 U.S. Census & p.353 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
Bennie McReynolds (1903-1932) Shoe Shiner & Barber   1920 U.S. Census Kentucky Death Certificate File No.12168, Registered No.227
George Mekes Shoe Repairer 1046 Broadway 1922 p.721 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
George Mekes Shoe Repairer 1046 Broadway 1924 p.430 & p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925 Listed with a "c" [for colored] in the 1924 city directory, he may have been from Greece, Hungry, or some other European country.
George Mekes Shoe Repairer 1046 Broadway 1926 p.452 & p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Andrew Mooring (1878-1936) Shoe Repairer 708 Washington Street 1928 p.513 in Caron's Paducah KY. City Directory for 1928-1929 Born in TN.  [Last name misspelled "Mowens.] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index. Died in Chicago.
Andy Mooring (1878-1936) Shoemaker - Owns Shop   1930 U.S. Census  
Andrew Mooring (1878-1936) Shoe Repairer 717 Washington Street 1935 p.426 in Caron's Paducah City Directory for the Years 1935-1936  
Oddie Morphis (1892-1972) Shoe Repairer at J. E. Roberts 826 N. 8th Street 1920 p.373 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Age from WWI Draft Registration Card. U.S. Social Security Death Index. Died in Louisville, KY
Roy L. Morphis (b.1918) Shoe Repairer - Shoe Shop   1940 U.S. Census  
Roy L. Morphis (b.1918) Shoe Repairer at J. E. Roberts   1941 p.424 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1941-1942  
Noble Morris (b.1901) Boot Black at Barker School   1920 U.S. Census  
Vernell Nailing (1905-1982) Boot Black - Shoe Shop   1920 U.S. Census Cook County, Illinois Death Index. Died in Chicago
Abram Oates (1913-1992) Shoe Shiner   1940 U.S. Census Born in TN. Kentucky Death Index. Died in Louisville, KY.
Elzee Ogleby (b.1895) Porter - Shoe Store   1910 U.S. Census  
Scott T. Overton (1859-1914) Shoemaker 1024 S. 10th Street 1904 p.362 in Ashton's Directory of Paducah, Kentucky 1904 Kentucky Death Certificate File No.2015, Registered No.60
Scott T. Overton (1859-1914) Shoemaker 631 S. 8th Street 1908 p.631 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
Scott T. Overton (1859-1914) Shoemaker 704 S. 8th Street 1912 p.681 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1912-13  
C. E. Pearson (b.1868) Shoemaker - owner of Alabama Shoe Shop 512 N. 12th Street 1914 p.717 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1914-1915 Born in AL.
C. E. Pearson (b.1868) Shoemaker - owner of Alabama Shoe Shop 512 N. 12th Street 1916 p.46 & p.675  in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
Charles E. Pierson (b.1868) Shoe Repairer - owner of Alabama Shoe Shop 512 N. 12th Street 1920 U.S. Census & 702 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
Charles E. Pearson (b.1868) shoe Repairer 512 N. 12th Street 1922 p.418 & p.722 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Commodore Pryor (1907-1942) Shoe Shiner 1424 Murrell Blvd. 1930 p.569 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931 Kentucky Death Certificate File No.16626, Registrar's No.3081(?)
J. B. Pursley (1883-1954) Shoemaker 723 S. 8th Street 1916 p.675 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917 Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116 54 7692, Registrar's No.209
J. B. Pursley (1883-1954) Shoemaker 723 S. 8th Street 1918 p.622 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1918-1919  
Bert Pursley (1883-1954) Shoe Repairer - Owns Shoe Shop 617 S. 8th Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.702 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
J. B. Pursley (1883-1954) Shoe Repairer 617 S. 8th Street 1922 p.722 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
J. B. Pursley (1883-1954) Shoe Repairer 617 S. 8th Street 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
James B. Pursley (1883-1954) Shoe Repairer 617 S. 8th Street 1926 p.535 & p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
J. Burt Pursley (1883-1954) Shoe Repairer 623 S. 8th Street 1939 p.527 in The Baldwin, Billings and Young Paducah, Kentucky Con Survey Directory, Master Edition, volume 2, 1939  
J. B. Pursley (1883-1954) Shoe Repairer 617 S. 8th Street 1941 p.233, p.690, p.840 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1941-1942  
Harry L. Reeves (1906-1995) Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bro. & Co. 609 N. 13th Street 1926 p.546 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927 Find A Grave
Harry Reeves (1906-1995) Shoe Shiner 609 N. 13th Street 1928 p.593 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
Harry L. Reeves (1906-1995) Shoe Shiner 609 N. 13th Street 1930 p.582 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Harry Reeves (1906-1995) Shoe Shiner 609 N. 13th Street 1933 p.464 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1933-1934  
Wesley Render (1904-1960) Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bro. & Co. 1035 Washington Street 1922 p.443 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923 Family Trees in Ancestry.com
Wesley Reynolds Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bro. & Co. 1035 Washington Street 1922 p.444 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Mack Riley (b.1894) Shoemaker & Repairer 217 S. 7th Street 1910 U.S. Census & p.413 & p.661 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1910-11 Born in NC.
William M. Riley Shoe Repairer 1124 Madison Street 1906 p.400, p.602, & p.621 Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
Howard Roberts (b.1899) Shoe Repairer at J. E. Roberts 1308 Madison Street 1916 p.421 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
Howard Jones Roberts (b.1899) Shoe Repairer at J. E. Roberts 705 Trimble Street 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card  
Howard Roberts (b.1899) Shoemaker Helper   1920 U.S. Census  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker 601 Trimble Street 1908 p.404 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9 Father of James E. Roberts, Jr. (1913-1999). Kentucky Death Certificate File No.18538, Registrar's No.389.
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James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker 601 Trimble Street 1910 p.416 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1910-11  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker 705 Trimble Street 1912 p.426 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1912-13  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker 705 Trimble Street 1914 p.446 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1914-1915  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker 705 Trimble Street 1916 p.675 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
James Eddie Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker - Self Employed 705 Trimble Street 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker - Owns Shop 705 Trimble Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.437 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker 705 Trimble Street 1922 p.452 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoemaker 705 Trimble Street 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoe Repairer 705 Trimble Street 1926 p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoe Repairer 705 Park Avenue 1928 p.606 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
[James] Eddie Roberts (1881-1947) Shoe Repairer - Owns Shop   1930 U.S. Census  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoe Repairer at T. H. Callahan Co.   1933 p.475 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1933-1934  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoe Repairer- Owner of Roberts Shoe Hospital 828 N. 8th Street 1939 p.537 in The Baldwin, Billings and Young Paducah, Kentucky Con Survey Directory, Master Edition, volume 2, 1939  
James E. Roberts (1881-1947) Shoe Repairer 826 N. 8th Street 1941 p.502 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1941-1942  
James E. Roberts, Jr. (1913-1999) Shoe Repairer at J. E. Roberts 705 Trimble Street 1926 p.558 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927 Son of James E. Roberts (1881-1947). U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index. Died in Kansas City, MO.
James E. Roberts Jr. (1913-1999) Shoe Repairer at J. E. Roberts 705 Park Avenue 1928 p.606 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
James E. Roberts, Jr. (1913-1999) Shoe Repairer 828 N. 8th Street 1935 p.504 in Caron's Paducah City Directory for the Years 1935-1936  
James E. Roberts, Jr. (1913-1999) Shoe Repairer at Roberts Shoe Hospital 828 N. 8th Street 1939 p.537 in The Baldwin, Billings and Young Paducah, Kentucky Con Survey Directory, Master Edition, volume 2, 1939 Lived in Paducah, KY, then moved to Kansas City, MO where he taught shoe repairing [source: 1940 Census].
Henry Russell (b.1866) Boot Black   1880 U.S. Census  
Sanford Rogers (b.1869) Shoemaker 311 S. 3rd Street 1904 p.270 & p.362 in Ashton's Directory of Paducah, Kentucky 1904  
Arnold Sansberry (1896-1981) Shoemaker at T. H. Callahan Co. 609 S. 7th Street 1914 p.467 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1914-1915 Born in IL. Kentucky Death Index. Died in Louisville, KY.
Charles Smith Shoe Shiner 806 Washington Street 1924 p.573 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Otis Stigger (1913-1966) Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bros 316 N. 14th Street 1930 U.S. Census & p.664 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931 Kentucky Death Index
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Otis Stigger (1913-1966) Shoe Shiner 827 Washington Street 1949 p.334 in Caron's Paducah (McCracken County, KY.) City Directory 1949  
Eugene Stewart (1912-1936) Shoe Shiner at J. A. Rudy & Sons 350 S. 7th Street 1926 p.626 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927 Kentucky Death Certificate File No.14420, Registered No.227
Otis Stone (1923-1946) Shoe Shiner - Shoe Shop   1940 U.S. Census Kentucky Death Index
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Otho J. Tanner (1865-1940) Cobbler - Owns Shop 606 Jackson Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.702 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Born in OH. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.15382, Registrar's No.332 [name filed as Rev. O. J. Tanner]
Othello J. Tanner (1865-1940) Shoe Repairer 617 Jackson Street 1926 p.639 & p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Othello J. Tanner (1865-1940) Shoe Repairer 812 S. 5th Street 1928 p.690 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
Othello J. Tanner (1865-1940) Cobbler - Owns Shop   1930 U.S. Census  
Othello J. Tanner (1865-1940) Shoe Repairer 812 S. 5th Street 1933 p.544 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1933-1934  
Othello J. Tanner (1865-1940) Shoe Repairer 812 S. 5th Street 1935 p.577 in Caron's Paducah City Directory for the Years 1935-1936  
Charles Tate Shoe Shiner at Arcade Hatters 506 Broadway 1924 p.603 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Ollin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoemaker 1024 Caldwell Street 1916 p.675 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917 Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.7676, Registered No.111
Ollin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoemaker 1022-1024 Caldwell Street 1918 p.622 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1918-1919  
Ollin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoe Repairer - Owns Shop rear 1201 Murrell Boulevard 1920 U.S. Census & p.702 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921  
Ollin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoe Repairer rear 1201 Murrell Boulevard 1922 p.722 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Olin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoe Repairer rear 1201 Murrell Boulevard 1924 p.835 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Olin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoe Repairer 1201 Murrell Boulevard 1926 p.641 & p.886 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Kentucky for 1926-1927  
Olin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoe Repairer 1201 Murrell Boulevard 1928 p.840 & p.926 in Caron's Paducah, KY. City Directory for 1928-1929  
Olin Taylor (1850-1935) Shoe Repairer 1201 Murrell Boulevard 1933 p.743 in Caron's Paducah, Ky. City Directory for 1933-1934  
Robert Taylor (b.1852) Shoemaker 92 Trimble Street 1880 U.S. Census Brother-in-law to Arthur Carter
Robert Taylor (b.1852) Shoemaker at Sandy Alexander 922 Broadway 1906 p.460 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
Robert Taylor (b.1852) Shoemaker 624 S. 9th Street 1910 p.476 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1910-11  
Robert Taylor (b.1852) Shoemaker at J. E. Roberts 705 Trimble Street 1912 p.489 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1912-13  
Robert Taylor (b.1852) Shoemaker at Alabama Shoe Shop 512 N. 12th Street 1914 p.516 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1914-1915  
William Thompson Shoemaker 521 Campbell Street 1902 p.275 in City Directory of Paducah, KY. 1902  
William Thompson Shoemaker 601 Trimble Street 1904 p.362 in Ashton's Directory of Paducah, Kentucky 1904  
William Thompson Shoemaker 521 Campbell Street 1906 p.466 n Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
Clarence W. Tooley (1904-1994) Shoemaker at T. H. Callahan 515 S. 9th Street 1920 U.S. Census & p.515 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Born in TN.
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William James Ussery (1904-1955) Porter - Shoe Store   1920 U.S. Census Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116 55 23394, Registrar's No.500
William James Ussery (1904-1955) Shoe Shiner at Prenos Bro. & Co. 1334 Madison Street 1922 p.540 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
James Vincent Shoe Shiner at Arcade Hatters 506 Broadway 1922 p.545 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Palmer Warren (b.1910) Shoe Repairer at T. H. Callahan 1405 Clay Street 1924 p.648 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Moses A. Watts (1872-1940) Porter - Shoe Store   1920 U.S. Census Born in IL. Kentucky Death Index.
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Sam Webb (1907-1935) Shoe Shiner - Shoe Parlor   1920 U.S. Census Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.7662, Registered No.110
William Whittaker (b.1872) Janitor at Int. Shoe Co. 826 N. 10th Street 1922 p.570 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1922-1923  
Ellis Whittemore (1902-1929) Shoe Shiner 1405 1/2 S. 4th Street 1920 p.550 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1920-1921 Kentucky Death Certificate File No.32748, Registered No.570
Ernest Wilkinson Boot Black 913 N. 8th Street 1916 p.534 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1916--1917  
Phillip Williams (1854-1916) Cobbler   1880 U.S. Census Born in TN. Kentucky Death Certificate File No.8494, Registered No.117.
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Phillip Williams (1854-1916) Shoemaker 1337 S. 10th Street 1904 p.335 & p.362 in Ashton's Directory of Paducah, Kentucky 1904  
Phillip Williams (1854-1916) Shoemaker 722 S. 5th Street 1906 p.621 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1906-7  
Phillip Williams (1854-1916) Shoemaker 722 S. 5th Street 1908 p.631 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1908-9  
Phillip Williams (1854-1916) Shoemaker 1001 S. 8th Street 1910 p.530 & p.661 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah for 1910-11  
Phillip Williams (1854-1916) Shoemaker 1001 S. 8th Street 1912 p.576 & p.681 in Caron's Directory of the City of Paducah, Ky. for 1912-13  
W. Lee Wright (b.1911) Shoe Shiner - Barber Shop   1940 U.S. Census  

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NKAA Source: Kelley & Lambdin's Paducah city directory, 1869-1870
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NKAA Source: Ashton's directory of Paducah, Kentucky, 1904
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