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"Old Sherwood Town" is only nine blocks in size, yet it represents a very large chunk of what America was about during the turn of the 19th Century. The physical Trail winds through these nine blocks. It begins and ends at the Sherwood Heritage Center. (Also take a look at our 2006 Web Page!)

The Grandfatherly Town Father


"How much will I charge to fix the heel
on your shoe? Ten Cents!"
In 1891 G. Hanke moved to Sherwood and erected a shoe shop on the corner of First and Main Streets. "When I came here the roads were little more than paths. The road to four corners was so narrow that anyone traveling in a buggy or wagon needed to take care that the hazel brush didn't switch him in the eyes. Cows and pigs ran at large on the village streets. If you had anything left out on the porch they were likely to get it. The streets and roads were hub deep in mud most of the winter. There were board sidewalks down town and a few planks in the worst mud holes in the road. In those days every one had to work a day or two poll tax. Most of the time was spent in making road repairs. This was the only work done to the roads." --History of Sherwood by Ronald Sherk, 1936.

4 comments:

Lilly Morgen said...

Gustave Hanke moved into the first bank building in about 1900 when the Citizen's Bank moved to the Cofelt Hotel. I marvel at the fact that he was still working on shoes clear up until around 1936! During the Depression, people would leave their shoes lined up by his door. He would fix them and leave them lined up by the door all fixed. No one could afford to have them fixed and he knew that. He knew that during the day people were too embarrassed to bring them in, because they could not pay. Sometimes he would find some eggs or a chicken in a box outside his door!

Anonymous said...

That's the sweetest story about Old Town Sherwood that I've ever heard. And to think that if it had not been for the Sherwood Historical Society, we'd have forgotten all about the place!

Anonymous said...

Why did the man fix the shoes. Wh didn't they throw them away?

Clyde List said...

Throw them away? Throw them away!? Click on the picture of Mr. Hanke and see how he would look at you if you said Throw Them Away. Of course, it's impossible to find a cobbler today who works as cheaply as Mr. Hanke did back then. It's cheaper to just go buy another pair of shoes.

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