Peeks From The Past

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Wooden Shoes 
(as recalled by Alfred Gerwing)

It is well documented that Grandpa (Heinrich Gerwing) was skilled at making wooden shoes. He practiced his craft in the late 1800's while living near Pierz Minnesota USA. Pa (Joseph Gerwing Sr.) told us that Heinrich required his boys to wear wooden shoes to school. Most of the other children wore leather shoes. The wood shoes were not in style and some children made fun of them. However, wearing wooden shoes did have one advantage. Whenever a bully threatened, the Gerwing boys merely had to brandish a hard wooden shoe in their direction to settle the matter.

 

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