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Description: Seventy-One Years in a Shoe ShopDate: August 30 1911
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 6
Seventy-One Years in a Shoe Shop
Charles H. Wilson of Troy, N. Y., occupies the unique position of having been in business in one building for 71 years; at least he will have completed 71 years in the shoe business at 242-244 River Street August 12 next. This record, it is believed, can be equaled by few if any shoe retailers in this country. Mr. Wilson is today just as much in active business as he was almost three-quarters of a century ago, when as a thirteen-year-old lad he entered the employ of John Leonard Williams of Troy. To be exact, that was August 12, 1840. Mr. Williams kept a shoe store at 242-244 River Street in a building which had been erected in 1803, and so the building now occupied by Mr. Wilson for his retail shoe business ins one of the oldest buildings in Troy.