Days of Yore
as recounted by
In 1894 George W. Day bought from Squire Moss
the only shoemaker shop in Haddonfield which was located at 101 E.
Kings Highway. The price was $200. A shoemaker shop in
those days meant the actual building of shoes as well as the
repairing of them. All the work was done by hand. The
shop, when it later was moved to 205 E. Main Street, became the
gathering spot for the few remaining Civil War veterans in
town. Among those to be remembered are Billy Jones, Bill
Oakley, Squire Moss, G. W. Murphy, Orthy Pete, Mr. Anthony.
Another visitor, although not a veteran, but always present, was
the first Mayor Haddonfield, Mayor Roberts, who lived in the old
farmhouse which still stands on Kings Highway East across from
Greenfield Hall. These old gentlemen got together every day
with their yarns before the Civil War. Billy Jones was the
last remaining Civil War veteran in town. He died in
1932. One day a Philadelphia newspaper photographer took a
picture of the shoemaker and his bench in the background.
Two Haddonfield couples on vacation in California, Mr. & Mrs.
Street and Mr. & Mrs. Philip Wilson, upon their return brought
with them copies of a western newspaper which had carried the
picture and the story. A wire service had picked up the
human interest story and circulated it throughout the United
States. Mr. Wilson, then a Camden Bank President, was the
brother of Admiral Wilson after whom the Boulevard in Camden was
named. You knew Helen Louise Carroll? Her mother
married Phil Wilson.