I started as a part time shoe salesman at a store in Beaver Dam in 1957. I decided early on in life that farming wasn’t for me! I worked at two stores and was hired full time after a one week crash course at my uncle’s store in Plymouth. In 1960 I got a better offer at a store in Fon Du Lac. I worked there until I was contacted by a former employer in Beaver Dam to manage a store in Mayville. While I managed the store in Mayville I took a mail shoe fitting course offered by Dr. Scholls.
I heard about a store for sale in Whitewater and went to check it out with my father. Dad loaned me $2,000 and we made a down payment. My friend, Clarence, eventually lent me the money for the store on a handshake! In 1969 I headed off to Whitewater with my wife Pat, our two kids, our dog and a car that wasn’t too far off from the scrap heap. Who would’ve known that numerous tent, armory and sidewalk sales were to follow us down here?
I hired many students over the next 37 years but one definitely stood out! Bob worked for us while in school until he graduated and pursued other jobs. I guess he had the shoe bug and came back to Whitewater to work full time with the goal of purchasing the store. In 2005 Bob and I switched rolls when he bought the store from Pat and I. Pat, who also worked in the store and did book work keeping, was glad to retire after 37 years. I still work part time at the store, which I still enjoy to this day.