|Richard Gjelstein (Gjelsteinboots)
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 10:16 pm: |
Quite a few years back I had the pleasure of meeting a retired bootmaker by the name of Carl Mc Dowell and his wife while visiting in Austin. I believe his shop was in Kansas, does anyone know how he is doing?
|Lisa Sorrell (Sorrell)
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 12:23 pm: |
Carl's shop was in Wichita, Kansas. A repairman named Jack Smith bought out his shop. I did some contract work for Jack for a while around 1995 and '96 and I ended up buying several machines and all the lasts that came from Carl's shop. I never met Carl and I always had the impression that Jack bought his shop after his death. If he is still alive I'd love to meet him.
|Carrlyn Miller (Carrlyn)
Post Number: 25
|Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 3:23 pm: |
Lisa and Richard,
Jack Smith did buy the majority of Carl's equipment, but I know that he didn't buy all of it. Carl, and his wife Marti are both in their 90's, and still live in their home up in Wichita, Kansas. I have a friend that lives up there who had lunch with them last month, and I understand they are doing very well. Carl is a really nice man, and I'm sure he would enjoy meeting you Lisa.
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 4:52 pm: |
1998 McDowell said he sold stitcher and lasts (all .. ?I didn't ask) to J.Smith back in 1991.
The style no. he gave me was J&V C1221 which were
designed by Heggs and manufactured by J&V in the 1946-47 years.He noted that Spey Wholesale in Wichita sold his last under the no. H44.