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The Shoemaker's Window

Milestones Vol 33 No. 4

T. Frank Covert tells of A. Gasman, who was a shoemaker in Beaver Falls back in the day. He was the owner of a couple of cobbler's shops in Beaver Falls, including one he was most proud of at Tenth St. and Eleventh Avenue, where he lived.

This was where he constructed a window about four feet square facing the sidewalk. It was quite a fancy window for the times and he was more than a little proud of his accomplishment. He nervously guarded it with his life and constantly worried that careless kids would break it. He not only didn't allow playing in front of his store, but if a youngster even dared to look into the window, it was his custom to lay his tools down and chase them away.

It wasn't long until the neighborhood kids held a grudge against this not so modest businessman and plotted revenge on the old' cobbler.

A few nights prior to Halloween, one of them discovered two barrels of broken glass in the rear of a hardware store. He relayed the information to others and said he had an idea. Later, on Halloween Eve, they quietly carried the glass to the Gasman place.

When all was quiet, they dumped the contents with a loud crash, amidst shouting, in front of the cherished window.

Gasman came screaming out of his house much to the glee of the youngsters.