John Crabtree, Shoemaker, Lone Pine, Nebraska

John Crabtree in his shoeshop.

John Crabtree in his shoeshop.

I recently was sent a large shoebox full of Higginson, Crabtree, and Briggs family photos from Cal Bivens. It included this one (a real favorite) of my great-grandfather John Crabtree working in his shoe shop in Lone Pine Nebraska.

As I understand it, Great-Grandpa Crabtree had polio around age 5 or 6 and he needed two different size shoes for his feet. He eventually apprenticed as a shoemaker. He had a number of other skills, but in the latter years of his life he was appreciated for his shoemaking ability in Lone Pine.

I was very surprised to see it has been over 4 years since I last posted photos on my Higginson/Crabtree Branch. After finishing Grandma and Me, I started work on a book about my dad’s parents and ancestors, which I thought would have been completed quite some time ago.

But the Austin book turned into a 3 book series and I just recently completed book 2, so I have not had the time to post photos and information about the Crabtrees and Higginsons like I would have liked.

In the near future, I hope to be able to add some of the photos Cal recently sent me, many of which are in Grandma and Me, but these are originals and many of them are a better quality.

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