Hayden, Joseph ( -1842)

In Recognition For: Service to the Town of Gray

Joseph Hayden ( - 1842) was one of the first shoemakers in Gray.  He built a small one story shop (10-15sf).  It was well lighted by a hanging lamp and had a round woodstove in the center with an iron skillet setting inside the top in which he melted his wax.  These were for sewed shoes, the shoemaker using waxed thread with a needle on each end of the thread.  An awl was used to make the holes.  Someone quoted “he was a honest man, did his work well and put in no poor leather”.

Sponsor: Gray Historical Society
Added: 25 Jan 2012