WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD WHEN HE PUT ON HIS FIRST PAIR OF SHOES
By S. C. Turnbo

On one occasion and a number of years before his death in 1899, Elias Keesee, son of Paton Keesee told the writer that during his first recollections the early settlers on Little North Fork of White River would capture buffalo calves and pluck off the wool and the women would knit socks of it. I have seen both men and women wear moccasins of dressed buck skin and tanned cow hide. Men and boys wore garbs of buck hide made into pants and hunting shirts. In refering to his first pair of shoes Mr. Keesee said, "I was 12 years old or in 1836 when I put on my first pair.

A man of the name of Cavenaugh made them for me, and I felt prouder than an old gander while he is stretching his neck and eating corn off of a high table.

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