Newspaper Feature, Dutch Shoemaker in Iowa


Newspaper feature of wooden shoemaker Jacob Van Hoff. Printed in the Sunday Des Moines Register, May 1937. Text reads, "Lois Gail Grotenhuis and Corene Vander Stoep look on as Shoemaker Van Hoff completes the job on this shoe. He uses an auger and gouge to dig out the inside of the block of wood. The Dutch adopted wooden shoes because they kept their feet dry in the damp Holland lowlands. Wooden shoes are worn by some dairymen in this country today."