A candid interview with Foot Note Magazine
FN: I’m glad to finally meet you Willie, and I know our readers have been looking forward to this interview as much as I have. Before we begin I want to thank you for this opportunity. I understand that you have spent your entire working career here at One Cedar Lane.
Willie: Not yet.
FN: Before we go on to talk about shoe trees I’m sure our readers would like to get to know you. Is that OK with you Willie?
FN: Were you born in New Hampshire?
Willie: Nope. I was born and raised just across the state line in Vermont. Or at least that’s what we thought.
FN: That’s what you thought?
Willie: Ayuh, till one day this here surveyor fella told us it had come to light that we really lived in New Hampshire.
FN: Were you disappointed when you found this out?
Willie: Nope, we was all relieved.
FN: Why’s that Willie?
Willie: There’s no way we could have ever stood another one of those Vermont winters.
FN: Are you married Willie?
Willie: Ayuh, to Ida.
FN: How did you meet Ida.
Willie: It was at the Campton Forks Grange annual bakin’ contest and I was one of them judges. Now the truth of the matter was most of them home cooked goodies tasted about like two bales short of a good hayride. But not Ida’s. She fed me some of her homemade blueberry muffins. Been with her ever since that first bite.
FN: There must have been something else about Ida besides her blueberry muffins that led you to the altar.
Willie: Yes sir, there was. Her singin’. Now I do a lot of fishin’ and Ida would go with me and on the days when the fishin’ was wicked slow, she would start singin’ one of those “come hither” love songs and ya know them fish would hear that and just commence to jump right into the boat. Ida is the love of my life.
FN: Do you have any children Willie?
Willie: Ayuh. Four of each kind.
Willie: Ayuh. Somewhere between twelve to fourteen.
FN: What was the first job you had here at One Cedar Lane?
Willie: My first job weren’t here and it weren’t with One Cedar Lane. it was with O.A. Miller which was a division of United Shoe. Made shoe lasts. Wicked good ones they were. It wasn’t till 1962 that the plant was sold to One Cedar Lane, them being the first ones that made the first cedar shoe trees. Now if my memory serves me right, it was about that same time that things started hoppin’ around here. New products and all.
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