J. C.  Letsinger

February 13, 1879
VOL. 1; No. 37
from the article, SMILING  SHELBYVILLE!

Was born in the year 1849 in Hamilton County, Ohio. He farmed until he was
seventeen years of age, when he commenced learning the blacksmithing trade.  He served a three years' apprenticeship, and then worked as a "jour"*  for seven years.  He learned the horse-shoeing business under the instructions of the "boss horse-shoer of the State of Ohio."  He has had a large experience in the business, having worked in different parts of this State, Ohio and Illinois.  Being of an observant turn of mind he has carefully noted all the different points of the business, until now he has a thorough knowledge of everything pertaining to his trade.  He repairs wagons, plows and agricultural machines of all kinds.  He is known as the "Boss Horse-shoer of Shelby County."  He makes this branch a specialty, and guarantees all work turned out of his shop.  He is located on Jackson street, immediately in the rear of J. M. Randall's grocery store.  He invites everybody to call and see him whether they want anything in his line or not.
Next biography in the "Smiling Shelbyville" newspaper article, Lawrence H. Hegner.
*  I looked up "jour" on Google and it seems the term was used to indicate a journeyman.- JS
Contributed by Jeanne Surber

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