H. L.  Prewitt

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

Prewitt & Co., proprietors, is situated on the southwest corner of Harrison street and the Public Square.  H. L. Prewitt, the resident member of the firm, has been actively engaged in the boot and shoe business since the year 1873.  The "Company" part of this institution is a large wholesale house in Indianapolis. On the first of July, 1878, this firm purchased the stock of Eschmeyer & Bro. at receiver's sale. They immediately restocked the store with goods best adapted to the trade in this market, and have cut down prices to such an extent that the name, "Rock Bottom," given to the store, is very appropriate. Mr. Prewitt, in having a wholesale house for his partner, has a great advantage over the most of dealers. He is enabled, thereby, to save one profit in his purchase of goods, which the customers of the Rock Bottom, in turn, save when they buy. This is a fact that should not be overlooked. One profit is a "big thing" these times, and an inspection of their goods and prices will convince the most skeptical. Another advantage is that they know just what they buy, and consequently, can warrant everything to be just as they represent them to be. They carry a large and complete stock of boots and shoes for men and boys, ladies' shoes of all grades and prices, and the best line of children's foot wear in the city. Also a well assorted line of hats and caps. All the latest and nobbiest styles can be seen at this store. They are constantly in receipt of new goods, and have added to their stock until it is now complete and not equaled in variety and quantity by any other house in the city, and they are not afraid to let the people know it or to invite inspection. With their long experience and unequaled facilities they can furnish a better class of goods and at less prices than anybody. Capt. J. M. Blair is connected with the Rock Bottom, and will take pleasure in catering to the wants of any of his many friends who may see fit to give him a call.
Next biography in the "Smiling Shelbyville" newspaper article, Samuel O'Connor.
Contributed by Jeanne Surber

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