Kimbrough's Cobbler Shop 1926-1959
Located on First Street South of Lake, was Dennis Kimbrough's shoe repair shop. He was the only cobbler on the Peninsula until he retired in 1959. As an active member of the community, he was a member of the American Legion, served with the volunteer Ilwaco Fire Department for 21 years, and was involved with the Ilwaco Chamber of Commerce and Presbyterian Church.
Dennis Kimbrough seen in the back working on a shoe while an unknown customer waits.
Kimbrough served in the Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years. He is seen here second from the left.
Kimbrough served in the Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years. He is seen here third from the right in 1945.
Kimbrough served in the Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years. He is seen here on a Christmas card from the department, second from right, back row.
Kimbrough can be seen here with the volunteer Ilwaco Fire Department, 1st on the right.
Backstory and Context
Dennis Harrison Kimbrough, known around here as “Kim,” was born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1896. During WWI he served in the Army as part of the 65th Pioneer Infantry and was honorably discharged in 1918. He came to Ilwaco and set up business as a cobbler in 1926. The shoe repair shop was on First Street, just south of Lake Street, on the east side of the street. His shop was adjacent to what is now the Museum’s parking lot. Mr. Kimbrough was the peninsula’s only cobbler for 33 years. He was forced to retire in 1959 when he was stricken with muscular dystrophy. He entered the State Soldier’s Home and Colony at Orting, WA, and two months later was transferred to Vancouver for special hospital care. He passed away in January of 1960. He is still remembered today for his friendly personality and his community involvement.
CPHM Research Files, Nancy Holmes Research;
Longview Daily News;
The Tribune – Jan. 29, 1960, Obituary.
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