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Penitientiary Boot and Shoe Store

According to his death registration, Joseph Cressall died on May 29th, 1877 at the age of 32 years succumbing to consumption from which he had been suffering for two years. The London Advertiser reported that Joseph died on Monday May 28th at the age of 31 or 34 after a most trying illness of six weeks, borne with exemplary patience and Christian fortitude.  His funeral was from his late residence at the corner of Dundas and Elizabeth streets in East London at 3 pm. on Thursday May 31st and he was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.  Joseph actually lived on Murray Street (now Queens Avenue) between Adeliade and elizabeth streets.  Suffering from a pulmonary complaint, it had been Joseph's custom for some time to spend his winters in Florida.  The London Free Press reported that Joseph died on the forenoon of May 30th at his residence in East London at the age of 34.  For years past, Mr. Cressall had suffered from a chronic affection [infection] of the lungs, which necessitated him seeking a warmer climate during the winter months than could be procured in Canada.  The disease appeared to have become deep-rooted and resulted in his death.  

Joseph was first listed in the 1868-69 city directory as the manager of the Geo. Offord & Co., contractors for  the Penitentiary Boot and Shoe Store, south side of Dundas Street between Market Lane and Talbot Street.  In 1875, the boot and shoe store was listed at 123 Dundas Street.  As a point of interest, there were other penitentiary boot and shoe stores in centres across Ontario including Belleville, Bowmanville, Elora, Galt (now Cambridge), Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Lindsay and Waterloo.     

Penitentiary Boot and Shoe Store