Source: The Manchester Republican, September 7, 1872

John L. Cowgill is storing about four car loads of boots & shoes in one end of his new brick room on the South side of Main street, while the painters are "finishing up." Look out for his adv's. and posters.

Source: The Manchester Republican, June 19, 1873


In the year 1850, J.L. Cowgill commenced the manufacture of boots and shoes in this place, and with the exception of a few years he was in California he has been in the business ever since. He has carried on longer than any other man now engaged in the trade here. He has a neat two story brick business house 17 by 60 feet. The upper story he occupies for a work shop in which four men earn their daily bread by the sweat of their brows. Jesse White, the oldest man among them, has honored the bench since 1812, and he can yet see to "thread a bristle" without specks. He has his second sight. The lower room is nicely fitted up for a sale room. Beside his own manufacture he keeps a well selected stock of the better grades of eastern work, as well as a good assortment of leather for the retail trade. Mr. Cowgill has an interest in the Manchester Tannery, over which Mr. Benjamin Cowgill is the presiding genius. They pay the market price, in cash or goods for hides at all times, for their own use, but we suppose most any man could get his hide tanned there on reasonable terms.

Source: The Manchester Republican, February 12, 1874

J.L COWGILL, manufacturer and dealer in boots and shoes has been established in Manchester for the past 24 years (excepting a short time in Cal.), and is one of the oldest business men in the place. Commencing here at an early day with a small custom shop. Today we find him at the head of a large and finely appointed boot and shoe store, one that will compare favorably with those of our larger cities. His stock of ready made goods is very large, the largest by far in this place, and from the very best manufacturies in the country. He is also doing the leading custom business employing several men in this department. Mr. C. is well and favorably known to the public as a straightforward, upright citizen, and he has built up an enterprise here a credit to himself and an ornament to the town.

Source: North Manchester Journal, March 8, 1883

DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP.--The old firm of J. Cowgill & Long Credit has this day dissolved partnership, and all persons knowing themselves indebted to them will call and settle immediately, by cash or note. The books will be found at the old firm of J.L. COWGILL.

Source: North Manchester Journal, May 2, 1907

Let Me Mend Your Soles
I need your work; let me do it.
It will be done right. I do all kinds of repairing.
 J.L. COWGILL - The Old Reliable Shoemaker
West Basement Ulrey Block Entrance on Walnut Street