Pictured above is David H . Beard at work in his shoe repair shop on North Gaither Street off the town square in Fulton. The scene was photographed probably during the late 1920’s or early 1930’s.
David Haygood Beard was born in Tishomingo County on August 1, 1884, the son of J.B. and Sarah A. Beard. During the early 1920’s Fulton saw its largest boom in growth and prosperity until that time due to the timber industry being developed. At that time several saw mills opened in Fulton creating many new jobs for Itawamba County. The Fulton Shoe Repair Shop was one of the new businesses that opened during this economic boom of the early 1920’s.
The Fulton Shoe Repair Shop was a Fulton landmark for many years under different ownerships displaying the slogan “We Don’t Preach But We Save Soles” and generations of Itawamba County residents had their shoes repaired in this little shop.