When it came to finding high-quality boots, military officers knew they could count on the Teitzel-Jones Boot Co. of Wichita.
At the turn of the 20th century, a father-son team — Schuyler Jones Sr. and Jr. — operated the Teitzel-Jones Boot Co. in Wichita, which earned its reputation for boots in World War I and enhanced it in World War II.
During World War II, the company designed a battle boot specifically for the men in U.S. tanks.
The father opened a shoe store at 150 N. Main and then one on East Douglas.
Not long before World War I, the Jones shoe store merged with the operation of John Teitzel, a boot maker from Junction City. Teitzel made military boots and brought with him a huge list of customers from Fort Riley that proved to be a boon during World War I.
The company designed an aviator's boot for the U.S. Air Force in its earliest days as well as the boots for the first Kansas Highway Patrol.
After World War II, when the demand for military boots dropped off, the factory began making cowboy boots. By the mid-1950s, however, the bottom had fallen out of the market.
Bigger companies came along and produced in mass quantities boots that were cheaper, ultimately forcing the bootmaking firm to close.
Question: In 1925, Schuyler Jones Jr. married Ignace Mead, who was the daughter of an early developer of Wichita. What was her father’s name? Also, what was the name of the couple’s son? And what is he famous for?
Answer to Saturday’s question: Buffalo Jones tried crossing buffalo with cattle and named the offspring cattalo. Breeders today call that crossbreed beefalo.
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