Following is one of the Biographies and Stories which where gathered by Charles Sumner McKamy in the 1950s for publication in a Crawford County History Book. Unfortunately he passed away before the book was published.

Sherbin Clinton Minnick, son of William A. Minnick and Frankie Bife Minnick, who served Robinson for the past thirty-eight years in the Shoe Repair business.

His father also worked as a Shoemaker, beginning his work in Robinson in the year 1877, when this kind of work was done by hand, using wooden pegs instead of tacks. He made boots and shoes for many people in Crawford County, among them were a pair of wedding boots for Judge Ausby L. Lowe. In that time many insisted on having goose quills being put in the soles of their boots and shoes to make them squeak, so their friends would notice they ad new boots; he was also a great hunter and often told his grandsons of shooting deer across for their home which was in woods in his youth.

Grandfather's name was John Minnick and Grandmother was Cynthia Patton, he coming to this vicinity at the age of four years with their family in the year 1832, being among the first coming from Pennsylvania.

There is an old cemetery, known as the "Minnick Cemetery" near Lamotte School where many of the older generation were buried.

At the age of three years I was left motherless and "Sherb" as I was then known was shifted among relatives until at the age of fourteen years I began making my way doing various jobs in the neighborhood. At the age of seventeen I entered the Shoe Shop at the present location of my shop which was then owned and operated by a brother Cass, who taught me the trade. In 1926 I purchased the shop when working hours were from seven A.M. to six P.M. and on Saturdays from seven A.M. to ten P.M., working sixty-four hours per week.

I married Della Grace Martens of Jasper County, Illinois and to them were born two sons, Max, the younger, after serving three and one-half years in World War II attended Butler College of Indiana and Loyola University of Chicago and he now has a position with Merchants Credit company of Chicago. The elder son, Maynard, upon his return from his service in World War II for three and one-half years, entered business with me. S.C. Minnick & Son today have one of the most modern Shoe Shops in southern Illinois where now the customers demand the squeaks be taken out of their shoes. Thus, the Minnicks have served Robinson and community in the Repair business from the days of the cobbler down to the present modern shop or around seventy-eight years.