The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The A.B.C. Boot Depot (W. G. Linthorn and H. C. Evans, proprietors), Boot and Shoemakers and Importers, Devon Street, New Plymouth. This business was established in the year 1902, and was taken over by the present proprietors in 1905. The premises consist of a wood and iron building, which contains a double-fronted shop, a fitting room and workshop, with a plant including a solesewer, rollers and general machinery.
Mr. William G. Linthorn, of the A.B.C. Boot Depot, was born in the year 1871, in Bristol, England, where he was educated, and learned his trade under his father, who was a boot manufacturer. He came to New Zealand in 1905.
Mr. Henry Cave Evans, of the A.B.C. Boot Depot, was born in the year 1870, in Christchurch, where he was educated, and learned his trade. He was employed by the late Mr. W. Harris, and afterwards by Mr. A. H. Pannell. After a good many years' experience, he went to Taranaki, and took up farming. Some years afterwards he sold out, and went into the boot trade in Inglewood, for three years. After spending a winter in Christchurch he returned to Taranaki, and commenced business in Devon Street in 1902. Two years and six months later he was joined by Mr. W. G. Linthorn, and bought the A.B.C. Boot Depot, which had previously been conducted by Mr J. R. Chatterton. Mr. Evans has been connected with the volunteer movement for some time, was a member of the Christchurch College Cadets, and is sergeant in the Taranaki Guards.
Mr. Hal Goodacre, Sole Proprietor of the Egmont Boot and Shoe Company, was born in Derbyshire, England, educated at Leicester, where he thoroughly learned his trade, and was one of the six men chosen to proceed to Germany to start a factory on English principles. In 1874 he came to New Zealand by the ship “Assaye,” and landed in Auckland, where he remained two years, gaining colonial experience. He then established a business at Wanganui, where he remained some years, and was afterwards at Patea and Hawera for three years before he entered upon his present successful undertaking. Although a very busy man, Mr. Goodacre devotes a considerable share of his time to local matters, and has been for a long period a member of the New Plymouth school committee, president of the Horticultural Society; and he was first president of the Prohibition League, of which he is an active member. Mr. Goodacre is married, and has three sons and one daughter.
Jones, Frederick, Tanner, New Plymouth. Mr. Jones was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England. His brother, Mr. Benjamin Jones, was head leather dresser for Messrs Hallister, in Staffordshire, for over forty years. Mr. Jones came to New Zealand in 1872 from America, where he had been in the service of Mr. F. D. D. Cossett, leather manufacturer, of Chicago. He landed at Auckland, and entered the employment of Messrs Geddes Brothers, where he remained for seven years, when he took over the Frankley Road Tannery in New Plymouth, in conjunction with Messrs Christmas and J. C. George. A year later the partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Jones has since been in business on his own account. He is married, and has two sons and one daughter.
Mr. M. Ramson's Premises.