At Barr Cabinet Shop
. . . at the meat of the matter . . .
was Ralph Shoemake,
from over on Horse Creek.
Ralph started working for Colonel Barr's dad, Felix Barr, just as he turned 25, 'long 'bout 1930. With Basil away in the army, and after his military retirement, in Raleigh serving on the state legislature, Ralph ran the shop for all those years after Felix died and before Basil finally, really retired, and started to be a regular in the shop.
Ralph commented to me unexpectedly one day
about the day Felix Barr died.
"It was cold. Getting ready to snow." he said.
"Mr. Barr, he'd been feeling poorly of the morning, but came back down after dinner. Were'nt long though, hour or so maybe, for he was feeling to weak to sit.
I had to help him up to the house - pret'n near carried him the last of the way, & he was a big man."
"He died that evening."
Ralph took his hat off to wipe his brow with his 'kerchief. Quietly shaking his head, he puts his hat on & turns back to some drawer he's fitting to a case.
Ralph cutting out half-blind pins on a drawer front