Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Paul Elliot Johansen, 84; Led Shoe Manufacturing Company

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Paul Elliot Johansen, 84; Led Shoe Manufacturing Company

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Paul Elliot Johansen, who once headed the oldest surviving shoe manufacturing company west of the Mississippi River, died Thursday (June 1, 1995) of leukemia at Surrey Place nursing home in Chesterfield. He had lived in Ladue until moving to Surrey Place in April. He was 84.

Mr. Johansen began working at Johansen Bros. Shoe Co., which was founded in 1876 by his great-grandfather and grandfather, while he was a student at Soldan High School in the 1930s.

Mr. Johansen served as president of the company from the 1950s until three years ago, when his son, Paul E. Johansen Jr., became president. The company has offices at 710 North Tucker Boulevard and a factory in Jonesboro, Ark.

Mr. Johansen ran the company in an era when many St. Louis shoe companies dissolved. A key to the Johansen company's survival was a catalog sales operation geared to women who wear hard-to-find sizes.

Mr. Johansen was adamant that Johansen shoes be made in this country and in a wide variety of sizes. …

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