Clarence Miller wore a prosthetic leg. It weighed something near 25 pounds, with an open harness and a strap extending up over his shoulder to help him disperse the burden. A one-legged man might not be the obvious choice to run a shoe store. But when you consider the discomfort of that wooden leg and how Clarence’s remaining foot came to bear more than its share of his weight, you can see why a careful, comfortable fit became his life’s work.
That work is Miller’s Boots and Shoes, a historic Butte shop seeking a new owner to keep that legacy alive in the 21st century.
Clarence Miller was born in Iowa in 1893 and knew leather — his father was a harness maker.
He lost his leg two inches below the knee due to an infection when he was 16.
“It never kept him from doing anything,” recalled his daughter, Linda McElroy. “If he had a problem, he wouldn’t go to a doctor — he’d just take his leg off and make adjustments.”
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