38.36 – James Johnson, aka “Jimmy Johnson Squeesme”

What more can we say? James Johnson led a low-key life, only appearing in the newspapers when he died, but his reputation lived on.

His other appearance in print is on a page of the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Historical Almanack from 1896. Imagine a page appearing in your local newspaper detailing the names, nicknames, death dates, and causes of death of a bunch of local people who had died over the past 30 years. Imagine seeing a relative in there! It is a strange thing indeed. But that’s how we know what we know about James Johnson: he was a well-known hawker of pies, and his nickname was “Jimmy Johnson Squeesme”.

As we said…what more can we say?

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