Following up a bit on the last entry, as the second item noted, the real sin may have been that Ms. Johnson was a woman appearing barefoot in public. (Ironic aside: and we all know that, back then, if a woman was barefoot, she should be at home . . . and pregnant.) That point is emphasized by the following story, also from the early 1900s, in the Akron Daily Democrat, August 30, 1902, p. 5:
GYPSIES ORDERED OUT OF TOWN
Barberton, Aug. 30—A gang of Spanish gypsies took the Magic City by storm Thursday, and for a half hour, were busy as bees plying their trade of fortune telling when they were sent out of town by the police officers and threatened with incarceration in the Posey House, should they venture to return. They presented a shocking appearance, some of the women being barefooted.
Yes, seeing women barefooted was considered “shocking.” What? Were women’s feet so much different than men’s feet? Did they have little tiny boobs on them that had to be covered?
Interestingly, these days it appears that women are not harassed for going barefoot in public as much as men are. Barefoot women (particularly younger women) are considered “cute,” while barefoot men are considered . . . odd.