Well, well! I'm Eric W (Bill) Danielson, grandson of Emil OJ Danielson who co-founded Scott's, and the son of Eric (obviously). At age 75, I'm getting around to doing genealogy research on my family, and googled Scott & Company Ltd, Boston for fun -- and was delighted to find this site!
I remember you, David Newton; Dad spoke of what a fine young guy you were, and was proud that you went on to Harvard. In fact you showed me and some buddies around Harvard, in the fall of 1957, I imagine it was. and I recall seeing you at Scott's. (I worked there in the summer of 1956, along with a friend of mine named Philip Bertocci.) I have so many memories from that summer, and from years before and (briefly) afterwards.
The clothes were beautiful, and distinctive. Dad claimed that my grandfather "invented" the two-button suit coat. I remember dad watching the TV news one night and noticing that Speaker of the House Joseph Martin was wearing a Scott's suit. Two of the Brinks robbers were regular customers (shoes, mostly). They knew quality!
You're right about the late history, David. Dad and gramps saw the handwriting on the wall and sold the store to the Berman family in 1959 or so. The store folded couple of years later. My grandfather died in 1960, and Dad went to Springfield where he worked at Haynes and Co, a Hart Schaffner and Marx store, until 1967 when he retired. Dad died in 1973.
i can remember many of the people who worked at Scott's, from Lloyd who managed the archaic elevator and Miss Cannon who sold neckties, to the flock of salesmen,( Misters O'Neill, Sullivan, .the fellow who was a professional baseball catcher . .) fitters (Mr. Carlson . . .) , and so on. They were always very kind to me, -- naturally ! -- being the boss's son and grandson!
I have a roll of Scott & Company labels, kept for old times' sake. Nice the the one posted in this forum! But mostly it’s been so heartwarming to read the kind recollections you all have about Scott’s. Thank you all so very much!