Another great watch find story with a terrific ending!
When I see or buy a watch with a private label, I try to discover as much as possible about the store where the watch came from. The challenge of finding out the watch's history has been greatly helped by the internet search systems!
I bought the following watch from a good friend of mine. It is an 18 size Hamilton, Grade 926, 17 Jewels, serial number 238025, ca. 1903.
Using the information found on the watch dial and movement I did a GOOGLE SEARCH and was pleasantly surprised that the GOODHUE JEWELRY store in Fort Fairfield Maine is still in business as a gift shop. I called the listed phone number and spoke with Pat Welch, who is the current owner of the establishment. Pat was very helpful by telling me a little about the store's history. She also told me that she would put me in contact with the great-grandson of the original owner, as he would surely have more information about the store. Shortly thereafter, I did receive a phone call from this very surprised great-grandson who eagerly shared all of the history about this store. He mailed me the following picture of the store and the newspaper clipping with all of the store's history as of September 25, 1974. Just take a look at all of those glass display cases, and imagine what merchandise they might hold!!
In 1993 or 1994 the original store was destroyed by a fire, but relocated to a smaller building across the street, where it stands today as a gift shop, under the name of GOODHUE JEWELRY.
Now for the best part of this story!
It seemed only proper that this watch should belong to the Goodhue family legacy. I offered it to the great-grandson for exactly what I had invested into the watch. The offer was accepted. Seems that the great-grandson now has two grandsons of his own. A while back, he located one of these private label watches with the GOODHUE SPECIAL name for one of these grandsons, and he now has a matching watch for the other!!
Please take a moment and read the newspaper clipping for the store's history.
The following pictures are of the store interior and of the watch.