E.H. Stetson Shoe Company
1885 - 1973
South Weymouth, Massachusetts
The factory from Main Street in 1915
Stetson Shoe Company, Main Street, South Weymouth, Massachusetts – 1930s
(This is the factory to which The Original Banister Shoes production was relocated
from Newark, New Jersey. Here, Banister Shoes made by Stetson
began life anew from 1934 until 1972.)
541 Main St. Weymouth, Massachusetts: street view - July 2015
(Google Earth map)
ARTHUR CLIFTON HEALD
The fertile mine and energetic act, the constant will to do and versatility of deed - such rare endowment wrought results to make a memory and model for succeeding years.
EZRA HERSEY STETSON
This partnership was formed, made strong by mutual regard and trust - each the true opposite and joined in capable accord so that the praise of one echoes all action of significance.
First Stetson Shoe Co. Factory - Est. 1885
Stetson Medical Center now occupies the renovated
Stetson Shoe factory in South Weymouth, Massachusetts.
In the early 1930s (exact date unknown), Stetson Shoes purchased the James A. Banister Company. Three classic American companies were in operation during concurrent years - Banister Shoes, Stetson Shoes and Stetson Hats. Banister Shoes was founded by Isaac Banister (1845-1930). Its location was Newark, New Jersey. Stetson Shoes (1885-1973) was founded by Ezra Hersey Stetson and Arthur Clifton Heald. Its production was based in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. Stetson Hats (1865-1970) was founded by John B. (Batterson) Stetson Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
With the purchase by Stetson Shoes, Banister shoe production was relocated to South Weymouth, Massachusetts, where its building stands to this day. In the Massachusetts factory, Stetson produced its own brand of shoes as well, although not surprisingly, the Banister shoe line was of higher quality and sold at a more substantial price. Fortunately, both the final Banister “manufactory” on Orange Street in Newark, New Jersey, and the Stetson Shoe factory in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, have been preserved - to the great delight of many. It's no wonder Stetson chose to buy the James A. Banister Company for the latter's association with quality.
"Mr. E. H. Stetson will call on you."
HEARD ON THE STREET
May 19, 1934
May 19, 1934
The Stetson Shoe Company, Inc, of South Weymouth (Massachusetts) announces that it has purchased the lasts, patterns, good will, machinery and equipment of the James A. Banister Company of Newark, N J, makers of shoes for men since 1845.
The Stetson Shoe Company:
"The Last of the Giants: Sole Survivor of Over 100 Factories and Shops"
Excerpts from The Shoe Industry of Weymouth, 1933
Weymouth Historical Society:
The factory underwent several expansions.
This photo shows the Stetson Shoe factory in winter - 1920s.
As of 2019, occupancy of the former Stetson Shoe factory is being overseen by the:
(Their photos are shown below.)
A broader perspective - showing the Stetson Shoe factory in its heyday (exact date unknown) with the Weymouth Great Pond nearby.
Please click on Mr. Stetson's name or picture to go to his gravesite.
Above: Stetson Shoes delivery truck
~ Boston Library archives
"Recollections of Sixty Years in the Shoe Trade"
Written by Joel C. Page