Business & Finance: Benedict Shoes

The great age of some of New England's family-owned industries has been often remarked. The passing of the "Benedict's Shoe Store" in recent weeks terminates a business which has been in the hands of the Benedict family of New Canaan, Conn., for 162 years. The business was started some time prior to 1762—the date of the first ledger entry on the Company's books-by one James Benedict, who started a shoe factory at New Canaan. Soon the "cordwainers" of New Canaan became nationally known for their fine products, and sold largely to the southern...

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