Seth Thomas Clock Company. The "Umbria." 15 day runner. Installed in Bridgewater, Mass. presentation plaque.

The clock described here was originally purchased for Edward Herman Keith in 1903 by George E. Keith (relationship currently unknown).

Edward was born in West Bridgewater, MA on October 23, 1859 and died in Brockton, MA on December 10, 1859. He started his working career as a shoe cutter. He soon moved into politics and served on the Republican Town committee. He was on the Legislature that petitioned for the annexing of West Bridgewater to Brockton. He served as president of Campello Co=operative Bank. Severed in the MA State legislature, liquor law committee, and was voted the 14th mayor to serve the city of Brockton. George Eldon Keith was a son of the Franklin and Betsey (Bailey) Keith. He was born February 8, 1850, in North Bridgewater, now Brockton. George E. Keith was the founder of George E. Keith Company which became Walk-Over Shoes. Walk-Over Shoes became one of the largest shoe companies in Brockton, Massachusetts. The city of Brockton was at the time known as the “Shoe City.” Walk -Over Shoes had progressive employee policies. The five story factory building was built with a infirmary. It also included a bowling alley and a gymnasium in the basement and a full kitchen for employees. This clock was presented to Edward Herman Keith in 1903 by GeorgeE. Keith. It may have been a congratulatory gift for his winning the position of Mayor in that year. George is listed as the foreman of factory Number 2. postcards views of this shoe factory accompany this clock. Other contributors are listed include Ezra Damon, Gang room, A. Everett Cushing, Stitching room., Archie H. Doten Cutting room., Webster Fitton, Dressing room., William Rollins, Finishing room and G. Herbert Oliver, Heel room. This information in presentation form accompanies the Umbria wall clock on this page.


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