1308 – 1320 East Main Street
Built, before 1891
Stephen Putney was not the only game in town.
The Wingo, Ellett & Crump Shoe Company, of 1308 Main Street, is a jobbing house originally established as a partnership in 1870, and chartered as a corporation in 1891, with $150,000 capital stock. It has ten men on the road, selling everywhere that Richmond has trade, and its aggregate business is something like $500,000 a year.
It has an experienced management. C. E. Wingo, who is a director also in the Citizens Bank, and a man of experience in the financial concerns of various local enterprises, is its president and general manager; J. D. Crump, president of the Alderson Brown-Stone Company, and an active man in other local business projects, is its secretary and treasurer.
The directors, besides these, are John S. Ellett, president of the State Bank of Richmond; John R. Cary, wholesale grocer; and A. W. Hankins, who is general travelling man for the firm. These are names, all of them, accorded recognition in the business community here as those of enterprising, clever and successful businessmen.
Mr. Crump, of this company, is chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Committee on Advertising. He bring to that position a ripe judgement and progressive spirit. The house, of course, has membership in that body. [RVCJ93]
The postcard above notes a presence in both Richmond and Manchester, and in Old Manchester & Its Environs, Benjamin Weisiger III places the factory between Second and Third Streets on Hull.
Sanborn Insurance maps come to the rescue once again, identifying the location where it is still standing today – converted for residential use.
(Wingo, Ellett, & Crump is part of the Atlas RVA Project)
- [RVCJ93] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. Both 1893.
- [RVCJ03] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. Both 1903.
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