Due to its prime location on the Charles River, Watertown has been a center of industry since its founding. The long list of businesses with operations in Watertown over the years includes Aetna Mills, Lewando’s French Dyers and Cleaners, Stanley Motor Carriage Company (birthplace of the Stanley Steamer), Gorin’s Department Store, Walker & Pratt, United-American Soda Fountain, the Barry Wright Company, Watertown Savings Bank, Star Market, Sasaki Associates, and athenahealth.
Sterling Elliott Local entrepreneur Sterling Elliott registered dozens of patents. His most successful invention, an automatic addressing machine, became the signature product of the Elliott Addressing Machine Company. The Story of a Father and Son, or “Unscrewing the Inscrutable” is a 1941 company brochure that doubles as a history of the Elliott family and business.
Watertown Savings Bank Another digitized brochure comes from the Watertown Savings Bank, whose 1948 Historic Watertown’s Oldest Bank lists the officers, trustees, and statement of conditions from that year, and includes a brief history of the Coolidge Tavern.