They hurried to the jewelry store. The clerks there weren’t very helpful, however. They wouldn’t let them try on diamond rings, or necklaces, or bracelets. They wouldn’t even let them handle the fat gold watches, with doves engraved on the sides, which looked so fashionable pinned to a shirtwaist. (Quote from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace)
There were two jewelry stores located on South Front Street near Tom Hart’s shoe store that the girls may have visited on their Christmas shopping trip, C.D. Taylor and W.R. Crandall.
Carlos D. Taylor established the C.D. Taylor Jewelry store on South Front Street. William Palmer was a clerk and apprentice for Taylor who worked to perfect his trade as master watchmaker. When Taylor died in 1905, William Palmer purchased the building, the entire stock of merchandise, remodeled and enlarged the store. Showcases of the finest glass were purchased to display merchandise. The interior of the store was refined and elegant while the stock comprised the largest line of exclusive jewelry in Mankato. In 1906, his brother Alfred Palmer, also a master watchmaker, joined the business. The store operated under the name Palmer Brothers – Exclusive Jewelers.
William R. Crandall established his jewelry store on South Front Street in 1901. Crandall’s was a three-generation jewelry business and closed in 1991. (from Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley by Julie Schrader)
There was also Martin & Hoerr’s jewelry store in which we learn about the brass bowl that Mrs. Ray wanted for Christmas, but this is for another story.