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S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Sharon (View posts)
Posted: 23 Jan 2000 5:13PM GMT
Any info, at all even if it seems unimportant ,PLEASE respond. I am looking for Mr.Wallace Pierce in particular but others also.My nana was his personal secretary for many years.I have several inportant documents and photo books from 1901-2 also a liquor permit from 1902 and several other items. It was a well known Company in Boston.My nana was Catherine(kay) V.McCormick -maiden name- Married name Catherine V.Connor .Thank you

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Deb (View posts)
Posted: 14 Jul 2003 2:08AM GMT
Classification: Query
My aunt Ella (Webber) was married to Mr. Watters who was an owner of S S Pierce, Co. in Brookline, MA.

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 8 Jul 2008 7:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Sharon,

I found your email and wanted to respond to you. I notice that your postng was eight years ago, I am not able to help you at this time in finding Mr. Wallace Pierce or any info. Hopefully, you have had some luck with this.

I am an oral historian and am collecting stories and information on this incredible company and woud like to correspond with you. Both my grandfather and father were truck drivers for S. S. Pierce, and my father became a dispatcher for them later.

Thank you,
Susan

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 10 Dec 2008 10:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pierce
Hi Sharon,

I just happened along ancestry.com - and I wanted to let you know that Wallace Pierce is the great-great grandfather of my husband.

His son Parkman Dexter Pierce is my husband's great-grandfather, and his grandfather is still with us, living on the Cape.

Sharon, I'd be happy to chat with you sometime if you ever see this response about Wallace Pierce, your family, and the former S.S. Pierce company.

Regards,

Courtney

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 14 Dec 2008 8:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
this may not be of any use to you, but i had stumbled across some antique wine glasses with the saying puritas et cura along with three lions on them. i do have them so if they are worth anything to me or to you please let me know

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 15 Dec 2008 8:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Courtney, Saw your posting, I'm a bit confused. I did work for the Co. in the sixties and was aware of Norman and Wallace P. One of them had a daughter I think her name was Melody, George Seybolt was her godfather and his daughter Nina had one of the brothers as a God father too. Nina from what I can gather is still down the Cape. I was interested in the "Epicure" label(brand)doing a bit of research over here in the UK. Can you tell me its origin in the USA?
I worked in Chestnut Hill, George Seybolt got me the interview back in 1964. Kind Regards
Brian.

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 15 Dec 2008 9:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Leah,

I just recently purchased a set of SS Pierce wine glasses online and have added them to our growing collection of SS Pierce antiques! I would love to have them - and would be willing to purchase them from you.

As far as what they are worth - they hold a lot of sentimental value to my husband's family and their history, but I'm afraid they aren't worth very much from an antique perspective. I paid less than $10 for a set of 6 glasses just in the past month. If you enjoy them you should hang on to them - but if you would like to sell them, I'd be happy to take them off your hands!

Best Regards,
Courtney

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 15 Dec 2008 9:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Brian,

The SS Pierce company originated in Boston Massachusetts - and SS Pierce's original Boston home still stands on Union Park Street in the South End. The Epicure Brand I belive also originated in Boston.

Wallace Pierce had 4-5 children, I believe, and one of his son's was my husband's great-grandfather. Unfortunately I only know my husband's lineage and don't know much about his great-grandfather's siblings or his great-grandfather's aunt and uncles.

Unfortunately I don't know who Nina is - but there may be some connection. How long did you work for the SS Pierce store? What was your job with them? I love hearing from people who have a connection with one of their stores!

Best regards,
Courtney

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 16 Dec 2008 12:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Courtney

I left the UK in October 1964 (green card). I had served an apprenticeship as a grocer and attended college to gain expertise in my trade. In a nut shell I was a bit of an expert. I was persuaded to come to the USA by my parents and George Seybolt. I arrived in October and stayed in Dedham Mass., in George's house.He had two daughters and two sons all at various stages in their education. Once I was settled George organised an interview for me with the head of personnel at SS Pierce. I was a bit green, only 20 yrs old, and didn't know much about the USA. I was offered "a start" at the Chestnuthill store but was told not to say anything to the manager about my connection to Seybolt and how I got the job as I would be suspected of being a "plant". The manager, Howard Shaw, spoke to me for five minutes, didn't understand a word I said about my qualifications, my accent probably made it really hard for him, he handed me a brush and said keep sweeping the floor. I was taken aback but since George got me the job and it was paying three times my UK salary I decided to give it a go- after all land of opportunity etc. I lasted three days, got bored, walked up to the large bank of cold counters , which were a mess and re-merchandised them. The assistant manager came up asked me why I was not sweeping, looked at the cold counters and before I could answer shot off to the other end of the store, dragged Howard Shaw back who asked me where I had learned to do that...had to be my accent..I just shook my head, he thought I was quiting so he offered me a dollar an hour more and put me in charge of the dairy counters- I had only just begun!! I ended up manageing all perishable goods in the store. I coudn't progress further without a college degree so sadly I left but on good terms. I made a lot of good friends and think of them often. Sadly too SS Pierce never really used more than 40% of what I was able to do as a grocer- I could have solved a number of the problems they had in distribution across the ten stores as well as the lack of training their managers had which ended up costing the business.I learned a lot too but one thing stuck. I used to talk to a guy "eddie".He stacked shelves but I found out he had a degree from Boston College. I made up my mind then that I would never do this type of work again, I would get that degree and move on to better things and returned to the UK in 1970. I learned a lot from the USA,for all its faults it had much to offer and still does-

SS Pierce stood for quality, right down to the very best canned products under the "epicure" label- where else could you get pineapple spears- no not Dole but the best in the world from South Africa- with the right soil conditions to produce fruit, properly packed in the right weight of syrup , when served just melted in your mouth! Dole was always too acidic due to the volcanic soil it grows in.

I have never shared this wee tale before so please forgive the ramble.

Kind Regards
Brian.

Re: S.S.Pierce Co.Boston,Ma.

Posted: 17 Dec 2008 3:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Brian,

Thank you for sharing your story with me - I enjoyed reading about your time spent working for the SS Pierce company! I shared your post with my husband and he enjoyed it as well. We appreciate you taking the time to jot down some of your memories about the company - We don't often talk to or meet people who have actually worked in one of the stores.

From what I've heard it was a great company and well respected brand in New England, but you're right that there were problems with the way it was managed, which ultimately led to it getting sold. My husband's grandfather helped manage the sale of the company to Seneca foods - but he doesn't speak too much about it other than agreeing that it could have been run better in the end.

Thank you again for sharing your story with me - it was very nice to hear! It sounds like you didn't stay in the food industry after you returned to the UK? I'm glad you have a nice memory of SS Pierce, even if you decided to pursue another path in your life.

take care,
Courtney
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