SCOTT, HARRY M. The name of the popular young mail order merchant
of Railroad street is becoming almost a household word in this section.
Mr. Scott brings to his work the advantages of a favorable heredity and
environment. His father, N. M. Scott, is a veteran and prosperous merchant
at Barton, and his mother was Elvira Bean, formerly of Glover.
Harry was born in Glover in 1866, the youngest son of a family of
seven children. Educated in the public schools of Glover and Barton, he
enjoyed an early and excellent mercantile training in his father's store
at Barton, and remained at home until he was twenty-two years of age.
He located in trade at St. Johnsbury Center about 1890, and soon
after built the store now occupied by M. D. Park, and remained in trade
there nearly four years.
Later he came to St. Johnsbury and bought the meat business of Sylvester
& Gray, which he conducted two years. He then varied his mercantile
experience by nearly six years' service as a clerk in the clothing store
of his brother, A. W. Scott.
In 1901 he began the mail order merchandise business, on a small
scale, doing nearly all of the work himself. Buying in bulk for spot cash,
and selling for cash, he is able by careful management to quote nearly
wholesale prices for his customers.
Mr. Scott takes in farmers' produce of all kinds at current rates,
and not only conducts a large local trade, but ships goods to all parts
of this section within a radius of fifty miles on mail orders.
He is the pioneer in this unique system of trade. In 1892, H. M.
Scott married Abbie A. Hoyt of St. Johnsbury. Their two children are Marion
E. and Merritt H. Scott.
Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical
Publishing Company, 1904, page 117.
by Tom Dunn, September 2005