Crites-Watson Office Supply
|Type||Miscellaneous Store Retailers|
|Founded||Wooster, Ohio (1955 )|
|Founder(s)||R. Clare Watson and Earl Crites|
|Headquarters||Wooster, Ohio, United States|
|Number of locations||220 E. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio|
|Area served||Wayne County, Ohio|
|Key people||R. Clare Watson; Earl Crites; Larry Watson; Russell Watson; Nevin Numbers|
- last 220 E. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691
- formerly 127 E. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691
- formerly 140 E. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691
- formerly 135 E. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691
- original 144 E. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691
- 264-3085, 263-7851
In 1955, R. Clare Watson and Earl Crites, two former employees of the City Book Store, formed a partnership to establish their own office supply store that would be known as Crites-Watson Office Supply. They established a store at 220 E. Liberty St. in Wooster, Ohio which later became part of the Daily Record building complex. As the business grew it became necessary to relocate to a bigger space at 135 E. Liberty St. This location later became the home of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association. The partners operated at this location until 1969 when they purchased and improved the building at 140 E. Liberty St.
In 1972, Clare Watson purchased Earl Crites' interest in the business and by 1974 had expanded the business to include a print shop and a larger office furniture and equipment showroom in the building across the street at 127 E. Liberty St., the former Crum Drug Store location. By 1983 the business needing even more space was moved to 144 E. Liberty St. to occupy the former Newberry building.
At the businesses height the company employed as many as 20 employees and served a four-county area with a complete line of office equipment and supplies. Two of R. Clare Watson's sons, Larry and Russell Watson, and a son-in-law Nevin Numbers were also involved in the business for a number of years.
- Wooster, Ohio Sesquicentennial Celebration, June 14-21, 1958, p. 103.
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- Wayne County History Book Committee, A History of Wayne County, Ohio, (Dallas, Texas: Taylor Pub. Co., 1987).