WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
St. George, Utah
LOCATION41 N. Main Street
St. George, Utah 84770
Telephone ORchard 3-2471 in the 1958 telephone book (McArthur Jewelers)
Telephone ORchard 3-2471 in the 1961 telephone book (McArthur Jewelers)
Telephone 673-2471 in the 1972 telephone book (McArthur Jewelers)
HISTORYThe idea of McArthur Jewelers was born when World War II had just ended and Tom McArthur was stationed in northern Italy. He went on leave to Switzerland where the clocks and watches intrigued him. He decided to pursue a career in selling and servicing watches and clocks.
Upon Tom's return from the war, he enrolled in a watchmaker's school in Sacramento, California using the "GI Bill". After graduation, he began working for Steadman Jewelers in Murray, Utah.
In 1950, Tom P. & Fae Dalton McArthur moved their little family down to St. George, their home town. They opened McArthur Jewelers on May 4, 1950. The location was on Main street next to the Dixie movie theatre because, he thought, "the people will leave the movie theatre holding hands, they will see my diamond rings tempting them, and she will let him know the one she wants." The store has been at that same location ever since.
The store grew and changed over the years. In 1968 a major addition and remodel added more than double the space.
In 2007, another remodel took out all of the old cases and interior. They put in custom-made wood cases, shadow boxes along the walls, stairs, and a ramp.
Three generations of family have worked at the store. In 1972, Tom & Fae's son, Tom Jr., came on full time moving down from BYU. His dad asked him to come help just for the summer, and as Tom Jr. said, "the summer never ended." In 1983, Tom Jr. and his wife, Allison, contracted to purchase the business and building from the "folks" taking the business to the 2nd generation. Their daughters, Keena, Megan, and Malea now work in the business.
Wadsworth and McArthur Buildings in the early 2000s
Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-01553 Advertisement for McArthur Jewelers
WCHS-01556 Photo of an old display case at McArthur Jewelers
WCHS-01557 Photo of an old display case at McArthur Jewelers
WCHS-01558 Photo of an old display case at McArthur Jewelers
REFERENCESHistory of McArthur Jewelers