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Edwin Irvin Scott

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Obituary #1:

Scott, Native of Greenfield, Dies in Pennsylvania
Founder of Scott Paper Company Born in Saratoga County.

Swarthmore, PA., April 25 [1931] - E. Ervin Scott, founder and chairman of the board of directors of the Scott Paper company, Chester, is dead at his home here.  He was 85.

Mr. Scott retired from active participation in the firm ten years ago, but remained as chairman until his death.  He was stricken with heart disease and died suddenly yesterday.  Mr. Scott was born in the town of Greenfield, Saratoga county, N. Y., and entered business in Philadelphia when 21 years old with [h]is brother, T. Seymour Scott.


Mr. Scott was a member of a well known Saratoga county family.  Leaving the homestead at Greenfield more than half a century ago, he established a widely known and highly prosperous paper company in Philadelphia.   Until the last few years he had retained active management of the company.

Of recent years he has been spending the winter in St. Petersburg, Fla.  This winter, for the first time, he showed signs of failing health.   Leaving the south on April 15 he and Mrs. Scott went directly to their home at Swarthmore, expecting Mr. Scott's sister, Mrs. Herbert Waring and Mr. Waring of this city, to join them within a few days.  Friends here believe t[h]at Mr. and Mrs. Waring are now at Swarthmore.

Mr. Scott was the last survivor of the brothers who went to Philadelphia.  His only survivor, in addition to his sister and his widow is a daughter, Mrs. Owen Moon, Jr., of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Last year it was announced that Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Moon had made gifts aggregating $85,000 for the establishment of a fund for a memorial garden at Swarthmore college in memory of Mr. Scott's son, Arthur Hoyt Scott, who [w]as a nationally known amateur horticulturist.

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Obituary #2:

E. Irvin Scott

Funeral services for E. Irvin Scott, a native of Greenfield, and founder and chairman of the board of the Scott Paper company, were held yesterday at the late residence, 214 Elm street, Swarthmore, Pa.

Mr. Scott died Friday at Swarthmore at the age of 85.   His sister, Mrs. Herbert Waring, and Mr. Waring of this city, reached Swarthmore from St. Petersburg, Fla., before his death.  Private burial was made in Swarthmore.

As stated in The Saratogian Saturday Mr. Scott was born in Greenfield.  At 21 he began business with his brother, T. Seymour Scott, under the firm name of Seymour Scott & Bro., at 520 Commerce street, Philadelphia.  Twelve years later, in 1897, the business was reorganized and, with another brother, Clarence W. Scott, he founded Scott Paper company, Ltd., now Scott Paper company, Ltd., now Scott Paper com- the active participation in the business in 1921 but continued to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

Mr. Scott was a charter member of the Manufacturers club and charter member and director of the Keystone Automobile club.  He was active in the civic affairs of Swarthmore, where he had made his home many years.  He served in borough council and at one time was burgess of Swarthmore.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fanny M. Scott, and a sister, Mrs. Herbert Waring, of Saratoga Springs.  Of Mr. Scott's two children by an earlier marriage, Mrs. Owen Moon, of Winston-Salem, N.C., survives, but Arthur Hoyt Scott, a former president of the Scott Paper company, died in February, 1927.  His granddaughter Mrs. Exton P. Guckes (daughter of Arthur Hoyt Scott), and her two daughters, Mrs. Scott's great-grandchileren, also survive him.

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