In 1927 three brothers moved to Washington, DC from North Carolina, where they apprenticed under a Swiss Watchmaker, in the old YMCA, later opening a business in 1932 known as Compton Brothers. They were watchmakers to several presidents, congressmen, and senators, and maintained clocks in the U.S. Capitol. They also owned a farm in Loudoun County, VA, where they produced wheat and later sod that was used at the Arlington National Cemetery.
As the years followed, two of the brothers went out on their own. The brother that remained brought in his son, and taught him watch and clock repairs.
In 1966, the YMCA building and school closed, and Compton Brothers moved across the street to the newly built Mills Building. They were the second tenants to be in the building. The name changed to Compton Jewelers, Inc.
As the years grew, a third generation started working at the family store. One as a master Rolex watchmaker, my brother Craig, and myself, Mr. Compton's daughter. I'm reaching out today because as of a few weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that the Mills Building will be going under construction, adding three more levels and a larger perimeter. No leases will be renewed on the ground level, instead one large lobby will be in it's place.
In order to continue the legacy of my grandfather and father, I'm reaching out to all my wonderful friends and customers to help fulfill this move. I want to stay in the neighborhood. The cost to leave here and move is beyond my expectations and I need your help. I'm hoping you can open your hearts, as I have opened mine through the years of service to you, to contribute to the moving of our store and not close the doors.
I'm in need of approximately $80,000 or more for this Legacy to move on. It has been very tough all over in the retail industry. I don't want to have to close Compton's doors. I have brought on the fourth generation, my son Cameron, who is being trained by my 87 year old father. My daughter Morgan, who has been sending out all the emails to you in the past years, will be joining us.
If you can open your hearts, please donate on here, or send a check to Compton Jewelers, 1709 G Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20006. This will go toward everything to move on and to continue your services of beautiful jewelry and fine repairs.
Thank you with all my heart,
- Linda Long
- Bo KRUKOWSKI
- Dr. Richard Southby