The village of Endicott is preparing to mark the 100th birthday of the arch built by Endicott Johnson shoemakers to honor company founder George F. Johnson.

The "Square Deal" arch on East Main Street and a similar structure at the Johnson City-Binghamton line were dedicated on Labor Day 1920. The arches were designed by Binghamton architect Truman Isaac Lacey.

Johnson became well-known for his generous labor policies and his contributions - including several carousels - to the communities where his factories were located.

Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson is planning a low-key event to observe the centennial of the village arch.

An inscription at the top of the arch on East Main Street in Endicott. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Jackson said the event will be held on October 8.

The Endicott arch was dismantled in early 1995 as part of a traffic improvement project. It was rebuilt several months later with additional pieces to widen the structure by 14 feet.

Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie said his village has delayed a centennial observance for its arch until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Johnson City "Square Deal" arch on September 28, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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