Books Connecticut Clockmakers
“By God the kids today don't realize how such variety they've got to pick from for amusement. When I was a youngster we didn't have much. There wasn't even many books. Now they got books and radios and moving pictures and toy autos and airplanes and scooters and God knows what all.
“They didn't even hare a library here when I was a boy. Had the first one in the court room, where the old post office used to be. Seth Thomas, down in New York, he donated bookcases for it --long black walnut cases running the length of the room.
“Then Laura Andrews -- she married a Thomas -- donated the money for the public library building. She was a sister to Randal T. Andrews, used to run the little shop up on Grand Street, lemme show you where it was.
Mr. Botsford brings out a large, rolled nap of ‘Plymouth Hollow', (now Thomaston) dated 1855, and points out the Andrews house.
“There's a story connected with this map. I bought it at the auction of Miles Morsess property. The auctioneer held it up and he says, “How much am I bid?' Somebody says, ‘Ten cents for the lot --'there was three of them -- ‘and I says, ‘A quarter.’ That finished the bidding and I got the maps.
“Well, a little while after that I gets a letter from George Larimer -- he used to be a lawyer here in town, and he was at that auction. Letter asks could he borrow one of those maps to settle a dispute over land boundaries.