Faxon Atherton of local fame went to Chile about 1840 to seek his fortune, which he did in a big way and married Senorita Domininga De Goni, a member of one of the patrician old families of Chile. They built homes in Menlo Park and San Francisco and had seven children.
Now we are setting out to build a notable, architecturally designed Town Center and some residents propose to designate this decrepit eyesore as a historic relic and move it or a copy of it, to a site adjacent to our gracious Old Schoolhouse. Consider that the cottage is not original and even has inside plumbing.
In my opinion the cottage should be demolished and memorialized with a bronze plaque as has been done with several more notable structures in town. Above all, if the cottage does become a "historic monument" please don't turn it into a toilet, as some have suggested.
(The above was published as a letter to the editor in the Almanac's May 2 print edition.)
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