After five years of meticulous research, thoughtful writing, and painstaking editing, my father, Joseph Crook Anderson II, has published a wonderful book on the Duttons of Glen Rock. It’s been a privilege along the way to hear his entertaining discoveries (such as the Samose ad on page 44 that teaches customers how to get fat) and his supplements to my great-grandmother’s anecdotes about Houghton & Dutton–the first large department store in Boston–wild family adventures and expenditures including dozens of transatlantic crossings, newspaper articles on the family’s happenings and whereabouts [definitely would have been featured in Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous], lavish properties with innumerable buildings, and countless other amusing and insightful episodes. I had no idea we had such an array of colorful ancestors, and I’m very grateful to my dad and great-grandmother for committing this great history to writing.
Since there are so many Dutton descendants around the world, Dad wants to ensure everyone is accounted for (while tightening up the family genealogy, of course), so, aside from showering Pops with praise, the comment section below is for submitting corrections and information on family members missing from the book. Also, if you want to request books, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with details, and please pass along the email address to anyone who might be interested. In addition, we plan to update this blog with photos, some that weren’t included in the book, so if you’d like to send us your own Dutton pictures, we’d be very happy to upload them here.
I hope to get a Facebook page up soon to increase connections–did you know your 8th cousin lived down the street from you?–but that will take a bit longer. In the meantime, you can “follow” the blog [see left column] to receive alerts on new posts, but first thing’s first: happy reading!