Dr. Edwin Gillette and his family lived for several years in West Windham. Close friends of the Andersons, the two families were frequently in contact. In 1922, Mrs. Anderson sent gifts to the Gillette children for Christmas. Dr. Gillette wrote Mrs. Anderson just a couple of days after Christmas to thank Mrs. Anderson for her thoughtfulness in sending the presents. According to his letter, William Gillette "was delighted with the clucking hens and barking dog," so much so that he "had to show every one how they worked"; these were presumably windup toys. Robert Gillette received a windup cat, and evidently loved it as his father wrote: "I think the cat must have been wound up and traveled miles in the past two days." Dr. Gillette concluded his letter with informing Mrs. Anderson that "the gifts, all but yours came from Santa Claus, but I have told the children that your presents were from their Grandmother."
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