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Making Amends

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MAKING AMENDS

IN THE LATE NINETEEN NINETYS THE CLAYTON FAMILY RECEIVED A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE

‘CLAYTONS OF DORSET’.  THE LETTER WAS FROM AN EIGHTY YEAR OLD GENTLEMAN WHO WAS

FROM NEW YORK STATE.  THIS MAN HAD ATTENDED CAMP OTTER ON OTTER LAKE NEAR

DORSET IN THE MID NINETEEN THIRTYS.  THE LETTER STATED THAT HE HAD STOLEN SOME

CHOCOLATE BARS FROM THE CLAYTON FAMILY GENERAL STORE WHILE HIS TEENAGE FRIENDS

HAD KEPT D.W. CLAYTON BUSY IN THE BACK OF THE STORE.  FOR SIXTY OR MORE YEARS HE

HAD FELT BADLY ABOUT THIS.  THUS THE LETTER OF APOLOGY AND HE ENCLOSED A CHEQUE

FOR TWENTY DOLLARS TO COVER  HIS THEFT.  HE WANTED TO FINISH HIS LIFE WITH A CLEAR

CONSCIENCE.

YOU CAN STOP IN AT THE DORSET HERITAGE MUSEUM TO VISIT OUR ‘GENERAL STORE’ EXHIBIT

AND VIEW PICTURES AND ARTIFACTS OF CLAYTON’S STORE IN THE EARLY DAYS.  THE MUSEUM

ALSO HAS AN EXHIBIT FEATURING AREA CAMPS, ONE OF WHICH IS CAMP OTTER.

Camp Otter-lake-from-sandy-beach 2014

Camp Otter view from their beach looking out on Otter Lake

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