FOLSOM, ANDREW. As a locomotive engineer and hotel man, Andrew Folsom
has a wide circle of acquaintances and friends. He was born in Barton,
Vt., forty years ago, the eldest son of the seven children of James and
Elizabeth (MORGAN) FOLSOM.
Orphaned at eight years of age by his father's death, he was put
out to service with a farmer in Sutton, where he received only limited
common school advantages but learned to “hoe his own row” in life. Naturally
active and ingenious, at fifteen years of age he began to learn the trade
of stationary engineer, which he followed about five years, when he entered
the employ of the St. J. & L. C. R. R., first as fireman, and two years
later became locomotive engineer, which position he has filled since. In
1902 he leased the Avenue House for one year. In January, 1903, he leased
the Union House, which he is still conducting. The Union House is a handsome
modern hotel on Railroad street, within two minutes walk of the railroad
station. With neat, cozy rooms, steam heat, electric lights and excellent
table, the house is well patronized by those who appreciate good service
and a quiet home-like stopping place at moderate rates, as well as by the
numerous friends of the genial proprietor.
Mr. FOLSOM also owns a hall interest in a farm at Bar Harbor, Me.,
near the famous fishing grounds of Frenchmen's bay, where his family spends
a portion of the summer.
Andrew FOLSOM married Estella, daughter of H. R. and Dorcas N. PRATT
of Concord, Vt., in 1885. They have one son, Henry A. Mr. FOLSOM is a member
of Moose River lodge, No. 82, F. & A. M., also of Haswell chapter,
Caledonia council, Palestine commandery, and Mount Sinai temple.
Source: Successful Vermonters,
William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company,
1904, page 38-39.
by Tom Dunn January 2003