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Herbalist’s belongings auctioned despite widower’s protest


COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) — The estate of famed Connecticut herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons has auctioned off many her belongings, over the protest of her widower.

George Purtill, the court-appointed administrator of the estate, tells the Journal Inquirer newspaper that the July 27 auction at the famous Caprilands Herb Farm in Coventry resulted in the sale of about 500 items, bringing in about $20,000.

The auction was held a day after Vernon Superior Court Judge John Farley denied a motion from Simmons’ 81-year-old widower, Edward Cook, to stop it. Cook argues that many of the items were his personal property.

Simmons and Cook had been married for about four years when she died in 1997 at age 93.

Cook and the estate have been in a legal battle over Caprilands since 2017.


Information from: Journal Inquirer,

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