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Kahn's auctions

Posted By: William Brainard <>
Date: Thursday, 31 January 2002, at 9:50 a.m.

When I was a kid and we had the dairy here, a trip to North Franklin to the cow auction to sell calves was quite the thing. It meant getting out of farm chores for a few hours. The sale usually sold more than cows and calves. Ducks, geese, bunnies, fresh eggs, horses and ponies could also be had there. Jim Kahn ran the auction in those days with Bob Hendrickson the auctioneer. Sam Berkowitz later took over the business and when he left under questionable circumstances, Jim's daughter Carol Beckwith took over the auction and runs it to this day. In the late '60s, early '70s, there was a disastrous fire in the dairy barn and the whole thing had to be rebuilt. 


Posted By: William Brainard <>
Date: Tuesday, 5 February 2002, at 6:39 a.m.

In Response To: Kahn's auctions (William Brainard)

I understand that Mrs. Beckwith is retiring and ending the Wednesday cattle auctions, an eastern Ct. institution since the late 1940s. Did anyone see the article about it in the "Norwich Bulletin"?