Williams' Book Store
Williams' was founded by Edward Thorpe "E.T." Williams, an immigrant from Wales who had previously owned a book store in Wales and, subsequently, London. When Williams died in 1940, his eldest daughter, Ethel Williams-Smith, took over the business. She sold the business forty years later to long-time employee Anne Gusha and her son, Jerry; Gusha had first set foot in the store at age 8, in the 1930s, and later became an employee, working part-time initially while in college. Patrons included Charles Bukowski—a regular, according to Gusha—and actor Charles Laughton.
100th anniversary celebration
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