About the Author: John C. Willard

JOHN WILLARD’s (1892-1976) contributions to his native community of
Wethersfield, Ct., were many, and included his work on the Historic
District Commission, Park Board, Recreation Committee, Cemetery
Association, Historic Foundation, and as the Tree Warden. ‘These
volunteer positions coincided with his work as an employee of Comstock,
Ferre & Co (1912-57), the nation’s oldest seed company in continuous

John Willard was Wethersfield’s most distinguished
modern historian. He was well known as an author and scholar but also
possessed the rare abilities of a master storyteller. He was a founding
member of the Wethersfield Historical Society in 1932, and served as
president from1939-42. He believed that “history is the story of

In 1971, Mr. Willard received an Award of Merritt from
the American Association for State and Local History for over 50 years
of service of the history of Wethersfield, Ct., and of early

(John Willard biography by Nora Howard, former Director Wethersfield Historical Society)

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