R. Christensen was a son of Michigan. He knew that John Adams and
victories in the War of 1812 secured the territory for our young nation.
The landmark Northwest Ordinance of 1787 guaranteed freedom of
religion, trial by jury, public education and banishment of slavery as
asserted rights of its people. These principles were not achieved until
the Civil War, which coincidentally, served to be Wes’s lifelong
Wes graduated from Western Michigan University, where he
met his wife Jane, after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean
War. He came to Connecticut to work as an actuary at Aetna Life and
Casualty, his employer until retirement in 1992. Wethersfield became
home to Wes and Jane’s family.
A consummate professional, Wes was
equally committed to civic volunteerism – church, town governance,
public television, charities, and importantly to us, the Wethersfield
Historical Society. He served the society for well over a decade as
full-time volunteer. Wes was a man for all seasons, and a raconteur
known for his playful jibes and irascible charm. He answered research
requests, oversaw aspects of financial and business operations, served
as Old Academy receptionist, and became a colonial reenactor when
Civil War held primacy among Wes’s historical interests. Visiting every
major Civil War battlefield suited his love of travel. A description of
the Civil War experiences of the boys from Wethersfield was nearly
finished when illness intervened. His wish was that the story be told.