Bertram L Willard

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BERTRAM L. WILLARD, closely associated with the building interests of Armstrong county as a contractor and builder, and one of the public-spirited citizens of Kittanning, was born in this city, April 26, 1875, son of Smith and Elizabeth Willard.

Smith Willard had three children: Bertram L.; Pearl, wife of W. G. Stephens; and Alma, wife of R. J. Kennedy.

Bertram L. Willard was educated at the Kittanning public schools, and when only seventeen years old was apprenticed to the carpenter´┐Żs trade. After finishing his apprenticeship he worked as a journeyman for a period of twelve years, during this time being employed by various contractors, and thus familiarizing himself with every detail of the work and becoming qualified to go into business for himself. This he did in 1907, and has met with marked success. He is also an expert patternmaker, and specializes on making patterns for small castings in his shop. Progressive and modern in all his methods, he has carried them through to successful completion. Fraternally he belongs to Blue Lodge No. 244, F. & A. M.; Orient Chapter, No. 247, R. A. M., and has taken the Consistory degrees. He also belongs to the Odd Fellows, being a past grand in that order, as he has filled all the chairs. In addition he is a member of the grand lodge, representing his local lodge in that body. His religious connections are with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is a consistent member.

Source: Page 929, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Jeffrey Bish for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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