Bruce Bidwell has written a delicious buffet of a book. His memoir,
starting with life here in the thirties and forties, is the main course
of Reflections and it is presented with side dishes of state and
local history, travelogues, biographies, philosophy and fishing lore.
All are invited to listen to his stories this afternoon. Today's presentation is cosponsored by the library and the Wintonbury Historical Society. Registration is appreciated.
My son, Christopher, requested that I write the
family history to preserve it for future generations. As
I told my personal story I realized how closely
Bidwell family history is interwoven with the history
of Connecticut. From my tenth generation ancestor
John Bidwell, who was one of the “proprietors” of
Hartford, to the early Backus and Bostwick families
who were founders of Norwich and Stratford, the
family is well represented in the founding of
Connecticut. Generations of Bidwell farmers worked
the soil in Wintonbury prior to my grandfather
F.C.Bidwell, who was active in the history of the town
and founded the Bidwell Hardware Company in
Hartford in 1901.
Bruce E. Bidwell September 14, 2019