In June, 1870, Ward married Elizabeth Craig Potter, daughter of Jonathan Wolverton
and Gertrude Craig Potter, residents of Bloomfield. There have been four children:
1. Gertrude Frances, born April 9, 1871; died in infancy.
2. Laura Pendleton, born May 11, 1873. Laura was in attendance at Wellesley
College, 1890 to 1893, when she was obliged to leave on account of ill health. She has made
a specialty of music, piano and organ, since that time.
3. Gertrude, born October 16, 1875. Gertrude was at Wellesley, 1893-94; at
Columbia, 1895-95, and after a four years' course in medicine received the degree of M.D.,
in 1900, from Cornell University, taking the second honor. She is practicing medicine in her
4. Wilbur, born January 4, 1879. Was graduated at Williams in 1900, and entered
the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, October, 1900, where he is
pursuing his medical studies.
The positions of trust and responsibility held by our classmate are a testimony to the
honor in which he is held among his own people. He has served for seven consecutive years
as church trustee of the Presbyterian church in Bloomfield; secretary of the Sunday school
for three years, and superintendent of the same four years; organist of the church seventeen
years, 1871-88; has served as chairman of the Bloomfield town council three terms a
position on a par with the mayor of a New England city; and is a member of the Bloomfield
board of trade. For the rest I will quote from Ward's personal letter:
"It seems hardly possible that our Class is to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of our
graduation next summer, for I am sure that I do not feel any older than when I left college.
Of course, I have been busy all these years, plodding, doing much, but accomplishing little.
I cannot claim the honor of having done anything for Williams or our Class, unless it may
have been a worthy thing to have lived sixty years in the town in which I was born, and to
have so lived as to be elected three times by my fellow townsmen to the highest office in
their gift . . . . I did not see much of the fellows for a long time after 1863, but for some
years past have met a number of them at our New York Alumni meetings, and anticipate
much from our reunion next summer. I hope to see all the boys there." [That is good, but
old boys we are.]
Very sincerely yours,
"THEODORE H. WARD."
Class of Sixty-Three Williams College Fortieth Year Report, by
the Class Historian, Thomas Todd Printer, Boston, 1903
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