WILLIAM WALDO LATHROP
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1257
WILLIAM WALDO LATHROP, deceased. Among those who helped to make Stafford, Tolland county, an enterprising business center, must be numbered William Waldo Lathrop, the popular druggist, now deceased, who was born at Bridgeport, Conn., April 10, 1863.
Ferdinand Lathrop, father of William
W., died March 31, 1878, in Coventry, Conn. In business life he was a manufacturer,
and although at the time of his death he was but forty-five years of age,
he had attained considerable success. His first wife, Harriet A. Waldo,
died Oct. 16, 1863, aged thirty years. To this union had been born: George
A., who died March 15, 1861, aged seven months and seventeen days; and
William Waldo. For his second wife Ferdinand Lathrop wedded Maryette Fuller,
who died Aug. 30, 1883 aged
William Waldo Lathrop was born in Bridgeport,
and brought to Tolland county in his infancy. He received his education
first in the neighboring schools of his home, then in Coventry, and later
he attended Willimantic high school. After leaving school, he entered a
grocery store in South Coventry, where he remained a short time, and then
went to South Manchester and clerked in a drug store for several years.
In 1889 he came to Stafford Springs, and started in the drug business,
in which he continued until his
In establishing himself in the drug
business in Stafford Springs, Mr. Lathrop really acted in opposition to
the advice of several whose familiarity with the business situation at the
time was not to be doubted.
On Feb. 3, 1887, Mr. Lathrop was married to Harriet West, a daughter of Mrs. F.M. West of South Manchester, Conn., and to this union were born: Frank Waldo, born Dec. 5, 1888; and Dorothy West, born June 19, 1891. Mrs. Lathrop is a consistent member of the Episcopal Church.
The following is clipped from the Stafford Press under the date of Sept. 16, 1897, and demonstrates the high esteem in which Mr. Lathrop was held by his fellow-townsmen:
The business ventures of Mr. Lathrop
always proved fortunate, as he had talent combined with push and energy.
He sold his business in Manchester and came to Stafford Springs in 1889.
He built up and retained a good business here. He invested his surplus
money in real estate here, and at the time of his death owned many single
and double houses on Grant avenue, besides his own residence. He was of
a happy, genial disposition, and had a host of friends. He was fond of
practical jokes, and was never more happy
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