Bill Treadway

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William I. Treadway wrote several articles for The North American Live Steamer in 1956. His address at the time was 352 Brewster Road, Bristol, Connecticut.

Keith Taylor reported that Bill attended the 20th Anniversary Meet of the Pioneer Valley Live Steamers in 1972.


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From Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 27, 2012:

William Ingraham Treadway, 94, formerly of Bristol, CT, died on Friday (January 20, 2012) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Virginia (Wade) Treadway. Bill was born in Hartford, CT on February 7, 1917 and was the son of the late Morton C. Treadway and Faith (Ingraham) Treadway. He was proud to say that he lived his entire life within a one mile radius of Federal Hill: 134 Summer Street, Hickory Hill, 37 Prospect Place and 352 Brewster Road. The last 6 years of his life he resided in Mystic, Connecticut near his daughter and Woodstock, Vermont near his son.

Bill was educated at the Federal Hill School in Bristol, Eaglebrook School 1932, Deerfield Academy 1935 and Yale University 1939, where he studied mechanical engineering. He entered the engineering department at the family owned Horton Manufacturing Co. where he obtained many patents pertaining mostly to improvements in fishing rods and reels. After Horton was sold he was employed at The New Departure Manufacturing Co. for several years before joining another family business, The E. Ingraham Company. He finished his working years at Fletcher Terry Co.

His interests were many and continued to expand in his later years. He was a very accomplished machinist and built live steam trains, cars and other working models. He was a longtime member of Pioneer Valley Live Steamers. Bill loved flyfishing and saltwater surf fishing, building his own rods and reels and tying his own flies. He was a long time member of Limestone Trout Club in East Canaan, CT. and traveled many times to the family cabin on Loc Treadway at St. Bernard Fish and Game Club in Quebec. In his youth and again his in later years he was very active in pond sailing, building all of his own sail boats. He was a very accomplished musician playing woodwinds, clarinet, oboe and English horn. He was honored as being a member of the Bristol Symphony for 50 years. He also played in summer stock theater with Canton Productions in Canton, CT. He enjoyed playing in local bands up until just a few years ago. He was a very prolific amateur photographer doing his own developing and won photographic competitions.

Bill was quite active in community activities including being a director and president of the American Clock and Watch Museum, member of the Exchange Club, lifelong member of The First Congregational Church of Bristol and a member of the choir for many years. He loved traveling with his favorite destinations being Switzerland and Bermuda.

With all of his various interests and activities, his greatest joy and love was his family. His 59 year marriage to Ginny, who predeceased him January 3, 1998, begot three children, Judith Appleton Treadway L'Ecuyer married to Philippe L'Ecuyer of Brittany France, Mary Virginia Treadway of Wilton, CT and Wade Ingraham Treadway and his partner Elizabeth Greene of Woodstock, VT and 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.


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