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  • ID: I3573
  • Name: Proctor Wetherill
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 MAR 1911 in Pennsylvania
  • Death: 16 JAN 1985 in Limerick, Chester Co, Pennsylvania
  • Burial: JAN 1985 Free Quaker Cem, Audubon, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania
  • Occupation: chemical engineer
  • Education: MIT (1934)
  • Religion: Episcopal
  • Note: New York Times 30 Apr 1939: Louise Howell Kirkpatrick Chooses May 20 For Her Marriage to Procter Wetherill
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    WILMINGTON, Del., April 29.-- Miss Louise Howell Kirkpatrick, daughter of Mrs. Crane Kirkpatrick of Westover Hills, this city, will be married here at noon on May 20 to Procter Wetherill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Abel P. Wetherill of Ardmore, Pa.
    The ceremony, which will take place in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, will be followed by a reception at the home of Miss Kirkpatrick's mother.
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  • Note: May 15, 1947 Pottstown Mercury: "Phoenixville Police Hold Three Youths for 19 Robberies" Proctor Wetherill of RD 1, Chester Springs was one of the victims.
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  • Note: Proctor served in WWII and as a Lt Col in the PA National Guard.
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  • Note: Commander 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry, PA National Guard - Jun1959 to Jan 1963
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  • Note: SSN 221-07-0497 DE
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  • Note: Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 Jan 1985:
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    Proctor Wetherill, 73, one of the Philadelphia area's leading Christmas tree growers, collapsed Wednesday evening at the wheel of his truck. Found in the parking lot of the Limerick Diner, he was pronounced dead, apparently of a heart attack,
    at Pottown Memorial Medical Center.
  • Note: Mr. Wetherill, who lived at Wetherhold, his tree plantation near Chester Springs in Chester County, was active in conservation and environmental- preservation efforts in the area.
  • Note: Socially prominent, he rode to the hounds and lent his support to historic- preservation efforts.
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    The life he led was not the life he had been raised for. Born into a Philadelphia paint-manufacturer's family, he was sent to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering that would equip him to take
    over and operate the business.
  • Note: A test run in a competitor's plant, however, raised an area of conflict. He found that he was allergic to paint - it gave him asthma. It was just as well, then, that the family business went down the drain.
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    Meanwhile, as a member of the First City Troop, he found himself called to active duty for World War II. When he returned to things more peaceful, he went into the tree-growing business, planting Scotch pines by the thousands, scrawny trees
    that were wisely supplanted by Douglas firs and, occasionally, Norway spruce.
  • Note: He was called to duty again, this time for the Korean War. In the end, he would remain on the National Guard outfit's roster for 30 years, retiring with the rank of colonel.
  • Note: When he returned to his Christmas-tree business in 1953, he found the Scotch pines left much to offer. The Douglas firs and the Norway spruce proved themselves in his eyes. He started again in 1960, planting the right trees this time.
  • Note: By the time he had 300,000 trees under cultivation, he had proved his point. He was elected president of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association.
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    He was active in political and civic affairs as well, serving as a supervisor in West Vincent Township. He was active in the Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Association, a group producing annual horse shows for the benefit of Paoli Memorial
  • Note: He served on the boards of the Pickering Hunt Club and the Historic Yellow Springs Association, and he was a member of the board of the Green Valleys Association.
  • Note: Mr. Wetherill was an avid archer and competed with the United Bowmen. He was also a member of the Union League and the Merion Cricket Club and was active in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
  • Note: Surviving are his wife, Sarah Schwartz Wetherill; daughter, Sara W. Wilds; two stepsons, Harry and Sherwood White; four grandchildren, and his brother, Reeves.
  • Note: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at Ludwig's Corner, Routes 401 and 100.
  • Note: In an obituary yesterday for Proctor Wetherill, The Inquirer erred in identifying the beneficiary of his work with the Ludwig's Corner Horse Show Association. Proceeds from the annual show benefit Chester County charitable
  • Note: organizations, particularly Phoenixville Hospital. 1
  • Change Date: 26 JUN 2012

    Father: Abel Proctor Wetherill b: 20 JUL 1876 in Pennsylvania
    Mother: Sarah Reeves Mullen b: 20 JAN 1879 in New Jersey

    Marriage 1 Louise Howell Kirkpatrick b: 8 SEP 1910
    • Married: 20 MAY 1939 1 in Westminster Presb Ch, Wilmington, Delaware

    Marriage 2 Sarah P. Schwartz b: 12 JUN 1909 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Married: 29 MAR 1955 1

    1. Name: Wetherills' Who's Who 762 A.D. to 1961 A.D.
      Name: Rev. Dr. Francis Macomb Wetherill
      Name: Transcribed by John Tiers
      Name: Dec 1999