Julius Terrass Willard, D. S., Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry in the Kansas State Agricultural College, at Manhattan, is a son of Julius Frederick Willard, who was born Aug. 2, 1835, in Farmington, Conn., and is descended from Simon Willard, who came from England to America in 1634. Frances Willard, the great temperance worker, was also descended from the same ancestor. Julius F. Willard was reared in Connecticut and received a common school education. In April, 1856, when twenty years of age, he came to Wabaunsee, Kan., with the colony led by C. B. Lines and known as the "Beecher Rifle and Bible Company," for whom Whittier wrote,
"We cross the prairies as of old
Our fathers crossed the sea,
To make the West, as they the East,
The homestead of the free."
He took a preëmption claim in Wabaunsee county, but did not prove up on it. Later, he located on a quarter-section in the Kansas river valley, across from Wamego, and it has remained his home to the present time. On March 1, 1861, in Wabaunsee county, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Elizabeth Terrass and to them were born five children, four of whom survive the mother, who passed away in 1885. They are: Prof. Julius Terrass Willard, of this sketch; John J. Willard, deceased; Dr. Henry Selden Willard, of Manhattan, Kan.; Mary Elizabeth Willard, wife of Victor Emrick, of Portland, Ore.; and Rev. Sherman Albert Willard, a Congregational minister. The second marriage of Julius F. Willard occurred in 1887, when he was united to Miss Viola Bangs, of Wabaunsee county, who is still living.
Prof. Julius Terrass Willard, born April 9, 1862, near Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee county, was reared on his father's farm and was given the best educational advantages to be obtained in the county at that time. He entered the Kansas State Agricultural College, in 1879, and graduated in 1883, with the degree of B. S., but he extended the course one year, during which he became familiar with the chemical department as a student assistant. He was assistant in chemistry in the Kansas State Agricultural College from 1883 to 1887; a graduate student in Johns Hopkins University the year of 1887-1888; assistant chemist at the Kansas Experiment Station from 1888 to 1897; assistant professor of chemistry in the Kansas State Agricultural College from 1890 to 1896; associate professor of chemistry in 1896-1897; professor of applied chemistry in the same school from 1897-1901; director of Kansas Experiment Station from 1900 to 1906; vice-president of the Kansas Experiment Station, 1907 to the present time; professor of chemistry in the Kansas State Agricultural College from 1901 to the present time; Dean of Science, 1909 to the present time; and chemist in the Engineering Experiment Station, 1910 to the present time. Professor Willard received the degree Master of Science in 1886, and was made Doctor of Science in 1908. He is a life member of the Kansas Academy of Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Professor Willard has gained his knowledge of his special work by years of close observation and investigation, both in this country and in Europe, and the text books and bulletins which he has prepared are considered valuable acquisitions to the world's literature on science.
Julius T. Willard was married to Miss Lydia Pierce Gardiner, of Wakarusa, Kan., Aug. 6, 1884. They have one child, Charles Gardiner Willard, of Bradford, Kan. He was born Feb. 14, 1889, and was graduated in the course in general science, at the Kansas State Agricultural College, in 1908, and in the College of Agriculture of the University of Illinois, in 1910.Pages 357-358 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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