Former Millionaire to Speak at Public Meeting in Norwood on Last 12 Years of His Life

NORWOOD, April 7 — At a public meeting in Everett Hall, Civic Building, tomorrow evening, George F. Willett will tell the history of the last 12 years of his life. He will tell of his change from a millionaire to a poor man overnight.

He will also tell of the Norwood Housing Association and the “invisible powers” he alleges are working against him. He will tell of his plan of building a garden city around Willett’s Pond, where hundreds of homes were to be erected, and why this great project fell through.

At a town meeting a month ago, Mr. Willett endeavored to give the citizens assembled, this information but was called to order by Moderator James A. Halloran, as he was not speaking on the subject matter before the meeting.

When Mr. Willett was stopped by the moderator, the assembled gathering gave him a rousing hand of applause and called to the moderator to let him proceed. The meeting tomorrow night is a result of the people’s interest in what Willett had to say. It is expected that the hall will be jammed to the door.

Mr. Willett, when he addressed the town meeting, asked the citizens not to believe he was crazy, as many persons said he was, but to think of him as they did a few years ago before he lost his money, when he gave the town of Norwood the civic property, Norwood Hospital, and the town square.

0 Apr 1930, Mon The Boston Globe