Charles Willard came to the Battle Creek area in 1836. His legacy is still felt today in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Willard name can be found around town in two places. One, Willard Library which is located in downtown Battle Creek. This two story library is an asset to the community. I use it frequently. There is a branch of Willard Library, Helen Warner Branch, where the local history section can be found.
The second is Willard Beach on Goguac Lake. The land that Willard Beach is on was originally the home of Charles Willard. He willed this land to the city to be used by the public for recreation. Willard Beach isn't too far from my home. I am embarrassed to say I don't use it very much.
Willard Monument at Dubois Cemetery, Beckley Road, Battle Creek, Michigan
Jan 31, 1897
To see more historic pictures of Willard Library and Willard Beach see the historical images section of the Willard Library website, or click on the letters in blue.