Greenville historian to speak about rare books in Hubbardston


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 4:42 pm on Thursday, April 26, 2012

William "Bill" Delp worked extensively on the Fighting Falcon glider project.

HUBBARDSTON — William “Bill “ Delp, 91, of Greenville, has lived a life rich in a variety of experiences.

Delp is a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Army Field Artillery. On Dec. 30, 1941, Delp married Frances Elaine Kipp at her home in Greenville. They were together 70 years, raising two children, Gretchen and Michael. For 30 years, Delp worked at Gibson’s in Greenville and throughout those years he delved into the study of rare books.

During this time Delp began writing and publishing his own research and ended up authoring 12 books based on his historical research, wartime experiences, the Civil War and the men involved in those conflicts from the local area. At age 91 he is actively involved and very enthusiastic about two more books presently in progress. For 50 years he has specialized in developing criteria for rating and evaluating old books, out of print books, and unusual books. Speaking with Delp today is like listening to a history professor. He is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his topics.

For years, Delp has been actively involved with the Fighting Falcon Military Museum in Greenville in fundraising, volunteering and conducting tours and doing presentations about the history and significance of the museum. Delp was a tool engineer for the CG-4A glider at Gibson Electric Refrigeration Co. He worked extensively on the “Fighting Falcon” glider project.

In September, 2011, Delp lost his wife of 70 years in an accident on M-66 north of Ionia. After his recovery, he immersed himself in his writing and research.

Delp will speak on the topic of rare books at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Hubbardston Area Historical Society meeting in the Community Center conference room on Russell Street (the former elementary school). Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Delp’s books are also available for reading at the HAHS Museum Room.

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