August 16, 2022

Essex Books Hosts Local Author John Pfarr Thursday Jan. 6

Essex Books is hosting a presentation by John Pfarr about the book, The Inventor’s Fortune Up For Grabs: The Legacy of the Expansion Bracelet by Suzanne G. Beyer and John S. Pfarr, at Gather, 104 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT from noon — 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 6, 2011. Gather is located across the street from The Ivoryton Playhouse.

In 1913, Great Uncle Art Hadley invented the expansion bracelet, a forerunner of the modern wristwatch band that made it easier for WWI soldiers to carry their timepieces during combat. As a result, he amassed considerable wealth. He passed it on to his children, but when they died, Art’s fortune was up for grabs.

The Inventor’s Fortune Up For Grabs is a true story told through a unique structure – from the perspective of John Pfarr, the attorney who initially felt the group had not a snowball’s chance in hell of winning their case, and that of Suzanne Beyer, an heir to her great uncle’s fortune.

The author will discuss the unique two-voice structure of the book, the historical aspects of Art Hadley and his invention, legal struggles in the case – and how a group of cousins, some of whom had never met, could unite in a life-changing six-year odyssey to claim their inheritance from Uncle Art. Pharr will also talk about his experience of becoming a first time author. The program will include a question and answer period, followed by a book signing.

Attorney John S. Pfarr is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School. Pfarr lives with his wife, Ellen, in Essex, CT. Call Susan McCann, Essex Books, at 860-767-1707 for more details or to RSVP. For more information about the book, visit