An heiress who found Ridgefield a retreat spent much of her life aiding the blind. Nearly a century after her death, she still is.
Electa Matilda Curtis was born on a farm in 1841 in Saratoga County, N.Y., and, when she was about 18, married a local boy. They had a son, Charles, who was blinded in an accident as a child. By 1870, she was divorced and living with the 10-year-old boy at her parents’ farm in Schuylerville.