Richard Graves worked at the Crawford house sometime, if I recall correctly, in the 30's or 40's. He apparently left one evening with the stated intention of climbing the Standard Route. Upon not returning, a search found his body somewhere up above what we now call lower Hitchcock, which was where they brought is body down (and not anywhere near the Standard Route). Apparently there used to be a cross at the spot decades ago, and when it reappeared I figured it must be so the Conway Scenic can tell the story.
I got this story from an old (1950's I think) article in Appalachia called 'Ramblings on Mt Willard', which is worth checking out. Not a lot on the climbing, which was just the Standard Route at the time, but interesting. I also learned that what we are calling Hitchcock gully was formerly known as Butterwort Flume on account of the population of Butterwort that grows in the alcove before the rock exit to lower Hitchcock. Butterwort loves calcium and is therefore rare in the White Mountains, only growing there and in the Black Dike. What we call the Cleft was originally called Hitchcock Flume. Somewhere in there the name moved.
Anyway, hi everybody. I've lurked on an off but this post drew me out. I like Mt Willard....