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The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,113.99; in 1862, $3,873.55; in 1863, $4,196.69; in 1864, $3,373.97; in 1865, $2,400.00. Total amount, $14,958.20.


Incorporated Dec. 3, 1724. Population in 1860, 3,339; in 1865, 3,125. Valuation in 1860, $1,483,443; in 1865, $1,502,682.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Sylvanus Pond, Ebenezer Kimball, S. Morse Cutter; in 1863, S. Morse Cutter, William R. Thayer, Sydney Wilder; in 1864, L. Leland, B. A. Bridges, Thomas E. Andrews; in 1865, L. Leland, B. A. Bridges, F. O. Paddleford.

The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was George N. Pond; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, J. M. Batchelder. The town-treasurer in 1861 was George N. Pond; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, George B. Fiske.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act on matters in relation to the war, was held on the 29th of April, at which Alden Leland, Elbridge J. Cutter, Abel Pond, James F. Simons, and Seth Thayer were appointed to ‘superintend the equipment of a military company in Holliston;’ and Seth Thayer was authorized to receive and disburse, under direction of the committee, such sums as may be subscribed and paid for the above-named purpose. Five thousand dollars were appropriated ‘for military purposes.’ A large committee was appointed ‘to report a plan for the support of the families of soldiers,’ who reported that ‘four hundred dollars be appropriated for drilling the company,’ and, when called into active service, each single man should receive a bounty of twelve, and each married man a bounty of twenty dollars. The use of the town-hall was given to the company for drilling purposes, and the ‘upper hall for an armory.’ Certain tents belonging to the town were given to the company. September 30th, Voted, to give one dollar a month for the wife, and fifty cents for each child, of a volunteer belonging to the town, in addition to the State aid allowed by law.

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