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[675] articles of apparel; among which were 205 pairs of socks, 316 flannel shirts, 72 pairs of drawers, 556 handkerchiefs, 659 towels, besides quilts, blankets, and other articles of bedcloth-ing; also, canned fruit and apples. The money value of the articles furnished was more than two thousand dollars.


Incorporated Feb. 15, 1816. Population in 1860, 3,575; in 1865, 4,131. Valuation in 1860, $1,304,825; in 1865, $1,696,264.

The selectmen in 1861 were Verney Fiske, Adolphus Merriam, Malcolm Ammidown; in 1862, Verney Fiske, Malcolm Ammidown, James Gleason; in 1863, Verney Fiske, James Gleason, Gayton Ballard; in 1864, Verney Fiske, Henry C. Ammidown, William C. Steadman; in 1865, Manning Leonard, Henry C. Ammidown, John O. McKinstry.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Daniel F. Bacon. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864 was Samuel M. Lane; in 1865, Daniel F. Bacon.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters connected with the Rebellion was held on the 6th of May, at which the following votes were passed: first, to appropriate eight thousand dollars to raise and equip a military company and for the support of the families of such as may be called into active service; second, that the selectmen, together with William Beecher, J. O. McKinstry, John Edwards, and C. A. Dresser, be a committee to take charge of the appropriation, ‘and expend it according to their best discretion;’ third, that the committee be authorized to pay for each volunteer, who is a resident of Southbridge, one dollar and fifty cents a week to the wife, and fifty cents a week to each child under twelve years of age, ‘during the time of active service performed by said volunteer;’ fourth, to pay each enlisted man eight dollars a month while in active service, and fifty cents for each half day spent in drilling previous to being mustered into the military service—this to apply at the discretion of the committee to Southbridge men who have enlisted in companies formed in other towns. October 7th, The selectmen were authorized to pay State aid to the families of soldiers as provided by law. November 5th, The

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