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[695] twenty-two thousand five hundred and eighty-four dollars and ninety cents ($22,584.90).

The amount paid by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $971.50; in 1862, $3,600.00; in 1863, $4,727.90; in 1864, $5,600.00; in 1865, $3,600.00. Total amount, $18,499.40.

The ladies of West Boylston did their full share of patriotic soldiers' work. They held several fairs and exhibitions which netted upwards of twelve hundred dollars, all of which and much more were devoted, together with their personal labors, to the sick and wounded in the field and hospitals.

West Brookfield

Incorporated March 3, 1848. Population in 1860, 1,548; in 1866, 1,549. Valuation in 1860, $643,823; in 1865, $679,389.

The selectmen in 1861 were R. Cummings, A. C. Allen, Wm. Foster, A. Makepeace; in 1862, R. Cummings, A. C. Allen, George H. Brown, E. W. Combs, William Foster; in 1863, H. Brown, A. C. Allen, Daniel Allen, A. C. Gleason, H. L. Bannister; in 1864, H. Brown, A. C. Allen, A. C. Gleason, Daniel Allen, T. E. Cary; in 1865, A. C. Allen, A. C. Gleason, Sanford Adams, T. E. Cary.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all these years was E. H. Blair.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held on the 29th of April, at which it was voted to pay each volunteer belonging to the town, when mustered into the military service, twenty dollars, and to furnish him with a revolver. A pledge was also given that their families should be properly cared for.

1862. April 1st, Voted, to borrow eight hundred dollars for State aid to the soldiers' families. July 26th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow thirty-one hundred dollars to pay bounties to volunteers who shall enlist to the credit of the town for three years service. August 23d, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer for nine months service.

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