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1863. No special action appears to have been taken by the town during this year in regard to the war, although recruiting volunteers and the payment of State aid were continued.

1864. June 25th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred aud twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who should enlist to fill the quota of the town ‘for the next call for men.’ On the 14th of August it was decided to pay the bounty in gold, and ‘to raise a sufficient sum of money to procure fourteen men for the army.’

West Brookfield furnished one hundred and fifty-nine men for the war, which was a surplus of twelve over and above all demands. None were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was eleven thousand two hundred and seventy-seven dollars and sixty-one cents ($11,277.61).

The amount of money paid by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $260.95; in 1862, $1,668.21; in 1863, $2,378.11; in 1864, $4,325.71; in 1865, $3,160.82. Total amount, $11,793.80.


Incorporated April 26, 1770. Population in 1860, 1,840; in 1865, 1,639. Valuation in 1860, $745,615; in 1865, $721,267.

The selectmen in 1861 were William Mayo, Joseph W. Forbush, Charles A. Forbush; in 1862 and 1863, Joseph W. Forbush, Charles A. Forbush, Franklin Wyman; in 1864, William Mayo, Franklin Wyman, Timothy D. Wood; in 1865, Augustine Whitney, Franklin Wyman, Timothy D. Wood.

The town-clerk in 1861 was William S. Bradbury; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, William Mayo. The town-treasurer during these years was David W. Hill.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held April 29th, at which it was voted to raise a company of volunteers, and to pay each person one dollar a day while in active service, not exceeding three months.

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