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The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers, and which was afterwards repaid to it by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $310.14; in 1862, $564.37; in 1863, $656.00; in 1864, $160.00; in 1865, 00. Total amount, $1,681.51.


Incorporated April 12, 1777. Population in 1860, 948; in 1865, 859. Valuation in 1860, $299,622; in 1865, $289,398.

The selectmen in 1861 were Charles Crosier, Edmund Spencer, James M. Chapel; in 1862, D. W. Dunham, Charles Crosier, Alanson S. Pomeroy; in 1863, Charles Crosier, Alanson S. Pomeroy, John M. Crane; in 1864 and 1865, D. W. Dunham, Simpson Bell, Charles Coates.

The town-clerk in 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, was J. S. Brooker. The town-treasurer in 1861 and 1862 was John M. Crane; in 1863, D. W. Dunham; in 1864, Samuel O. Brooker; in 1865, George Abbott.

1861. There does not appear to have been any formal town-meeting held during this year, to act upon matters relating to the war; although a number of popular meetings were held, at which addresses were made by prominent gentlemen of the county, among whom were Charles M. Emerson, of Pittsfield, Judge Page, William M. Walker, and others.

1862. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 1st of September; at which it was voted to pay a bounty ‘of seventy-five dollars to each of the seven volunteers who enlisted for three years, and one hundred dollars to each volunteer for nine months service.’

1863. There appears to have been no action taken by the town in regard to the war, in its corporate capacity, during this year; none probably having been necessary.

1864. On the 11th of April a town-meeting was held, at which it was voted ‘to raise one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each volunteer under the last call of the President;’ also, ‘that the selectmen be instructed to go to Boston, and, if possible, ’

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