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The ladies of Deerfield were always active in their good works during the war for the benefit of the soldiers. They worked at home and in the sewing-circle, held fairs and festivals to raise funds, and were constantly forwarding ‘large quantities of all kinds of clothing and other necessaries and luxuries’ to the camps and hospitals.


Incorporated April 17, 1838. Population in 1860, 527; in 1865, 576. Valuation in 1860, $163,601; in 1865, $173,229.

The selectmen in 1861 were A. R. Albee, C. A. Eddy, S. D. Comins; in 1862, Calvin Priest, C. A. Eddy, Lewis Whiting; in 1863, Calvin Priest, H. H. Holton, Seth H. Woodard; in 1864, A. R. Albee, H. H. Holton, I. E. Stone; in 1865, A. R. Albee, Seth H. Woodard, Noah Rankin.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Noah Rankin. The town-treasurer during the same period was Seth H. Woodard.

The record of the proceedings of the town-meetings held in Erving during the war is not so full as we would have wished, otherwise it is quite satisfactory.

Erving furnished fifty-eight men for the war, which was a surplus of four 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 two thousand three hundred and six dollars and fifty cents ($2,306.50).1

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the years of the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $115.40; in 1862, $568.92; in 1863, $766.24; in 1864, $923.42; in 1865, $600.00. Total amount, $2,973.98.

The ladies of Erving contributed to the extent of their means and numbers to the comfort and well-being of our sick and

1 The return made by the selectmen in 1867 to the Legislative Committee places the amount at $2,375.00, a difference only of sixty-eight dollars and fifty-cents.

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