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[327] by individuals. The aggregate amount of money furnished by the town, in its corporate capacity, and by citizens by voluntary contributions, was more than fifty thousand dollars.

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families during the war, and which was refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $528.10; in 1862, $2,549.40; in 1863, $3,719.03; in 1864, $3,380.25; in 1865, $2,100.00. Total amount, $12,276.78.


Incorporated June 15, 1763. Population in 1860, 2,081; in 1865, 2,111. Valuation in 1861, $841,633; in 1865, $872,100.

The selectmen in 1861 were Philip P. Potter, William V. Sessions, Horace Clark; in 1862, Horace Clark, Marcus Beebe, Hiram Hendrick; in 1863, Horace Clark, Porter Cross, Walter Hitchcock; in 1864, John Baldwin, Horace Clark, Sumner Smith; in 1865, John Baldwin, Sumner Smith, William V. Sessions.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer in 1861 and 1862 was Howard Stanton;1 in 1863 and 1864, John M. Merrick; in 1865, Gilbert Roewood.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 27th of May; at which it was voted to pay State aid to the families of soldiers living in Wilbraham, as provided by law.

1862. April 7th, The town-treasurer was authorized to borrow money in aid of the families of volunteers. July 26th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for three years service, when mustered in and credited to the quota of the town, the number not to exceed twenty. The treasurer was authorized to borrow two thousand dollars for the payment of said bounties. The town-clerk was directed to keep a record of the names of residents of Wilbraham who have served or shall serve in the armies of the

1 Howard Stanton died in office during the year, and his father, James, was appointed to fill the vacancy.

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