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The town-clerk during all these years was Almon Mitchell. The town-treasurer during the same period was William Packard.

1861. The first town-meeting at which action was taken in regard to the war was held August 31st, which voted to raise five hundred dollars ‘in aid of families of such citizens as had or might hereafter volunteer in the United-States service.’

1862. A meeting was held July 28th, at which it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer to fill the quota of the town, the number required being fourteen.

Almon Mitchell who had been town-clerk since 1855, and all through the war, writes, ‘that the above were the first actions of the town after the war commenced. We had many subsequent meetings at which various appropriations were made. There was no unusual incident in our community during the war. I believe we may claim a full average share of public spirit and patriotism, and if there were any persons who began to grow faint-hearted, when our prospects were gloomiest, they had the grace to keep silent.’

Cummington furnished one hundred and five men for the war, which was a surplus of eight over all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The amount of money appropriated and expended on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was ten thousand five hundred and eighty-nine dollars and thirty-four cents, $10,589.34.

The amount of money raised and expended for State aid to the families of the soldiers during the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $777.95; in 1863, $2,019.17; in 1864, $1,034.95; in 1865, $1,000.00. Total amount, $4,832.07.


Incorporated June 17, 1785. Population in 1860, 1,916; in 1865, 2,869. Valuation in 1860, $924,567; in 1865, $1,700,599.

The selectmen in 1861 were Levi Parsons, Lewis S. Clark, Alanson Clark; in 1862, Seth Warner, Lewis S. Clark, Alanson Clark; in 1863, Lawrence D. Lyman, Seth Warner, E. S. Jones; in 1864, Eli A. Hubbard, Edwin S. Jones, Lawrence

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