The early days of Hampden County, MA, and its various towns and townships, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 65 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books: the 1839 edition of Historical Collections of the State of Massachusetts by John Warner Barber, and Massachusetts, a Guide to its Places and People, a WPA project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. INSERTED IN THE BOOKLET is a copy of the Map of Massachusetts which accompanied the Barber book. The map is printed in black ink on natural parchtex paper. The communities mentioned include: Agawam, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee (formerly Cabotville), East Longmeadow, Granville, Holland, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Palmer Center, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Storrowton, Tolland, Wales, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham. The many and diverse topics in the booklet include: Gen. William Eaton bio; Death of Jedediah Smith; Monument Inscriptions; Indian Attack; Grey Lock; Disputes and Militia Avoidance, "Confused" Surveyors; Attack on Springfield; Revolutionary War Incidents; National Armory at Springfield; Shay's Rebellion; Westfield Academy, Wesleyan Academy, and Wilhraham Academy; and a Brutal Murder; a Lost Tomb; a False Indian Alarm, and a Deacon who Killed a Bear; Friction Matches; Labor and Industry; Springfield Newspapers; John Brown, A. G. Parker and the Underground Railroad; Professor James Naismith, inventor of Basketball; and Eleazar Williams, the "Lost Prince,"and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Springfield and Chicopee are singled out in the WPA section.
Hampden County, MA
Sources: Historical Collections of Massachusetts / Hampden County History
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1840
Original Publisher: Dorr, Howland and Co.
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