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BOROUGH AND VICINITY," was published in June, 1879. Price 25 Cts.





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Jan. i, 1840. — A zero day; 15 to 20 degrees below zero. There were several zero days
this month.

Jan. i, 2 and 3, 1853. — The shrubs and trees were incrusted with ice, and frosted over
and looked as if made of crystal.

Jan. 1, 1862. — Very pleasant during the day; during the night an extraordinary high
wind blew down chimneys and parts of roofs of some buildings.

Jan. 1, 1867. — Dedication of soldiers' monument at Southborough. Samuel Appleton,
Esq., of that town gave the address. The monument is twenty feet high and lias seventeen
soldiers' names engraved thereon.

Jan. 1, 1869. — A north-east snow storm, which continued all day and evening; depth of
snow, seven to nine inches; some drifted. First great snow storm tliis winter. It snowed
at Washington, D. C, the day before, Dec. 31, 1868.

Jan. 1, 1 87 1 . — Valuable New Years' gift. Col. Elijah Hale of Rockbottom, formerly of
Marlborough, presented to the Stow parish a parsonage, together with four acres of land.

Jan. I, 1877. — Public celebration of the crystal wedding of Capt. Edmund C. Whitney
and wife at Berry's Hall. They received many presents. Remarks and speeches by eighl
to ten citizens during the evening.

Jan. 2, 1733-4,0. S., Jan. 13, 1734, N. S. — Ebenezer Rice, son of Simon Rice, was horn.
He graduated at Harvard College in 1760. He was a physican and justice of the peace in
Marlborough during the Revolution. Near the close of the war he moved to Barre. He
was half brother to Col. Edward Barnes of Marlborough.

Jan. 2, 1813. — Capt. Ceo. Williams of Marlborough died, aged 76 years. He kept the
celebrated Williams tavern, near Williams pond. He was one of the selectmen for a few
years. He gave a silver tankard to the West church of this town.

Jan. 3, 1812. — Almost a centenarian. Died in Marlborough, Gershom Bigelow, aged
97 years, 2 months. Several of his great-great-grand children were living at that time.
For a few years he was one of the selectmen of the town. His twin siller married Deacon
Matthias Rice, and afterwards Abraham Rice. She lived 79 years. They were born after
their father, John Bigelow, returned from Indian captivity in Canada. John Bigelow lived
94 years, 4 months.

Jan. 4, 1875. — Died in Marlborough, of typhoid fever, Thomas Corey, aged 53 years;
one of the wealthy men of the town. He commenced in the shoe business in 1838, with
the Boyds, and was of the firm of Boyd & Corey for more than thirty years. The pall
bearers were shoe manufacturers.

Jan. 5, 1856, Saturday. — An old-fashioned north-east snow storm. The afternoon trains
upon various railroads were hours behind time. The next week was a cold week, it being
several degrees below zero on several mornings. The next Saturday there was another
severe snow storm. The cars to Marlborough were delayed several days.

Jan. 5, 1869. — A golden wedding in Northborough. Stephen Howe and wife celebrated
the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. Rev. Dr. Allen was present and conducted services
appropriate for the occasion. Mr. Howe was a native of Marlborough, and died Sept. 7,
1877, aged 88 years.

Jan. 7, 1829. — The Concord Lyceum was organized. Within a year of this date Marl-
borough, Northborough and Worcester Lyceums were all organized. The Concord Lyceum
is still in existence, and had their semi-centennial celebration Jan. 7, 1879.

Jan. 7, 1867. — Good lectures. Rev. J. O. Peck of Worcester lectured in Marlborough;
subject," Golden Opportunities and Golden Men." He lectured at Northborough three days
before, on " Young Bloods."

Jan. 8, 1 73 1. — The Town of Marlborough voted and granted ,£50 "to defray the' cost of
burying our revered pastor, Mr. Breck." He died two days before this date. The funeral
was the 12th day, O. S., Jan. 23, 1731, N. S.

Jan. 8, 1866. — Called the "Cold Monday" of that year. Twenty-eight degrees be-
low zero.

Jan. IO, 1775. — Rev. John Gardner of Stow died, aged 80 years. He was the father of
Henry Gardner, Esq., of Stow, the first State Treasurer. They were ancestors of Dr. Henry
Gardner and Ex-Governor Henry J. Gardner of this State. Towns instructed collectors of
taxes not to pay the same to the Royal Treasurer, Harrison Gray, but to Henry Gardner
of Stow.

Jan. 10, 1872. — A centenarian died at Hudson alms-house. Widow Mary (Brown)
Gates, aged 100 years, 9 months. She was born in Stow, and was a daughter of Joshua
Brown; had been the wife of two brothers, Charles and Jotham Gates.

Jan. 10, 1872. — Rev. W. H. H. Murray lectured in Fairmount Hall, Marlborough; sub-
ject, "About the Deacons."

Jan. 11, 1752, N. S.— Cold weather. One of the coldest days for many years. Just 100
years afterwards, in January, 1852, for several days the thermometer was several degrees
below zero.

Jan. 11, 1859. — Called the "Cold Tuesday" of that year. Intensely cold — many degrees
below zero.

Jan 12, 1833. — Samuel Gibbon, Esq., of Marlborough, died, aged 74 years. He was a
trader many years, and was one year elected a representative to the General Court. He
served several years as one of the selectmen.

Jan. 12, 1867. — Capt. Jedediah Wood died in the new town of Hudson, aged 90 years.
He was born in Marlborough, and was for many years one of the selectmen of the town.
He was father of the late Col. William Henry Wood of Feltonville.

Jan. 13, 1813. — A centenarian died in Marlborough. Mrs. Elizabeth Cole, aged 101
years. It is said she walked to church after her one hundredth birthday. Her grandson,
Thomas Cole, born in Marlborough, graduated at Harvard College in 1798. He was many
years a school teacher; married a daughter of William Cogswell of this town. Mr. Cole
settled at Salem, where he died in 1852, aged 72 years.

Jan. 13, 1855. — A mad dog in Marlborough. One child was bitten, and several dogs.
The dog was killed after returning from Stow.


Jan. 13, 1874. — In the morning a great fire at Natick. About 40 buildings destroyed —
one church, three large blocks, two banks, post office, two shoe factories, and two great
halls. Loss, half a million of dollars.

Jan. 14, 1789. — Ordination. Rev. John Robinson was ordained at Westborough. He
preached in that town eighteen years.

Jan. 14, 1868. — The stockholders of the Marlborough First National Bank, and trustees
of Marlborough Savings Bank, tendered a vote of thanks to Mark Fay for his liberality in
providing a building for the use of both institutions.

Jan. 14, 1874. — Fire in Marlborough. A large French roof boarding house near the
South Depot destroyed by fire. It was owned by Boyd & Corey. Valued at $2500; insur-
ance, $1500.

Jan. 15, 1873. — Small pox in Marlborough; eight cases. E. Frank Greenwood died
this day, aged 23 years; Feb. 1, Amos C. Morrill; Feb. 2, Charles W. Cotting and Alexan-
der Cotting : all of the small pox.

Jan. 17, 1780. — Died at Bolton, Rev. Thomas Goss, in his 63d year. He was the first
settled minister in that town, and preached there thirty or more years. The winter of 1780
was remarkable for its severity and the depth of snow, which covered the fences.

Jan. 17, 1866. — Frederick Douglass lectured in Marlborough; subject, "Assassination of
Lincoln and its Lessons."

Jan. 19, 1875. — Another cold Tuesday. From 10 to 12 degrees below zero.

Jan. 22, 1877. — Thomas Jackson's benefit entertainment came off in Marlborough Town
Hall. The net receipts were $1037. He lost his factory by fire about two weeks before
this date.

Jan. 25, 1837. — A remarkable Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

Jan. 25, 1848. — -Died in Boston, Dr. Benjamin Warren Hildreth, aged 63 years, 10
months; buried in Marlborough. He graduated from college in 1805. He was born in
Concord, where he married Mary Brown; had a family of 10 or 12 children. His wife
died in Marlborough in 1844. He practiced medicine in this town from 30 to 35 years.

Jan. 26, 1853. — A church bell in Feltonville. Brought up on the railroad for the Baptist
meeting house, and this day raised to its place. Weight, 851 pounds; cost, $300.

Jan. 27, 1842. — Died in Marlborough, Col. Ephraim Howe, aged 53 years, 6 months.
He was a wealthy and prominent boot and shoe manufacturer in his day, when young men
served seven years to learn the trade. He was one of the leading men in town, and was a
selectman 12 years. He was a descendant of Capt. Eleazer Howe, who lived near "Howe's
pond," where Col. Howe was born.

Jan. 28, 1824. — Died at Shrewsbury, Levi Pease, aged 84 years. He was a blacksmith
in early life, and afterward a stage driver, and was known as the " Father of the stages."
He drove through Marlborough for many years.

Jan. 28, 1875. — Fire in Marlborough. The school house on Bolton street, east of Wash-
ington Street School, was burned about 2 o'clock A. M. It was built in the Autumn of
1853. Valued at $3000; insurance $2000.

Jan. 30, 1868. — Fatal accident at North Depot, Marlborough. Joseph A. Butterrield, a
young man in the employ of the Fitchburg railroad company, was badly injured, so that he
died within an hour.

Jan. 31, 1866. — Capt. Nicholson B. Proctor died in Boston, aged 76 years. The funeral
was in Marlborough, where he spent half his days and where he was a justice of the peace.
He was a native of Marblehead, and a sea captain, as was also his father, Capt. Joseph
Proctor, who died in Marlborough in 181S, aged 72 years.


Feb. 3, 1775- — Asa Houghton, an almanac maker for twenty years, was born at Bolton.
He was son of Simon Houghton, and the third of ten children. His grandfather, Jacob
Houghton, died Jan. 26, 1780, known as the "Hard Winter," aged 85 years. We have
Asa Houghton's hirst almanac for 1800, the last year of the last century. Mr. H. died at
Putney, \ I., in September, 1S29.

Feb. 3, 1835. — Accident in Stow. John Taylor was precipitated from a chaise, fractured
liis skull, ami died the same afternoon.

Feb. 3, 1 S^7- — Henry Ward Beecher lectured in Boyd c\: Corey's new hall (now part of
Corey's Block), to a large audience.

Feb. 3, 1869. — A snow storm and a lecture. Several inches of snow fell. Rev. James
II. Chapin gave a lecture for the (I. A. R. course of lectures. Subject, "On Pacific

Feb. 4, 1815. — Stow cotton factory incorporated. Feb. 18, Rockbottom cotton and wool
factory incorporated. Real estate not to exceed $20,000; personal estate, $30,000. Cor-
porators, Joel Cranston and Silas Jewell.

Feb. 4, 1824. — The Saxon factory, at Saxonville, in Framingham, incorporated.
Feb. 4, 1856. — Fire in Marlborough. Between 3 and 4 o'clock P. M. a house was
burned on the north-east side of Mount Pleasant, near the Catholic meeting-house. ( )wned
by Col. Win. H. Wood of Feltonville.

Feb. 5, 1863. — A cold day; mercury below zero.

Feb. 5, 1676. — The English troops reached Marlborough. Their provisions failing, they
turned down to Boston, says Barry's " History of Framingham," leaving the field to the
ravages of the Indians. Two days afterwards, Feb. 7, an order was passed (supposed by
the Ceneral Court) for billeting the Plymouth forces at Marlborough.

Feb. 5, 182S — A very mild and pleasant day. Silas Felton, Esq., surveyed Harvey
swamp; but very little snow during the Winter, lie surveyed several lots that Winter.

Feb. 7, 1714-15. — The Town of Marlborough voted to build a new school house. They
had two places in view, and the Town voted to build on the upper place : - 18x28 feet. The
spot is now (1880) probably occupied by the Soldiers' Monument.

Feb. 7, 1867. — Miss Anna E. Dickinson lectured in Marlborough on " Woman's Right to
Labor," before a large audience in the Town Hall.

Feb. 8, 1852. — A cold morning. Fire in Southborough. Ebenezer and Samuel Brig-
ham's house in the north-west part of the town, near Brigham's pond, was burned early in
the morning. No insurance. Cause, a defect in the chimney.

Feb. 8, 1866. — Spring Hill Lodge, I. O. G. T., organized in Marlborough.
Feb. 9, 1869. — Westborough Savings Bank incorporated. Corporators, Xoah Kimball,
Cyrus Fay and George B. Brigham.

Feb. 9, 1876. — Samuel X. Aklrich, Esq., gave the closing lecture before the Farmers
and Mechanics course in Marlborough. Subject, " Our Town and Our Country."

Feb. 10, 1875.- — Mrs. Eliza Ann Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, lectured in
Hudson Town Hall.

Feb. 10, 1879.. — Marlborough Brass Band fair, and continued four evenings. Sold up-
wards of 5,000 tickets.

Feb. 11, 1787. — Col. John Weeks of Marlborough died, aged 80 years. He was a
prominent man in town; one of the selectmen for ten or twelve years, and a justice of the
peace. He married a daughter of Dea. Thomas and Elizabeth (Howe) Keyes of Marl-

Feb. II, 1858. — The coldest day of the Winter. No snow upon the ground. Cedar
swamp frozen over, and folks commenced this day to cut and carry out wood for fires and
for timber. The writer of this item saw birds flying about in the swamp.

Feb. II, 1876. — Friday morning, about one o'clock, Joseph Manning's box and planing
mill, in Mechanic square, Marlborough, was burned by an incendiary. Loss on buildings,
$3000; Mr. Manning's loss, $2000. Several carpenters lost tools. Mr. Manning erected
his present factory in the Fall of the same year, 1876.

Feb. 12, 1813. — Rufus Sawyer married Seraph Bartlett, both of Berlin. They were mar-
ried in the stone mansion on Baker's hill, and had their golden wedding at the same place
New Year's day, 1S63. They had ten children. Mrs. Sawyer died the next December.

Feb. 12 and 13, 1856. — Change of weather. Tuesday noon thermometer up to 47 de-
grees; the next morning, Wednesday, down to 3 degrees — fell 44 degrees in 19 hours.

Feb. 13, 1816. — Sudbury meadows. The proprietors of Sudbury meadows — all adjoin-
ing Sudbury river from Framingham line to Concord — incorporated.

Feb. 13, i836. : — An old-fashioned snow storm and cold weather. Large quantities of
snow, which laid the whole country under an embargo.

Feb. 13, 1869. — Velocipede fever reached Marlborough, and occupied the Town Hall.
Admission 15 cents — one cent a minute for riding.

Feb. 14, 1849. — The Cordaville Manufacturing Co. incorporated, for cotton and woolen
goods. Corporators, Oliver S. and Milton H. Sanford and Thomas S. Nelson.

Feb. 14, 1862. — Friday evening. Lincoln Brigham's house in Westborough, near South-
borough line, was burned. Caused by a defect in the chimney.

Feb. 15, 1837. — R ev - Nathaniel Howe of Hopkinton died, aged 73 years. He preached
in that town forty years, and was one of the most original characters.

Feb. 15, 1842. — Lire in Southborough. Dana Flagg's carpenter shop was entirely con-
sumed. The fire caught in the shavings. Loss, Jsiooo; insurance on the building, $300.

Feb. 15, 1846. — A furious snow storm. About a font of snow fell a few clays before
this date. %

Feb. 15, 1865. — Marlborough (las Co. incorporated. Capital not to exceed #50,000;
real estate not to exceed $20,000. Corporators, Samuel Boyd, Joseph Boyd, Thomas Corey.

Feb. 15, 1868. — Capt. Jonathan Bruce, a native of Marlborough, died at Hudson, Mass.,
aged 76 years. Lor 22 years he was superintendent of the Boston Light, rnd afterwards a
very successful pilot.

Feb. 16, 1733. — Col. Thomas Howe of Marlborough died, aged 77 years. He was an
active and prominent citizen, and was for many years one of their selectmen and represen-
tatives. He kept a public house; was deputy sheriff and justice of the peace. In 1704 he
marched to the relief of Lancaster, when the Indians burned the meeting-house. In 1707,
he raised a company and marched in pursuit of the Indians, into what is now Sterling.

Feb. 17, 1805. — Died in Marlborough, Mis. Ann Quincy, aged So years, widow of
Josiah Quincy, and mother of Mis. Nancy Packard, who died Feb. 3, 1S44, in Lancaster,
aged 80 years.

Fell. 17, 1827. — A great body of snow upon the ground — two to three feet in the woods.
This day Silas Felton, Esq., surveyed Mai. Henry Rice's land, near the old meeting-house
common, on rackets.

P"eb. 18, 1867. — The compiler of these events heard a good lecture at Northborough, by
Rev. Jacob M. Manning of Boston, on " Samuel Adams, the Patriot of the Revolution."

Feb. 19, 1711-12. — The Town of Marlborough voted to furnish the new meeting-house,
erected last year. They voted that pews "shall be granted to such persons as the town
shall see cause, provided they build upon their own cost." They chose James Taylor. Jr.
and John Bigelow, to be head workmen to finish the new meeting-house.

Feb. 19, 1S52.— Splendid display of the Auroral Lights.

Feb. 19, 1869. — George Francis Train spoke in Marlborough; also on March 11. He
said he was going to be President in 1873.


Feb. 20, 1847. — Hon. Elijah Brigham Witherbee died at Detroit, Mich., aged 42 years.
He was born in Marlborough, and had been town treasurer in his native town.

Feb. 20, 1876. — Sunday. Commemoration services by Centennial discourse in Lancas-
ter, by Rev. A. P. Marvin, in commemoration of the destruction of the town by the Indians,
Feb. 21, 1676. Mr. Marvin has since written the " History of Lancaster, Mass."

Feb. 20, 1878. — Rev. Wm. Morse died at Franklin, N. H., aged 80 years. He preached
in Marlborough, Mass., ten years; in Tyngsborough, nine years; in Chelmsford, several
years. He was born in Pomfret, Conn., before that town was divided and Putman incor-

Feb. 21, 1676, X. S. — King Philip, accompanied by the Narragansetts, the Nipmucks,
and the Nashaway Indians, made an attack upon Lancaster. Burned Rev. Mr. Rowland-
son's house and half the buildings in the town. Fifty or more persons were slain or taken
captives. It was thought there were 1500 Indians collected together.

Feb. 21, i860. — Great fire at Westborough— the steam power works of Otis F. Vinton,
for making sleighs, wagons, etc. Loss, $10,000; three-fourths insured.

Feb. 21, 1873. — The most severe snow storm of the season; the railroad trains were
snow-bound. The Marlborough and Worcester stage coach could not get through. It
drifted badly the next day.

Feb. 22, 1862. — Monday morning commenced a violent snow storm, with high winds,
and continued all clay. Left the snow in piles; judged to have been eighteen inches. '

Feb. 22, 1816. — Hon. Elijah Brigham of Westborough, a member of Congress, died at
Washington, D. C, aged 64 years. Was a member of Congress 5 years. He was born in
what is now Northborough. Son of Col. Levi Brigham of Northborough.

Feb. 22, 1852. — Fire in Stow. Samuel Sawin's barn, with fifteen to twenty tons of
hay, was destroyed. Loss, $800; insured in the Marlborough Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
for $200.

Feb. 22, 1868. — A cold day and a cruel race. Two horses driven on a wager for a purse
of $1000 from Brighton through Marlborough to Worcester. Time, 2 hours and 24 min-
utes. One or both horses soon afterwards died.

Feb. 22, 1879. —Died at Northborough, Gill Valentine, Esq., aged 90 years. He was
formerly a land surveyor, postmaster and deputy sheriff at Northborough. For fifteen
years he was auditor for the city of Worcester. In 1871 he moved back to Northborough.
About 7 weeks after Mr. Valentine's death, April 11, his son, Thomas W. Valentine, who
was for many years a school teacher, died at Brooklyn, N. V., aged 61 years.

Feb. 23, 1873. — Rev. Joseph Allen, D. D., of Northborough, died, aged 82 years. He
was settled there in 1816. He was the author of the " History of Northborough," and of
several other works.

Feb. 25, 1862. — About 2 o'clock, A. M., fire in Marlborough. Very strong wind at the
time. Wm. Giles' house was burned, on the west side of Shoestring hill. He had another
built on the same spot, where he now resides.

Feb. 26, 1869. — Hudson Savings Bank incorporated. Corporators, Francis Brigham, E.
M. Stuwe and George Houghton.

Feb. 26, 1879. — Sudden death. Dr. Henry Barnes of Northborough, aged 68 years.
He was born in Marlborough Feb. 7, 181 1, and was brother of the late Dr. E. F. Barnes
of that town. Dr. Barnes was a prominent physician. He married, in 1837, a daughter of
Dr. Ball in Northborough, where he resided up to the time of his death, and where he was
a leading citizen and selectman for a few years. His son, Henry J. Barnes, is also a phy-

Feb. 28, 1S39. — Hon. Alexander Hill Everett, lectured in Marlborough; subject, "The
Battle of New Orleans," Jan. 8, 181 5.

Feb. 29, 1816. — Rev. Peter Whitney of Northborough died, aged 72 years. He was

pastor in that town 48 years. Author of the " History of Worcester County," published in


Feb. 29, 1848. — Dr. John B. Kittredge of Framingham, died, aged 76 years. He was a
prominent physician, and his practice extended into adjoining towns.


March, first week, 1855. — Marlborough Branch .Railroad opened from Feltonville to
Marlborough centre, northeast of the High School building and cemetery.

March 1, 1702. — John Holman of Milton commenced keeping school in Marlborough.
He received £7 for teaching 4 months, in reading, writing, and casting accounts, also Latin.
Supposed he was the third public schoolmaster that kept in town. He boarded with Widow
Dorothy Howe. He graduated at Harvard College in 1700. Mr. Holman died in 1759.

March 1, 1754. — Funeral of Benjamin Goodale of Marlborough. He died Feb. 27,
aged 67 years. His wife died one week before, Feb. 20, 1755. The pall bearers were
Nathaniel Hathorne, Uriah Newton, James Russell, Robert Baker, Robert Sproule and
Joseph Hapgood.

March 2, 1 704-5. — The Town of Marlborough paid Samuel Ward, Sen., for entertain-
ing ministers, — -Mr. Whiting, Mr. Willard, Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Breck, Mr. Severs, — £§ and
2 shillings.

March 2, 1812. — The first town meeting in the first Spring Hill meeting house was held
this day. Silas Felton was elected moderator. The annual March meetings were held
there 4 years, until the East Centre school house was built in 1816, where all town meetings
were held until 1820.

March 2, 1875. — Re-union of newspaper men in Marlborough. A poem was given by
Miss Martha L. Ames. Several journalists from out of town were present.

March 3, 1865. — Died at Elizabeth, N. J., Samson V. S. Wilder, Esq., aged 84 years,
formerly of Bolton, Mass., and founder of the Wayside meeting house. In September
1824, Gen. La Fayette stopped at Mr. Wilder's place in Bolton.

March 3, 1876. — Sudden death. Wm. Wallace of Marlborough visited his friend, Dr.
Albee of Hopkinton, with the intention of spending the day. He died while unharnessing
his horse. The cause of his death was heart disease. He was a large portly man, and 57
years of age.

March 4, 1770. — The date of the lasc town meeting in Marlborough, called "In His
Majesty's Name." The next town meeting in May, was warned " In the Name of the Gov-
ernment and People of Massachusetts Bay." After the adoption of the State Constitution
in 1780, in the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

March 4, 1S05. — Bounty on dead crows. The Town of Marlborough offered a bounty
on old crows killed in town, 25 cents apiece; for young crows 12 1-2 cents. For several
years the bounty was just half of the above-named amount.

March 4, 1875. — Died in Hudson, George S. Rawson, Esq., aged 53 years. He was a
land surveyor, and many years a school teacher, and one of the school committee.

March 5, 1845. The Fitchburg Railroad opened to Fitchburg, 49 miles in length. The
rails weighing 56 pounds to the yard.

March 5, 1867. — First trial of the tire extinguisher in Marlborough. Many people

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