Newpaper Clipping

    Federalists (1810)     Manufacturing Meeting (1815)                     Water Board Report (1897)     Board of Health (1918-1919)

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Community Get Togethers

Image of the Centennial Medal

    Centennial Celebration of 1808       Baseball (1858)                       Literary Entertainment (1886)       Alumni Association (1889)                     Memorial Day (1895)         Hypnotized (1897)          …

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Everyday Life and Fun Facts

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    Grapevines (before 1620)     Farmers’ Almanac (1792)                     Before The Reservoir (1800’s)     Statues (1800’s)                     Railroads (1890’s)     Oakdale Hauntings (1899)                    …

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Population (1800’s)

Population, news article

Population can be hard to comprehend. It can be hard to wrap your mind around the thought of 7 billion people living on Earth living their own complicated, beautiful lives. Thankfully, West Boylston is and always has been a small town, so we don’t have to strain too hard. Below is a clipping from a…

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Mary’s Little Lamb (Date Unknown)

NursuryRhyme, News Article

Sometimes the best stories sound made up. Like the story we’re about to tell you—a story which involves one of the most well-known nursery rhymes, billionaire automobile tycoon Henry Ford, and the world’s most expensive bell. If you’ve ever driven through Sterling center, you may have seen the statue of a small lamb on the…

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News for Independence Day (1905)

News, news article for independence day 1905

“West Boylston, July 4th, 1905 – There was more noise in West Boylston today than for many years. No accidents were reported.”  It is very nice to see an accident-free news article for such an important holiday!

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Federalists (1810)

Federalists, news article from 1810

If you’ve seen the musical Hamilton (or have listened to the soundtrack on unending repeat and have only dreamed of seeing it live), you probably know a little about the early conflict between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Put simply, the Federalists supported a strong central government and nationalized banks, services, etc., while their opponents…

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Manufacturing Meeting (1815)

ManufacturingMeeting, news article

Looking through historical texts and newspapers in our Local History Room can often be challenging. A lot of the time, you’re looking for something exciting to jump out at you—a famous person visiting town or, even, a catastrophe which forever changed the face of West Boylston. But part of studying history is learning to love…

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Water Board Report (1897)

WaterBoardReport, News Article

The construction of the reservoir in the 1890s and early 1900s took a toll on West Boylston and, to a lesser extent, our neighboring communities. Mills and homes were torn down or else bought and moved to other parts of the state. Some of these displaced houses sold for anywhere from $5 to a whopping…

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Board of Health 1918-1919

BoardofHealth, news article

From 1918 to 1919, a powerful strain of influenza, commonly known as Spanish Influenza, killed approximately 60 million people worldwide. The flu was unusual because it killed previously healthy people in their 20s-40s within hours or days, whereas normal strains of influenza mostly kill the elderly, the very young, or people with previous conditions. In…

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