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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 1855 view of Pittsfield from a newspaper
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

1855 view of Pittsfield from a newspaper
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Date: December 03, 1868
Location: Massachusetts
Paper: Pittsfield Sun
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Date: December 03, 1868
Location: Massachusetts
Paper: Pittsfield Sun
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association Plant
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association Plant "Then and Now"
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) bottle opener. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) bottle opener. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.




Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association  (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.




Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association  (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.




Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - East Street and First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Mass.
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East Street and First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Mass.
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Mass.
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Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Mass.
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Maplewood Hotel. Pittsfield, Mass.
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Maplewood Hotel. Pittsfield, Mass.
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - South St. Pittsfield, MA - 1916
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

South St. Pittsfield, MA - 1916




Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 363 Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts - Home of Jacob and Louisa Ellen Feige Gimlich
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

363 Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts - Home of Jacob and Louisa Ellen Feige Gimlich
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)
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Where is Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA? 

Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
In 1738, a wealthy Bostonian, Col. Jacob Wendell, bought 24,000 acres (97 km2) of lands known originally as Pontoosuck, a Mohican Indian word meaning “a field or haven for winter deer,” as a speculative investment, which he planned to subdivide and resell to others who would settle here. He formed a partnership with Philip Livingston, a wealthy kinsman from Albany, and Col. John Stoddard of Northampton, who already had claim to 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) here.

A group of young men came and began to clear the land in 1743, but threats of Indian raids associated with the conflict of the French and Indian War soon forced them to leave, and the land remained unoccupied by whites for several more years.

Soon, many others arrived from Westfield, Massachusetts, and a village began to grow, which was incorporated as Pontoosuck Plantation in 1753 by Solomon Deming, Simeon Crofoot, Stephen Crofoot, Charles Goodrich, Jacob Ensign, Samuel Taylor, and Elias Woodward. Mrs. Deming was both the first and the last of the original settlers, and she died in March, 1818 at the age of 92. Solomon Deming died in 1815 at the age of 96.

Pittsfield was officially incorporated in 1761. Royal Governor, Sir Francis Bernard named Pittsfield after British nobleman and politician William Pitt. By 1761 there were 200 residents and the plantation became the Township of Pittsfield.wikipedia


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1814 - First Agricultural Fair in America
Elkanah Watson exhibited his two Marino sheep on the public square in Pittsfield in 1807. The Massachusetts born Watson is without question “the father of American Fairs” as we know them today. The Berkshire Agricultural Society was incorporated on February 25, 1811 and the first Fair help in this ...Read MORE...


1. PITTSFIELD. [Pop. 8,747. Inc. 1761.]
Pittsfield was granted to Boston, and called Boston Plantation, No. 3.

The Indian name of this town was Poontoosuck, and it was named Pittsfield, in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, an English statesman, who eloquently defended the colonies against the oppressive measures of the British...Read MORE...



1859 - First Intercollegiate Baseball Game
In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game is played in Pittsfield. Amherst defeats Williams College 73-32.

"And I think a lot of folks, even big baseball fans, do not realize that the first college baseball game was between Williams and Amherst, and that it was in 1859, that it was played ...Read MORE...



News  1859 - A German Religious Society
We are informed that there is much religious interest among the German population of this vicinity. They have organized a parish under the name of "The German Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Congregation," and elected a consistory of Christian men. Rev. Mr. Grotian, their pastor, is a gentleman of ...Read MORE...


February 23, 1860 - German Lutheran Church
The German Lutheran Society in this town, of which the Rev. Mr. Grotrian, a very excellent man, is pastor, have been engaged for some time in obtaining subscriptions from our citizens to enable them to purchase or build a church the approaching season. There is a prospect that they will...Read MORE...


News  1865 - 19 Marriageable Ladies
In one short street in Pittsfield, Mass., there are nineteen marriageable young ladies, and not an offer. Chicago will supply the nineteen offers on demand - so says a Chicago paper.
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Pittsfield Sun
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
February 9, 1865
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News  1868 - Train Derailment
A train on the Housatonic Railway was thrown from the track, on the 18th, by a broken rail. Every passenger was injured, Miss Sarah Hayes, of Pittsfield, Mass., seriously.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 28, 1868
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News  1869 - Worth the Pie?
An apprentice boy in Pittsfield, Mass., who was exceedingly fond of mince pies, was told by a lady that she would give him one if he would sit upon the stove while she counted 100. He got the pie and two big blisters besides.
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Minnesotian-Herald
Minnesota
June 12, 1869
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News  1871 - Escaped from Jail
A burglar escaped from the jail at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, last week, in an ingenious manner. He began by digging into the wall of his cell, intending to make a hole large enough for him to pass through, but before he got through the wall he discovered that the keys of his cell were hanging on...Read MORE...


News  1871 - Quite a Mean Man
The Pittsfield Mass., Eagle has unearthed the mean man of that village. He is 50 years old, worth $15,000, has driven all his four boys away from home by his stinginess and general cussedness, and when one of them was fatally hurt lately, refused to bring him home. When his wife did bring him, he...Read MORE...


News  1872 - Buried in Pittsfield
The Pittsfield (Mass.) Eagle says that a South Berkshire father, whose child recently died of small pox, being anxious to bury it in a Pittsfield cemetery, and knowing the authorities would not allow it, packed the body in a trunk, and checked it to the town as baggage by the midnight train, and...Read MORE...


News  1877 - Arrest and Escape from Prussia
Jacob Straub, a naturalized citizen resident of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just returned from a visit to his parents near Stroudsberg, Prussia, gives the particulars of his arrest by Purssia officials and enforced service in the army. He finally escaped to France, after many hardships, and embarked ...Read MORE...


News  1879 - Thieves in Men's Clothing
Two women were caught in men's clothes stealing rare plants from a conservatory at Pittsfield, Mass.; and a visit by officer to their home, a few miles from town, revealed the fact that it was filled with stolen flowers. Unable to honestly gratify their love of the beautiful, they had put on...Read MORE...


News  1882 - Tree of Life
A quack physician of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, takes his medicine for all diseases from a bottle labelled: "Water from the tree of life." With this he makes the sing of the cross on patients. He has numerous patients.
Daily Charlotte Observer
Charlotte, North Carolina
February 7, 1882
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News  1884 - Tried to Repel Burglars
Francis Kernochan, a manufacturer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, arose in the night to repel burglars, but stumbled on the stairway and shot himself fatally.
The Belleville Telescope
Belleville, Kansas
October 9, 1884
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News  1885 - 100th Birthday
Mrs. Elizabeth Granger, of Pittsfield, Mass., who has been a widow seventy-five years, celebrated her one hundredth birthday anniversary recently.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 6, 1885
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Pittsfield Massachusetts, 1890
"PITTSFIELD, the seat of justice in Berkshire County, is a large flourishing town, distinguished for the beauty of its scenery, its noble farms and elegant residences. It lies in the middle section of the county, 15l miles from Boston on the Boston and Albany Railroad, which sends a branch from...Read MORE...


1891 - Incorporated
In 1891, the City of Pittsfield is incorporated, and William Stanley, Jr., who had recently relocated his Electric Manufacturing Company to Pittsfield from Great Barrington, produces the first electric transformer. Stanley's enterprise is the forerunner of what would become the internationally...Read MORE...


1902 - Roosevelt
On September 3, 1902, at 10:15 AM, during a two-week tour through New England campaigning for Republican congressmen, the barouche transporting President Theodore Roosevelt from downtown Pittsfield to the Pittsfield Country Club collides head-on with a trolley. Roosevelt, Massachusetts Governor...Read MORE...


News  1902 - PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MIRACULOUSLY ESCAPES DEATH FROM AN ELECTRIC CAR WHICH RUNS DOWN HIS CARRIAGE AND KILLS SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
EXECUTIVE CAUGHT IN WRECK AND BRUISED.

BRAVE GUARD AND THE DRIVER ARE MANGLED.

SECRETARY CORTELYOU ALSO RECEIVES INJURIES.

Pittsfield, Mass., Sept. 3. - The President of the United States escaped a tragic death by only a few feet in a collision between his carriage and an electric...Read MORE...



News  1905 - BERKSHIRE COUNTY. PITTSFIELD. Freight Handler Injured.
John W. Bline, a freight handler employed by the Boston and Albany railroad company, sustained a deep scalp wound and a number of severe bruises late yesterday afternoon by falling from the freight-house platform to the track below. Mr. Bline was engaged in carrying a box from the car to the...Read MORE...


1906
Pittsfield, a city, the capital of Berkshire co., Mass., on the Housatonic River and on the Boston and Albany and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Rs., 151 miles W. of Boston. It is situated in the Berkshire Valley, at an elevation of 1010 feet above sea-level, and is surrounded by mountains....Read MORE...


News  1907 - MISS ROBINSON’S BODY FOUND. Recovered From Pontoosuc Lake Early Yesterday Afternoon — Clothing Did Not Catch Fire.
At 2:30 yesterday afternoon the body of Miss Lucy May Robinson, who was drowned Tuesday night in Pontoosuc lake following the burning of the launch Gwendolin, was brought to the surface. The grappling-irons used by Police Sergeant Flynn and Officer McColgan caught in the skirt of the young woman’s...Read MORE...


News  1908 - BERKSHIRE COUNTY. PITTSFIELD. DAMAGE BY HIGH WIND.
Trees Blown Over, Buildings Damaged and Wires Down as Result of Lively Storm.

A wind and rainstorm that passed over Pittsfield Saturday morning between 11 and 12 o'clock did a large amount of damage in the north part of the city. The storm area was about a mile wide and there was not the...Read MORE...



News  1912 - Ty Cobb Offered Match - Wanted in Pittsfield, Mass., to Meet Billy Mantel
Failing to induce Young Britt or George Chaney to sign agreements for a match, Ty Cobb, the Philadelphian, will likely leave the city in a few days for Pittsfield, Mass., where he has been offered a match with Billy Gallant, a young New Englander, who has attracted much attention of late. Cobb made ...Read MORE...


News  1916 - Wire Netting Bathing Suit
A Pittsfield (Mass). man says he will invent a wire netting bathing suit which will be worn in water invaded by sharks.
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Miami Herald Record
Miami, Florida
August 28, 1916
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News  1927 - Andrew de Giorgis Slips from Sewer Pipe While Trying to Cross Housatonic River on It.
Pittsfield, May 22.— Andrew de Giorgis, 42, of 3 Naples avenue, was drowned in the east branch of the Housatonic river near the Newell-street bridge early this morning. The police have evidence that he had attended a party where drinks were served and fell from the cement covering of a sewer pipe...Read MORE...


News  Tuesday, October 13, 1942 - Looking Backward - 50 Years Ago
Old wooden building used as brewery for many years by Gimlich & White and located in rear of newer brick brewery, torn down.
The Berkshire Evening Eagle
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
October 13, 1942
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News  Tuesday, February 5, 1946 - 25 years ago
Berkshire Brewing Association votes to brew beer no longer, but turn to soft drinks because of prohibition. Officers President David J Gimlich, vice president and secretary John A. White, treasurer George H White, directors, George H White, John A White, Karl O Cyrus, D J Gimlich. John White and...Read MORE...


News  Thursday, January 29, 1948 - Looking Backward - 50 Years Ago
Gimlich & White are storing immense quantities of ice from Silver Lake. Twenty teams are drawing the cakes and 40 men are cutting and stacking.
The Berkshire Evening Eagle
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
January 29, 1948
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News  1949 - Lutheran Church to Mark 90th Anniversary Sunday
More than 900 members of Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate the church's 90th anniversary Sunday morning at 10.45 at the worship service and at a social Wednesday evening in the parish hall.

Organized on Oct 13, 1859, with a congregation of about 30, it was chartered under the name, the...Read MORE...



News  Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - Condemned property burns
Benning W. De La Mater
Wednesday, September 13 PITTSFIELD - A blaze that drew dozens of firefighters and nearly 100 spectators to an abandoned house on Columbus Avenue burned into the night yesterday.

Officials say foul play may be to blame.

Calls of a fully involved structure fire at 363...Read MORE...



News  Thursday, September 14, 2006 - Officials: Fire set on purpose
Benning W. De La Mater
Thursday, September 14 PITTSFIELD -- Fire investigators determined the fire that scorched a condemned house at 363 Columbus Ave. Tuesday night was an act of arson.

"We found more than one point of origin," said Pittsfield Deputy Chief Mark Cancilla. "It looks to have been ...Read MORE...




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