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Chester, Massachusetts, USA

Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

In March of 1932, deep in the midst of the
Great Depression, forty employees of the
Chester Granite Quarry Company went on strike
over a wage dispute.
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Chester includes: Bonney Ridge Four Corners, Dayville, and Littleville.


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  • 1760 - Chester is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1765 - Chester is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1845 - CHESTER. [Pop. 1,632. Inc. 1765.]
    A factory village is at the southeastern corner of the township, but the rest of the town is agricultural.

    Westfield River runs through Che...Read MORE...


  • News 1848 - Justice?
    A few days since, Edwin Austen, of Chester, Mass, ran away with the wife and two children of Edwin Wilcox, of the same place. The injured husband purs...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Chester
    This town was incorporated in 1765. The Rev. Aaron Bascom and. Samuel M. Emerson appear to have been the first ministers. Rev. Rufus Pomeroy was settl...Read MORE...


  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Riverside Inn, Chester, Mass.

    Originally built as a two-story house in 1850, it was initially occupied by Chester Railway station master E.D. Cook, who was once accused and tried for selling intoxicating beverages at the train station. Smith-Lee... Read MORE...

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  • 1854 - Chester
    Chester, a post-township of Hampden co. Mass. on the Western railroad 100 miles W. by S. from Boston. Population, 1521.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • 1859
    CHESTER, a township of Hampden co., in the state of Massachusetts, 116 m. SW of Boston. It is generally mountainous, and is drained by branches of Wes...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - Hiram Smith, and eccentric old bachelor at Chester, Mass., is having his sepulcher hewn in a large rock in that town.
    He pays a man $700 to do the work, and by the stipulation the cave is to be seven feet long, four wide, and four deep, and after his coffin is put in,...Read MORE...


  • News 1880 - A New York dispatch says: It is believed a practically inexhaustible supply of emery ore has been discovered near Peekskill.
    The discovery is regarded as one of the greatest importance, from the fact that this metal, in a sufficiently pure state to make it marketable, is fou...Read MORE...


  • Chester Massachusetts, 1890
    Chester, noted for its wild and picturesque scenery, occupies the northwest extremity of Hampden County, and has for its bounds, Worthington on the no...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - A TRAIN'S FATAL PLUNGE IT GOES THROUGH A BRIDGE IN MASSACHUSETTS
    The Locomotive Got Across Safely, But Four Wagner Cars Plunged Into the Stream - Many Persons Killed or Injured - The Scene at the Wreck.

    The Chica...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Chester
    Chester, a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., on a branch of Westfield River, 28 miles by rail W.N.W. of Springfield. It has 2 emery-mills, 2 churche...Read MORE...


  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Railroad Station
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street Bridge (Westfield River)
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Bird's Eye View of Chester, Mass., Looking North
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, 1910
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Tannery Dam
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    The Berkshire Hills, near Chester, Mass., 1912
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street looking East, 1912
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  • 1916
    Chester, a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., on a branch of the Westfield River and on the Boston and Albany R., 28 miles WNW. of Springfield. It ha...Read MORE...


  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Blue Door Tea Shop
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Huntington Road
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Grammar School
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    High School & Library
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  • 1975 - August 2 - 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)

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  • 1981 - January 12 - 35°F, Chester, Massachusetts (state record)

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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Chester, Massachusetts, USA


Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Riverside Inn, Chester, Mass.

Originally built as a two-story house in 1850, it was initially occupied by Chester Railway station master E.D. Cook, who was once accused and tried for selling intoxicating beverages at the train station. Smith-Lee... Read MORE...

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Railroad Station

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Main Street Bridge (Westfield River)

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Old Tannery Dam

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Bird's Eye View of Chester, Mass., Looking North

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Main Street, 1910

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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The Berkshire Hills, near Chester, Mass., 1912

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Main Street looking East, 1912

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Blue Door Tea Shop

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Huntington Road

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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Grammar School

Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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High School & Library

History, News and Stories of Chester, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1760 - Chester is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1765 - Chester is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - CHESTER. [Pop. 1,632. Inc. 1765.]
    A factory village is at the southeastern corner of the township, but the rest of the town is agricultural.

    Westfield River runs through... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Chester
    This town was incorporated in 1765. The Rev. Aaron Bascom and. Samuel M. Emerson appear to have been the first ministers. Rev. Rufus Pomeroy was... Read MORE...

  • News  1848 - Justice?
    A few days since, Edwin Austen, of Chester, Mass, ran away with the wife and two children of Edwin Wilcox, of the same place. The injured husband... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Chester
    Chester, a post-township of Hampden co. Mass. on the Western railroad 100 miles W. by S. from Boston. Population, 1521.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1859
    CHESTER, a township of Hampden co., in the state of Massachusetts, 116 m. SW of Boston. It is generally mountainous, and is drained by branches of... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Hiram Smith, and eccentric old bachelor at Chester, Mass., is having his sepulcher hewn in a large rock in that town.
    He pays a man $700 to do the work, and by the stipulation the cave is to be seven feet long, four wide, and four deep, and after his coffin is put... Read MORE...


    Read more about Hiram SMITH
  • News  1880 - A New York dispatch says: It is believed a practically inexhaustible supply of emery ore has been discovered near Peekskill.
    The discovery is regarded as one of the greatest importance, from the fact that this metal, in a sufficiently pure state to make it marketable, is... Read MORE...

  • Chester Massachusetts, 1890
    Chester, noted for its wild and picturesque scenery, occupies the northwest extremity of Hampden County, and has for its bounds, Worthington on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - A TRAIN'S FATAL PLUNGE IT GOES THROUGH A BRIDGE IN MASSACHUSETTS
    The Locomotive Got Across Safely, But Four Wagner Cars Plunged Into the Stream - Many Persons Killed or Injured - The Scene at the Wreck.

    The... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Chester
    Chester, a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., on a branch of Westfield River, 28 miles by rail W.N.W. of Springfield. It has 2 emery-mills, 2... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Chester, a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., on a branch of the Westfield River and on the Boston and Albany R., 28 miles WNW. of Springfield. It... Read MORE...

  • 1975 - August 2 - 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)

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  • 1981 - January 12 - 35°F, Chester, Massachusetts (state record)

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