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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...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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Riverside Inn, Chester, Mass.
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  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Railroad Station
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street Bridge (Westfield River)
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Bird's Eye View of Chester, Mass., Looking North
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, 1910
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Tannery Dam
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    The Berkshire Hills, near Chester, Mass., 1912
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street looking East, 1912
  • 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...


  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Blue Door Tea Shop
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Huntington Road
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    Grammar School
  • Chester, Massachusetts, USA
    High School & Library
  • 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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Riverside Inn, Chester, Mass.

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Main Street Bridge (Westfield River)

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

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Main Street, 1910

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The Berkshire Hills, near Chester, Mass., 1912

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Main Street looking East, 1912

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Huntington Road


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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...

  • 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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