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New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA

New Bedford includes: Acushnet Station, Belleville, Cannonville, Clark Point, Clifford, Germantown, Kenersonville, Plainville, Rockdale, Shawmut, Weld Street Station, and Winterville.


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  • 1640 - New Bedford is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1787 - New Bedford is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Bedford, Mass., Corner Union and Water Streets in 1810.
    The Building at the extreme left of the picture was formerly the residence of William Rotch, Great-Grandfather of Ex-Mayor Morgan Rotch. The Elder Rotch may be seen in his chaise in the... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - NEW BEDFORD. [Pop. 12,087. Inc. 1787.]
    This town, called by the Indians Acushnet, was once a part of Dartmouth.

    The first settlers are supposed to have belonged to the Society of...Read MORE...


  • 1847 - New Bedford is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • News 1850 - Better Get Married
    Out of 258 deaths in New Bedford, Massachusetts, last year, 56 were married females, and 183 single.
    The Sun
    Baltimore, Maryland
    January 16, 1850

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

  • 1854 - New Bedford
    New Bedford, a city, port of entry, and semi-capital of Bristol county, Massachusetts, is situated on a small estuary formed by Buzzard's Bay, 65 mile...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - Unseasonable Weather
    On the 22d of December, the weather was so unseasonable in the neighborhood of New Bedford, Massachusetts, that the farmers employed their teams in pl...Read MORE...


  • 1861 - The African Slave-Trade.; ARREST OF TWO NEW-BEDFORD MEN ON A CHARGE OF FITTING OUT A SLAVER.
    Standard of Aug. 9

    The New-Bedford (Mass.) says:

    "Deputy United States Marshal, S.H. BICKNELL, of Boston, arrived in this city last evening, hav...Read MORE...


  • News 1862 - Whale Ship Burned by Confederates
    September 18, 1862

    The whale ship Elisha Dunbar of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was captured and burned by the Confederate privateer Alabama....Read MORE...


  • News 1863 - A Drafted Clergyman.; HE DETERMINES TO SHOULDER THE MUSKET.
    Rev. W.J. POTTER, Unitarian clergyman, in New-Bedford, Mass., was among the drafted in that town, and on the Sunday succeeding the day when he was dra...Read MORE...


  • News 1866 - A New Sect.
    We see by our Eastern exchanges that a new religious sect has sprung up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. One of its most admirable peculiarities is the ...Read MORE...


  • News 1866 - Stole Money from Letters
    A lad seventeen years of age, employed as a clerk in the postoffice at New Bedford, Massachusetts, has been arrested for opening letters and purloinin...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - Wealthiest in America
    In proportion to population, New Bedford (Mass.) is the wealthiest city in America.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 3, 1868

  • News 1870 - Babies Abandoned
    A pair of baby girls have been left at a house in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and it has been discovered that the father of them is seventeen years ol...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Our Frozen Possessions - A Sea Captain's Opinion About Mr. Seward's Purchase - The North-West Pasasge.
    We make the following extracts from a letter recently written to the Titusville Herald by Capt. LEONARD HARTWELL, of New-Bedford, Mass.:

    "Having sp...Read MORE...


  • News 1872 - 5 Drowned
    New Bedford, Mass., January 22. - A sad accident occurred here yesterday. Five boys, two named Wilkinson, two named Smith and one named Sharplier were...Read MORE...


  • News 1875 - Measles
    The measles keep eight hundred children out of the public schools of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
    Harrisburg Telegraph
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    May 31, 1875

  • News 1876 - Fell from Ship Topmast
    Robert H. Auld, a ship-rigger, fell from the topmast of a vessel at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday, and was instantly killed.
    The Times
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    November 20, 1876

  • 1876 - July 31 - US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford MA)

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  • News 1888 - Two earthquake shocks occurred at New Bedford, Mass., on the 29th.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888

  • News 1890 - Explosion of Dynamite at New Bedford.
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 5 - Workmen engaged in the excavation of a sewer trench in Grape street to-day had a narrow escape from death. One man went t...Read MORE...


  • New Bedford Massachusetts, 1890
    NEW BEDF0RD, long noted for its whale fisheries and for the wealth and urbanity of its people, is a city of 5,598 dwelling-houses and 33,393 inhabitan...Read MORE...


  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Weld Square
  • News 1893 - Lizzie Borden acquitted in murder of parents in New Bedford Mass

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    June 20, 1893

  • 1895 - New Bedford
    New Bedford, a city and port of entry of Massachusetts, one of the capitals of Bristol co, is situated on the W. bank of the Acushnet River, near its ...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - An Eastern Cyclone - New Bedford, Massachusetts is Devastated by Wind.
    THE LOSS IS OVER $100,000.
    Buildings Blown Down and Many Persons Injured - Fire Adds to the Horrors of the Occasion

    New Bedford, Mass., Sept. 19 -...Read MORE...


  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Whalers at Pier, New Bedford, Mass.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Hazelwood Park, New Bedford, Mass.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    State Armory
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    City Hall & Library
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    North Congregational Church
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Parker House
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Post Office
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    New Bedford, Mass. North Congregational Church. Purchase Street.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Purchase Street, New Bedford, Mass.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Engine No. 4, Fire Department, 1904
  • 1906
    New Bedford, a city and port of entry of Massachusetts, one of the capitals of Bristol co., is situated on the bank of the Acushnet River, near its mo...Read MORE...


  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Fort Rodman, 1907
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Clifford School
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    One of New Bedford Quaint Streets. Johney Cake Hill, Corner Union and Bethel Streets.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Nonquitt Mill, built 1906 on Belleville Avenue by Nonquitt Spinning Company
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Street Railway Transfer Station, 1910
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Soule Mill, built 1901 on Sawyer St.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Textile School, 1910
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Wamsutta Mills, built 1846, on Acushnet Ave
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    The Old and The New No. 9 Engine
    New Bedford Fire Department
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Sylvia Ann Howland School, 1911
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Purchase Street North from Union Street
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    NEW BEDFORD ICE COMPANY
    Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
    ICE
    12 SCHOOL STREET

    New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1912 Publisher: Boston :... Read MORE...

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    The ACUSHNET SANITARIUM
    Sanitarium Treatment
    Electric Light Baths
    Hydro-Electric Baths
    Sitz Baths
    Spray and Shower Baths
    Nauheim Baths
    Radioescent Lights
    Scotch Douche
    Salt Glows
    Massage - General and Facial

    All Treatments given by... Read MORE...

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Private Wires to New York and Boston
    G. J. SWAIN & CO.
    Stock and Investment Brokers

    Room 4, Cummings Bldg., New Bedford, Mass.

    New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author:... Read MORE...

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    FIRST NATIONAL BANK
    110 Union Street, corner of South Second Street

    CAPITAL $1,000,000
    SURPLUS AND UNDIVIDED PROFITS 700,000

    New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author: W.A. ... Read MORE...

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    New High School, 1913
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    R.R. Station
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Sturtevant's Garage
    14 Ward St.
    New Bedford

    New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1915) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1915 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    The Wilson Inn
    Corner of Purchase and Walnut Sts.
    New Bedford

    New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1915) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1915 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough &... Read MORE...

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Loading Pavilion of Coaster, Overlooking Bay, Acushnet Park
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Third District Court House and Mechanics National Bank
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Registry of Deeds and Y.M.C.A. Buildings
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Olympia Theatre
  • News 1928 - LOSS REACHES $371,000 AT NEW BEDFORD FIRE
    General Alarm Sounded at Early Morning Blaze - Commercial House Razed

    New Bedford, Jan. 29 - (AP) - A general alarm at 2:30 this morning called the...Read MORE...


  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    Nurses' Home. St. Luke's Hospital.
  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New En...Read MORE...


  • New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
    The New Bedford Hotel
  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...At New Bedford, Mass., high tides flooded a power station cutting off all electric current to the city...

    The Times Record Troy New York 1954-08...Read MORE...


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

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Old Bedford, Mass., Corner Union and Water Streets in 1810.
The Building at the extreme left of the picture was formerly the residence of William Rotch, Great-Grandfather of Ex-Mayor Morgan Rotch. The Elder Rotch may be seen in his chaise in the... Read MORE...

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Weld Square

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Whalers at Pier, New Bedford, Mass.

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Hazelwood Park, New Bedford, Mass.

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New Bedford, Mass. North Congregational Church. Purchase Street.

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Purchase Street, New Bedford, Mass.

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State Armory

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City Hall & Library

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North Congregational Church

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Parker House

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Post Office

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Engine No. 4, Fire Department, 1904

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Old Fort Rodman, 1907

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The Old and The New No. 9 Engine
New Bedford Fire Department

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Clifford School

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One of New Bedford Quaint Streets. Johney Cake Hill, Corner Union and Bethel Streets.

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Nonquitt Mill, built 1906 on Belleville Avenue by Nonquitt Spinning Company

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Street Railway Transfer Station, 1910

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Soule Mill, built 1901 on Sawyer St.

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Textile School, 1910

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Wamsutta Mills, built 1846, on Acushnet Ave

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Sylvia Ann Howland School, 1911

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NEW BEDFORD ICE COMPANY
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
ICE
12 SCHOOL STREET

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1912 Publisher: Boston :... Read MORE...

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The ACUSHNET SANITARIUM
Sanitarium Treatment
Electric Light Baths
Hydro-Electric Baths
Sitz Baths
Spray and Shower Baths
Nauheim Baths
Radioescent Lights
Scotch Douche
Salt Glows
Massage - General and Facial

All Treatments given by... Read MORE...

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Private Wires to New York and Boston
G. J. SWAIN & CO.
Stock and Investment Brokers

Room 4, Cummings Bldg., New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author:... Read MORE...

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FIRST NATIONAL BANK
110 Union Street, corner of South Second Street

CAPITAL $1,000,000
SURPLUS AND UNDIVIDED PROFITS 700,000

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1912) Author: W.A. ... Read MORE...

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Purchase Street North from Union Street

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New High School, 1913

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Sturtevant's Garage
14 Ward St.
New Bedford

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1915) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1915 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.

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The Wilson Inn
Corner of Purchase and Walnut Sts.
New Bedford

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1915) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1915 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough &... Read MORE...

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R.R. Station

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Loading Pavilion of Coaster, Overlooking Bay, Acushnet Park

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Third District Court House and Mechanics National Bank

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Registry of Deeds and Y.M.C.A. Buildings

New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
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Olympia Theatre

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Nurses' Home. St. Luke's Hospital.

New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
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The New Bedford Hotel
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  • 1640 - New Bedford is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • History of New Bedford, Massachusetts


    History of New Bedford, Massachusetts (www.youtube.com)
  • 1787 - New Bedford is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - NEW BEDFORD. [Pop. 12,087. Inc. 1787.]
    This town, called by the Indians Acushnet, was once a part of Dartmouth.

    The first settlers are supposed to have belonged to the Society... Read MORE...

  • 1847 - New Bedford is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • News  1850 - Better Get Married
    Out of 258 deaths in New Bedford, Massachusetts, last year, 56 were married females, and 183 single. The Sun
    Baltimore, Maryland
    January 16, 1850
  • 1854 - New Bedford
    New Bedford, a city, port of entry, and semi-capital of Bristol county, Massachusetts, is situated on a small estuary formed by Buzzard's Bay, 65... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - Unseasonable Weather
    On the 22d of December, the weather was so unseasonable in the neighborhood of New Bedford, Massachusetts, that the farmers employed their teams in... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - The African Slave-Trade.; ARREST OF TWO NEW-BEDFORD MEN ON A CHARGE OF FITTING OUT A SLAVER.
    Standard of Aug. 9

    The New-Bedford (Mass.) says:

    "Deputy United States Marshal, S.H. BICKNELL, of Boston, arrived in this city last evening,... Read MORE...

  • News  1862 - Whale Ship Burned by Confederates
    September 18, 1862

    The whale ship Elisha Dunbar of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was captured and burned by the Confederate privateer... Read MORE...

  • News  1863 - A Drafted Clergyman.; HE DETERMINES TO SHOULDER THE MUSKET.
    Rev. W.J. POTTER, Unitarian clergyman, in New-Bedford, Mass., was among the drafted in that town, and on the Sunday succeeding the day when he was... Read MORE...

  • News  1866 - Stole Money from Letters
    A lad seventeen years of age, employed as a clerk in the postoffice at New Bedford, Massachusetts, has been arrested for opening letters and... Read MORE...

  • News  1866 - A New Sect.
    We see by our Eastern exchanges that a new religious sect has sprung up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. One of its most admirable peculiarities is the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - Wealthiest in America
    In proportion to population, New Bedford (Mass.) is the wealthiest city in America. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    September 3, 1868
  • News  1870 - Babies Abandoned
    A pair of baby girls have been left at a house in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and it has been discovered that the father of them is seventeen years... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Our Frozen Possessions - A Sea Captain's Opinion About Mr. Seward's Purchase - The North-West Pasasge.
    We make the following extracts from a letter recently written to the Titusville Herald by Capt. LEONARD HARTWELL, of New-Bedford, Mass.:

    "Having... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - 5 Drowned
    New Bedford, Mass., January 22. - A sad accident occurred here yesterday. Five boys, two named Wilkinson, two named Smith and one named Sharplier... Read MORE...

  • News  1875 - Measles
    The measles keep eight hundred children out of the public schools of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Harrisburg Telegraph
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    May 31, 1875
  • 1876 - July 31 - US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford MA)

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  • News  1876 - Fell from Ship Topmast
    Robert H. Auld, a ship-rigger, fell from the topmast of a vessel at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday, and was instantly killed. The Times
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    November 20, 1876
  • News  1888 - Two earthquake shocks occurred at New Bedford, Mass., on the 29th.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888
  • New Bedford Massachusetts, 1890
    NEW BEDF0RD, long noted for its whale fisheries and for the wealth and urbanity of its people, is a city of 5,598 dwelling-houses and 33,393... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - Explosion of Dynamite at New Bedford.
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 5 - Workmen engaged in the excavation of a sewer trench in Grape street to-day had a narrow escape from death. One man went... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - Lizzie Borden acquitted in murder of parents in New Bedford Mass

    historyorb.com
    June 20, 1893
  • 1895 - New Bedford
    New Bedford, a city and port of entry of Massachusetts, one of the capitals of Bristol co, is situated on the W. bank of the Acushnet River, near its ... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - An Eastern Cyclone - New Bedford, Massachusetts is Devastated by Wind.
    THE LOSS IS OVER $100,000.
    Buildings Blown Down and Many Persons Injured - Fire Adds to the Horrors of the Occasion

    New Bedford, Mass., Sept. 19... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    New Bedford, a city and port of entry of Massachusetts, one of the capitals of Bristol co., is situated on the bank of the Acushnet River, near its... Read MORE...

  • News  1928 - LOSS REACHES $371,000 AT NEW BEDFORD FIRE
    General Alarm Sounded at Early Morning Blaze - Commercial House Razed

    New Bedford, Jan. 29 - (AP) - A general alarm at 2:30 this morning called... Read MORE...

  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...At New Bedford, Mass., high tides flooded a power station cutting off all electric current to the city...

    The Times Record Troy New York... Read MORE...

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

    historyorb.com

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1898 New Bedford Directory

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