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Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

"Spencer, a post-village in Spencer township, Worcester co, Mass., 1 1/ 2 miles N, of Spencer Station of the Boston & Albany Railroad, and about 12 miles W. of Worcester. Spencer Station is 17 miles W. by S. of Worcester. Spencer contains a high school, a national bank, a savings bank, 3 churches, a newspaper office, woollen-factories, a fine hotel, and 4 or 5 manufactories of boots. Pop. of township, 8747."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Pope Mansion, built 1744

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View from High Street, Spencer, Mass.

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Main Street, Spencer, Mass.

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Business Centre Looking East

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Main St., looking West

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General View of Spencer, Mass., 1905

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B. & A. R. R. Station, Spencer, Mass.

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Cherry Street


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First Congregational Church, 1910

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David Prouty's High School

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Richard Sudgen Library

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Main Street, 1910

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Massasoit Hotel

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Lincoln Street, 1911

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Birthplace of Elias Howe, Inventor of the Sewing Machine

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Isaac Prouty Shoe Factory


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St. Mary's Church, Rectory and Parochial School

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Odd Fellows Hall

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Town Hall

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Methodist Church
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History and News of Spencer, Massachusetts, USA

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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • 30. SPENCER. [Pop. 1,604. Inc. 1753.]
    Spencer was originally a part of Leicester.

    The town is on elevated ground,, but the soil is good, and watered by several small streams... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Spencer
    The whole of this town was included in the original grant of Leicester. It was made a parish in the year 1744, by the name of the West Parish of... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - Wrong Vaccine
    Doctor Fontaine, of Spencer, Mass, was held in $2,000 bonds yesterday for manslaughter in causing the death of a child by using small pox virus for... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
    Elias Howe, inventor of the modern sewing machine; born at Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1819; died in 1867; machinist; sewing machine patented in 1846. ... Read MORE...

  • 1888 - Spencer Fair
    The Spencer Fair was established in 1888.
  • Spencer Massachusetts, 1890
    Spencer is an elevated and beautiful farming and manufacturing town in the southwesterly section of Worcester County, 18 miles from Worcester and 62... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Spencer, a banking post-village in Spencer township (town), Worcester co., Mass., on the Boston and Albany R., and about 12 miles W. of Worcester.... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - WOMAN HURT AS AUTO TURNS OVER
    Spencer, Nov. 24 - Mrs. Justin D. Anderson, wife of the president of the Hartford Rubber Works Company of Hartford, Conn., was severely injured... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - HOTEL BURNED.
    Spencer, Mass., Oct. 7. - Through smoke-filled corridors the thirty guests of the Massasoit house, the largest hotel in Spencer, made hurried exits... Read MORE...

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