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Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA

Pittsfield is one of a number of places in the United States named for Sir William Pitt, earl of Chatham, the celebrated English statesman.
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In 1902, President Roosevelt miraculously escaped death, and the first secret service agent was killed here.

Pittsfield includes: Coltsville, Eveningside, Junction Station, Lower Bakersville, Morningside, Pomeroy, Pontoosuc, Russell's, Shaker Village, Sternsville, Taconic, Tillotson's, Allendale, Arrowhead, Balance Rock, Barkerville, The Bars, Beech Grove, Bel Air, Bobtown, and Camp Merrill.

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Old Farmhouse North of Onota, (Built 1777)

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Van Sicklers Mill, 1906

The cotton factory, erected in 1832 a short distance south of the Elm Street bridge and near the site of the first mill dam built in the town, was owned in 1876 by Martin Van Sickler. He died in 1891, having long outlived his once prosperous enter-prise.

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Date: December 03, 1868
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Berkshire Life Insurance Building

Berkshire Life Insurance Company Building is a historic commercial building at 5-7 North Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It is located in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, facing Park Square across North Street. Built in 1868, it is one of a trio of Second Empire buildings designed by Louis Weisbsein, a Boston architect, whose style influenced later construction in the city. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. wikipedia

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

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

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Central Fire Station

The present central fire station, of brick, facing the head of School Street, was erected in 1895, and
after the dedication of the building, on September twenty-fourth of that year, all divisions of the Pittsfield fire department were, for the first time in its history, suitably housed.

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Hurlbut Stationery Co., Pittsfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
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In 1893, Arthur W. Eaton, then president of the Hurlbut Paper Manufacturing Company of South Lee, organized the Hurlbut Stationery Company, in association with William A. Pike of the firm of Hard and Pike, which conducted a modest manufactory of stationery in the city of New York. Pittsfield, rather than South Lee, was finally selected as the headquarters of the enterprise; and the plant of Hard and Pike was removed
from New York to the factory on South Church Street, which had been erected in 1883 for the Terry Clock Company, and had for a year been disused. The purchase of this building by
Mr. Eaton personally in 1893 probably caused the new industry to be established in Pittsfield. There, in August, 1893, the Hurlbut Stationery Company began its course.
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Hotel Wendell, 1898

Located right in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, it opened in 1898 to much fanfare, with dignitaries including Lieutenant Governor Winthrop M. Crane, the paper magnate from nearby Dalton who later served as governor and US senator. It was designed by local architect H. Neill Wilson, in a Renaissance Revival style that was fairly common for hotels at the turn of the century, and included 110 guest rooms and a 250-seat dining room. At the time, Pittsfield was the urban center of the Berkshires, the Gilded Age playground of New York’s rich and famous, and a hotel here was a wise investment...

However, the Hotel Wendell was peaking just as inner-city hotels were about to enter a precipitous decline. The Great Depression had just started and World War II would soon follow, and after the war automobiles and interstate highways drew business away from city centers. Pittsfield, once an important stop on the way from Boston to Albany and points west, was completely... Read MORE...

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East Street and First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Mass.

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Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Mass.

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Maplewood Hotel. Pittsfield, Mass.

What began as the Maplewood Institute, a school for girls, was transformed into the Maplewood Hotel in 1887, three years after the school closed. The hotel could not survive the Great Depression, and it was sold at a bankruptcy auction in 1936. lostnewengland.com

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House of Mercy Hospital

The history of what would become Berkshire Medical Center begins with the House of Mercy. In the 1860's, Dr. Henry H. Childs witnessed poverty and suffering in his clinics and saw the need for a hospital in Pittsfield. The Reverend John Todd, pastor of the First Congregational Church, called for a refuge for sick and poor, or a "House of Mercy." In September of 1874 $5,874.22 was raised at a community bazaar. The eight bed House of Mercy was located at 214 Francis Avenue and opened January 1, 1875, becoming the first house-based hospital in the United States. In its first year the House of Mercy treated over 20 patients. Two years later, when it had outgrown its initial building and moved to a new larger structure at First, North and Tyler Streets, 34 patients were cared for in its thirteen beds.

The House of Mercy took pride in keeping up with new inventions of the day. The first telephone was installed in 1879, a horse drawn ambulance was donated in... Read MORE...

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Crane Museum, 1905

In 1903, Berkshire Museum founder Zenas Crane, inspired by such institutions as the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, decided to blend the best attributes of these establishments in a new museum for the people of Western Massachusetts. Thanks in large part to Crane’s efforts, the broad and varied collections of Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent, from important fine art and sculpture to natural science specimens and ancient artifacts.

As the third-generation owner of Crane & Company, a paper manufacturer that was (and continues to be) the official supplier of paper to the U.S. Treasury, Crane invested his wealth in his community. He actively sought out art and artifacts for Berkshire Museum, and encouraged the development of collections that would bring home to the Berkshires a wide cross-section of the world’s wonders. Berkshire Museum became a “window on the world.”...... Read MORE...

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Former Home of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1906
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Masonic Temple, 1917

On South Street the Masonic Temple was built in 1912, at a construction cost of about $50,000, and devoted to the uses of the Masonic fraternity.

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Miss Hall's School for Girls

Founded in 1898 by Mira Hinsdale Hall, the school burned to the ground in February of 1923. It was rebuilt and opened the following year. Mira Hall welcomed diversity and encouraged students to come to her school from all over the world. This philosophy continues to this day.

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  • 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... Read MORE...

  • 1752 - Pittsfield is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1761 - Pittsfield is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 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 country was in Pittsfield in 1814.

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  • 1839 - Pittsfield
    Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    Berkshire county. This large manufacturing and agricultural town, a mart of trade for a large section of the country, lies 125 miles W. from Boston, 5 N. from Lenox, and 33 E. from Albany, N.Y. Population, 1837, 3,575. The settlement of this place, the Indian Pontoosuck, was commenced in 1736. It was incorporated in 1761. It was a frontier town for some years, and garrisons were erected for the protection of the inhabitants against the inroads of the savages. The town is finely watered by two branches of the Housatonick, which unite near its centre. There are in Pittsfield 6 woolen and 2 cotton mills, and manufactures of muskets, iron castings, tin ware, leather, hats, carriages, prunella buttons, chairs, corn brooms, cabinet ware, &c.; total amount, the year ending April 1, 1837, $688,716. The value of 12,962 fleeces of wool sheared in the town the same year was $19,443. Pittsfield is one of the pleasantest towns in New England: it lies 1,000 feet above the ... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - 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 government.

    The inhabitants were twice driven away by the Indians and French.

    The town is situated in a valley, between two ranges of mountains, and the soil is excellent.

    Several branches of the Housatonic unite in this township, and furnish abundant water-power.

    The chief manufactures are woollen and cotton goods, muskets and carriages.

    Much wool also is raised, and the land is highly cultivated.

    Distance from Lenox, 6 miles ; from Boston, 125.
    An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
  • 1854 - Pittsfield
    Pittsfield, a flourishing post-town of Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on the Western railroad, at the northern terminus of the Housatonic railroad, and southern terminus of the Pittsfield and North Adams railroad, 151 miles W. from Boston, and 49 miles E. S. E. from Albany. Lat. 42° 26' 55" N., Ion. 78° 151 86" W. It is delightfully situated at an elevation of upwards of a thousand feet above the level of the sea, and is handsomely laid out with streets intersecting each other at right angles. In the centre is a fine public square, on which front the principal hotels, the Berkshire Medical School, a flourishing institution founded in 1823, and the First Congregational church, completed in 1853. The latter is an elegant stone edifice, in the Gothic style. The South street Congregational church is also a fine building. Pittsfield contains 8 churches, viz. 3 Congregational, 2 Methodist, 1 Baptist. 1 Episcopal, and 1 Roman Catholic ; a bank, 3 newspaper offices, 3 railroad depots, and... 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 in Pittsfield and used the old 'Massachusetts Rules,' which is not the same as today."

    Not even close.

    Back in that game, coaches and umpires wore tuxedos and top hats.

    Teams had to score 65 runs to win.

    Games were played on a square-shaped field, as the thrower (pitcher) stood 35 feet from the striker (batter) -- positioned between first and "fourth" base (home plate).

    Bases were 60 feet apart.

    Pitchers threw underhand lobs wherever opposing hitters wanted them.

    There was no foul territory.

    And only one out was recorded per half-inning, and outs could be made by pegging players with about a two-ounce ball..."

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  • 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 agreeable manners, a scholar and an eloquent speaker. The congregation has been holding services in the Lecture Room of the First Congregational Church, but will on and after next Sunday occupy the Town Hall. Hereafter, if the society prospers, as it should, it is proposed to build a small church. There are some 400 Germans in this neighborhood, and the importance of aiding them in the pursuit of religious instruction, and in securing the means of worship must be apparent.
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    Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    November 3, 1859
  • 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 succeed.

    [NOTE: Followed by several additional articles indicating that such church was erected in 1860.]

    Building News and Real Estate Transactions from the Pittsfield Sun, 1800-1906 by Bruce N Honig, The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1865 - 19 Marriageable Ladies

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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.
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    November 28, 1868
  • 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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  • 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 the wall about six feet from the door. He then tore the castings from the window, spliced them together, and then putting them between the grates, grappled for the keys. He was successful in getting them, unlocked his door, got into the attic and slid down the water pipe. He was recaptured the next day at Albany.

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    July 5, 1871
  • 1871 - Man or Devil?

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  • 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 had the funeral the next day.
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    March 16, 1872
  • 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 for this country. His friends will call the attention of the State Department at Washington.

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    February 8, 1877
  • 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 trousers and become thieves to do so.

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  • 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 sign of the cross on patients. He has numerous patients.
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    Charlotte, North Carolina
    February 7, 1882
  • 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.
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    October 9, 1884
  • 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.

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    June 6, 1885
  • 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 this town to North Adams. Pittsfield is also the northern terminus of the Housatonic Railroad, running southward to Bridgeport in Connecticut. The regular stations are Pittsfield, for both roads; while the first has also Shaker Village, at the southwest corner of the town, and the Junction and Coltsville in the east and northeast. The post-offices are Pittsfield (centre) West Pittsfield and Pontoosuc. The other village are Allendale, Arrow Head, Barkersville, Bel Air, Bobtown, Holmesdale, Packardsville, Stearnsville and Tillotson's. Some of these are connected with the centre by a street railroad."


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  • 1891 - Pittsfield is incorporated as a city
    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 known corporate giant, General Electric (GE). wikipedia
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  • 1895 - Pittsfield
    Pittsfield, a beautiful city, the capital of Berkshire co., Mass., in Pittsfield township, on the Housatonic River, and on the Boston & Albany Railroad, at the N terminus of the Housatonic Railroad, which here connects with the Pittsfield & North Adams Railroad. Lat. 42°26'55"N, lon. 73° 15' 36" W. By railroad it is 50 miles E.S.E. of Albany, 151 miles w. of Boston, and 53 miles W.N.W. of Springfield. It is situated in the lovely Berkshire valley, more than 1000 feet above sea-level, and is surrounded by mountains. The streets of the city cross one another in right angles; in the centre is Park Square, on which stand several handsome churches, the white marble court-house, which cost nearly $400,000, and the Berkshire Athenaeum, built at a cost of $100,000, and near which is the building of the Berkshire Life Insurance Company. Pittsfield contains 9 churches, the Maplewood Institute for young ladies, occupying several spacious edifices, another young ladies' seminary, a conservatory... Read MORE...



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  • 1902 - Trolley collides with 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 Winthrop Murray Crane, secretary to the president George Bruce Cortelyou, and bodyguard William Craig are thrown into the street. Craig is killed; he is the first Secret Service agent killed while on a presidential protection detail. Roosevelt, whose face and left shin are badly bruised, nearly comes to blows with the trolley motorman, Euclid Madden. Madden is later charged with manslaughter, to which he pleads guilty and is sentenced to six months in jail and a heavy fine.
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  • 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 streetcar in this city today, while one of his most trusted guards, Secret Service Agent WILLIAM CRAIG, was instantly killed and DAVID J. PRATT of Dalton, who was guiding the horses attached to the vehicle, was seriously injured. President ROOSEVELT himself was badly shaken up, but received only a slight facial bruise.

    Secretary CORTELYOU, who occupied a seat directly opposite the President in the carriage, sustained a minor wound on the back of his head and Governor CRANE, who sat beside the President, escaped without a scratch.

    The carriage was demolished by the impact of the rapidly moving car and the wheel horse on the side nearest the car was killed. The crew and passengers of the car... Read MORE...


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  • News  1903 - Fire In Brewery Barn
    Stubborn Blaze Keeps Firemen Busy for Hours
    Loss Will Be Fully $3000 - Great Crowd Out.

    From Tuesday's Eagle.
    By far the most serious conflagration with which the fire department has been forced to battle in several months, broke out last night shortly after 11 o'clock, in the large barn owned by the Berkshire Brewing association and located in the rear or the company's works on Columbus avenue.

    For two hours the firemen valiantly fought the flames, but the large quantity of hay stored in the building had occasioned such a fierce blaze that before the department arrived, a goodly portion of the structure was consumed.

    While the extent of the damage cannot be estimated at the present time, it is believed that the loss to the building will be about $2000 and the loss to the contents nearly $1000. The loss is fully covered by insurance through the J. M. Stevenson, F. F. Read and F. A. Cooley agencies.

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  • 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 freight-house when the accident occurred, one of the wheels of the truck he was pushing rolling off the narrow runway and overturning the load. He was cared for at his home on John street by Dr. C. H. Richardson, and will be laid up several days.
    Springfield Republican
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    September 20, 1905
  • 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. It contains many elegant residences. In the centre is the public green, known as the Heart of Berkshire, on which stands the white marble courthouse and the Berkshire Athenaeum (with the Berkshire Historical Society). Pittsfield contains the Crane Art Museum, Bishop Training School for Nurses, a House of Mercy, Old Ladies' Home, several female seminaries, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and the central home of the Agassiz Association. Near the western border is the Pittsfield Pleasure Park, on Lake ONota. The city has extensive manufactures of cotton and woollen goods, paper, machinery, electrical appliances, boots and shoes, silk, flour, ale, beer, etc. Pop. in 1900, 21,766.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • 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 dress, also the top of one of her shoes. The body was found at a point about 1000 feet from the Francis island, the water at that point being about 20 feet deep and well filled with weeds. It was noted that Miss Robinson’s dress was not burned or scorched, which disproved the theory that her clothing had caught fire before she jumped with her companions. Miss Mabel Kachler, George Frey, Jr., and Fred Boyde, into the lake.

    Assistant Medical Examiner Flynn viewed the body, which was placed in charge of Undertaker John R. Feeley. After being embalmed and placed in a coffin it was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Daniels on Fourth street. The funeral will be held at Notre Dame church... 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 slightest difficulty in following the trail of the storm as it blew down trees and telegraph poles and did d a great amount of damage to such crops as corn and oats. On Peck's road near Peck's upper mill several trees and telegraph poles were blown down. At the Bel Air mill and on Lenox avenue a large number of trees were destroyed by the wind. The great elm on Taconic hill was split in two. This was one of the largest elm trees in the city. On the street leading to Pontoosuc mill a large tree was blown on to the roof of one of the Pontoosuc manufacturing company's houses. The roof sagged under the weight but did not fall in.

    Several trolly [sic] poles on the line of the Pittsfield street... 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 a hit with the fans of the Massachusetts town recently when eh outpointed Harry Thomas, the English champion, in 10 rounds. The Philadelphian is in good shape now and is confident that he can defeat Gallant despite the good name he has made for himself this season.
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    Baltimore American
    Baltimore, Maryland
    February 25, 1912

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  • 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
  • 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 which crosses the river at that point. According to the story told the police by Angelo Pianello, 45, of 541 East street they wen to the house of Antonio Cochetto on Pembroke avenue at 10:30 last night. They drank much liquor before the party broke up at 12:30.

    On the way home Pianello suggested they walk over the sewer pipe. Giorgia started first and Pianello stayed behind waiting for de Giorgil to get across. When Pianello found that his friend had disappeared in the river he gave the alarm and Officers Camille L. Marcel and Peter O. Ano went to the river. Officer Ano with grappling irons soon found the body 200 feet from the crossing. It had been in the water about an hour.

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  • 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 Jacob Gimlich bought the plant of Michael Benson (1868). The daily output was then six barrels. The business grew to a capacity of 75,000 barrels a year. Sixty hands were employed and the product was sent to many states, including the Carolinas. The brewery, the only one within a radius of 60 miles, was a thriving industry and made its owners rich.
    The Berkshire Evening Eagle
    Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    February 5, 1946

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  • 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 Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession. The name was changed to Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1893.

    A white wooden frame church was built and dedicated in September of 1850, and used for 33 years until 1893, when the present brick edifice was completed. The frame church was destroyed by fire on the night of Nov. 2, 1893, while it was being moved across the Common...
    The Berkshire Eagle
    Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    October 21, 1949
  • 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 Columbus Ave. flooded into the city's dispatch center shortly after 9:30 p.m.

    When firefighters arrived, they entered the rickety-looking home believing that children may have been inside, said Chief James Sullivan.

    "We've had reports lately that children have been playing inside," he said. "When they didn't find anyone, they got out quick."

    A condemned sign -- a red box with a white "X" drawn through the middle -- was marked on the front, alerting rescue workers that the interior of the house lacked staircases and was a risk to collapse.

    Firefighters doused the roof of the home with thick streams of water from at least six different positions around the home. One firefighter aimed ... Read MORE...


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  • 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 intentionally set."

    Investigators were on scene yesterday and learned from combing through the slumped wreckage that flames were started in both a first-floor wall and in an area on the second floor. Cancilla said fire investigators also believe foul play is to blame because utilities have been shut off for years.

    Arriving at the blaze shortly after 9:30 p.m., firefighters ran into the house, even though a hazard placard -- a red box with a white "X" drawn through the middle -- was posted above the front door.

    Cancilla said both witnesses and police reported seeing people milling in and around the gargantuan house of late. Some neighbors suspected that a homeless woman was living... Read MORE...


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  • 2023 - Here's a list of things to do and places to visit in Pittsfield, Massachusetts:
    Berkshire Museum: Start your visit with a trip to the Berkshire Museum. This multifaceted institution features a wide range of exhibits, including art, history, science, and natural history. It's a great place to learn about the region's cultural and natural heritage.

    Hancock Shaker Village: Just a short drive from Pittsfield, Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum that provides a glimpse into the Shaker way of life. Explore historic buildings, gardens, and exhibits showcasing Shaker craftsmanship and traditions.

    Pittsfield State Forest: For outdoor enthusiasts, Pittsfield State Forest offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and opportunities for swimming, fishing, and camping. You can hike to the summit of Berry Mountain for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

    Arrowhead: Visit Arrowhead, the former home of Herman Melville, the author of "Moby-Dick." Take a guided tour of this historic house and gain insight into the life and work of one of America's greatest ... Read MORE...

  • Cemeteries in Pittsfield
    Pittsfield Cemetery (also known as Pittsfield Cemetery Association): This is one of the largest and most well-known cemeteries in Pittsfield. It is located at 203 Wahconah Street and has a long history dating back to the early 19th century. Many notable figures from Pittsfield's past are buried here.

    St. Joseph's Cemetery: Located on Pecks Road, St. Joseph's Cemetery is a Catholic cemetery serving the local Catholic community. It has a serene and peaceful atmosphere, with beautifully maintained grounds.

    St. Mary's Cemetery: Another Catholic cemetery in Pittsfield, St. Mary's Cemetery is situated on First Street. It has been a final resting place for many members of the Catholic faith in the area.

    Hebrew Cemetery: This cemetery serves the Jewish community in Pittsfield. It is located on Pecks Road, not far from St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Hebrew Cemetery has historical significance for the local Jewish population.

    Hancock Shaker Village Cemetery: Located at 1843 West... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorChristopher CAFFREY (, , Ireland - July 1873, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorJoseph HANMER (1712, - 1798, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorDavid BUSH (1721, - 1801, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorAaron BAKER (1722, - 23 April 1802, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorSimeon CROWFOOT (1723, - 1803, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorJacob ENSIGN (2 February 1724, Hartford, Connecticut, USA - 18 January 1813, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorJohn BAKER (1728, - 27 February 1813, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorEli ROOT (1730, - 28 October 1804, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))
male ancestorWilliam FRANCIS (11 February 1730, Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA - 13 March 1818, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))

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male ancestorPeter THOMPSON (18 November 1735 - 25 January 1801) and female ancestorElizabeth BADGER (24 July 1740 - 2 May 1810) married 31 March 1770
male ancestorJulius AMBACH (1832 - 1899) and female ancestorSelma REINHARDT (22 February 1839 - 1 July 1910) married 21 October 1828
male ancestorGeorge BROWN (30 November 1806 - 25 August 1874) and female ancestorAbbie Center BUEL (14 March 1815 - 16 March 1908) married 28 April 1841
male ancestorHenry (Heinrich) TIMM (30 March 1810 - ) and female ancestorTheresa Alice BISHOP (15 November 1822 - 17 August 1885) married 24 April 1853
male ancestorMaurice CALLAGHAN (1820 - 25 January 1902) and female ancestorCatherine CURTAIN (1833 - 4 November 1870) married 11 August 1853
photo of Friedrich Christoph BLESSING (BLEßING) Friedrich Christoph BLESSING (BLEßING) (15 April 1824 - 1890) and photo of Caroline Henrietta THEUNERT Caroline Henrietta THEUNERT (15 June 1834 - 18 June 1903) married 20 July 1855
male ancestorHenry HOFFMAN (1832 - ) and female ancestorAgnes FABRICIUS (15 November 1837 - 27 June 1908) married 3 July 1855
photo of August Karl THEUNERT (THEINERT) August Karl THEUNERT (THEINERT) (18 September 1832 - 20 January 1904) and photo of Johanna Ernestine WALTHER Johanna Ernestine WALTHER (December 1831 - 3 February 1890) married 29 November 1856
male ancestorJohann Georg "George John" KRAUSCH "CROUSS" (10 January 1834 - 19 October 1906) and female ancestorAmalie Christiane "Augusta" VOGEL (1 January 1841 - 14 July 1922) married 07 November 1856

Ancestors buried in Pittsfield - Cemeteries in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

Pittsfield Cemetery

St Joseph's Cemetery

Genealogy Resources for Pittsfield

1889 Pittsfield City Directory

The Berkshire Evening Eagle, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Directories, 1873

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Directories, 1885

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Directories, 1889-93

1896 Pittsfield Directory (MA)

1902 Pittsfield Directory

1903 Pittsfield Directory

1905 Pittsfield Directory

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ZION'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS - BIRTHS AND BAPTISMS, 1860-1923

ZION'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS - MARRIAGES, 1860-1924

ZION'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF PITTSFIELD, MASS. DEATHS, 1860-1923

REGISTER OF VOTERS OF PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS - 1890 WARD 6 REGISTER - Berkshire Genealogist, Volume 10, Number 1 - Winter 1989

PITTSFIELD SCHOOL DEPARTMENT - DECEMBER, 1892 - Berkshire Genealogist, Volume 24, Number 1 - Winter 2003

PITTSFIELD'S WELL-TO-DO CITIZENS OF 1897 - Berkshire Genealogist, Volume 14, Number 3 - Summer 1993

Pittsfield Directory, 1925-26. Pittsfield, Mass.: Eagle Printing and Binding Co., 1925.

Pittsfield Directory 1926-27 Eagle Publishing Co., comp. Pittsfield Directory 1926-27. Pittsfield MA: Eagle Publishing Co.

Pittsfield Directory, 1928-29. Pittsfield, Mass.: Eagle Printing and Binding Co., 1928.

Pittsfield Massachusetts City Directory 1933

Pittsfield Directory, 1936. Pittsfield, Mass.: Eagle Printing and Binding Co., 1936.

Pittsfield Massachusetts City Directory 1939

Pittsfield Directory, 1922. Pittsfield, Mass.: Eagle Printing and Binding Co., 1922.

ZION'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS - Parish Registers

The Pittsfield Sun, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts

Berkshire County Whig, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts

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