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Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

"Westfield, a post-town of Hampden co., Mass, on a river of the same name, and on the Boston & Albany Railroad where it crosses the New Haven & Northampton Railroad, 10 miles W. of Springfield, and 15 miles S. by W. of Northampton. It is situated in a beautiful and fertile valley, and contains 9 churches, the Westfield State Normal School, a high school, 2 hotels, 2 national banks, 2 savings banks, 2 newspaper offices, and extensive manufactures of whips and cigars, paper, steam heaters, paper baskets, machinery, and numerous other articles. Its water-works cost $250,000. Pop. in 1890, 9805."

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

Westfield includes: Wyben (West Farms), West Parish, East Farms, Little River, Pochassic, and Springdale.
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  • 1660 - Westfield is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1669 - Westfield is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 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...


  • 1819 - July 26 - Twin cloudbursts of fifteen inches struck almost simultaneously at Catskill, NY, and Westfield, MA. Flash flooding resulted in enormous erosion.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • News 1841 - Horrible Accident on the Western Railroad
    We are informed by the Springfield Republican and Boston Transcript, of the details of a terrible accident which occurred on Tuesday, on the Western...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - WESTFIELD [Pop. 3,526. Inc. 1669.]
    This town was called Warronoco by the Indians, and Westfield by the English, because it was the most westerly settlement of the colony. It once...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Westfield
    Westfield, a flourishing post-village of Hampden co., Massachusetts, on the West- field river, and on the Western railroad, 10 miles W. N. W. from...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - Devoted Deacon
    Deacon J. H. Stowe, who died in Westfield, Mass., recently, is said to have attended more prayer meetings and prayed more than any other resident of...Read MORE...


  • Westfield Massachusetts, 1890
    Westfield is a large and flourishing town in the westerly part of Hampden County, 108 miles from Boston and 10 from Springfield. The Boston and...Read MORE...


  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Elm Street
  • 1895 - Westfield
    Westfield, a post-town of Hampden co., Mass, on a river of the same name, and on the Boston & Albany Railroad where it crosses the New Haven &...Read MORE...


  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Smith & Alford,
    Dry Good, Boots and Shoes
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Westfield, Mass. New England Whip Co. Plant and Power House.
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Park Square, Westfield, Mass.
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Park Square and Elm Street, 1905
  • 1906
    Westfield, a post-township (town) of Hampden co., Mass., on a river of the same name and on the Boston and Albany and the New York, New Haven and...Read MORE...


  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Dickinson Hall, 1906
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    State Normal School
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Court St. from Day Ave., East, 1908
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    The Sarah Gillett Home for Aged People
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Pavilion Hampton Ponds
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Trolley Terminal
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Elm Street looking N., 1909
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    First Congregational Church
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Court Street from Park Square
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Park Square Hotel
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    St. Mary's Church
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    The Trolley Center, Park Square
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    The Railway Station (1910)
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    View along upper Court Street, 1913
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    County Bridge
  • 1920 - Westfield is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Columbus Building, 1920
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Noble Hospital
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    New Park Square Hotel, 1920
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Looking Down Elm Street, 1925
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    The Westfield Athenaeum
  • News 1936 - WESTFIELD HOTEL FIRE RESULTS IN 7 DEATHS. VAN DEUSEN INN DESTROYED BY BLAZE, CAUSE OF WHICH IS NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION BY STATE AUTHORITIES - IN ADDITION TO KNOWN DEAD, ANOTHER IS CRITICALLY BURNED.
    Westfield, Mass., Jan. 6. - (AP) - The death toll of the fire that destroyed the Van Deusen inn last night was definitely set at seven this morning,...Read MORE...


  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Barnes Airport, 1936
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Woman's Club, 1937
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    High School, 1939
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Elm St., 1940
  • Westfield,  Massachusetts, USA
    Westfield Intermediate School
  • 1955 -August - During the second week of August hurricanes Connie and Diane produced as much as 19 inches of rain in the northeastern U.S. forcing rivers from Virginia to Massachusetts into a high flood.
    Westfield MA was deluged with 18.15 inches of rain in 24 hours, and at Woonsocket RI the Blackstone River swelled from seventy feet in width to a...Read MORE...




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Elm Street

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Westfield, Mass. New England Whip Co. Plant and Power House.


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Park Square, Westfield, Mass.

Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Smith & Alford,
Dry Good, Boots and Shoes

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Park Square and Elm Street, 1905

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Dickinson Hall, 1906

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State Normal School

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Court St. from Day Ave., East, 1908

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The Sarah Gillett Home for Aged People

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Pavilion Hampton Ponds

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Trolley Terminal

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Elm Street looking N., 1909

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The Railway Station (1910)

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First Congregational Church

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Court Street from Park Square

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Park Square Hotel

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St. Mary's Church

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The Trolley Center, Park Square

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View along upper Court Street, 1913

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County Bridge

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Columbus Building, 1920

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Noble Hospital

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New Park Square Hotel, 1920

Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Looking Down Elm Street, 1925

Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
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The Westfield Athenaeum

Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Barnes Airport, 1936

Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Woman's Club, 1937

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High School, 1939

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Elm St., 1940

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Westfield Intermediate School
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  • 1660 - Westfield is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1669 - Westfield is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 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...

  • 1819 - July 26 - Twin cloudbursts of fifteen inches struck almost simultaneously at Catskill, NY, and Westfield, MA. Flash flooding resulted in enormous erosion.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • News  1841 - Horrible Accident on the Western Railroad
    We are informed by the Springfield Republican and Boston Transcript, of the details of a terrible accident which occurred on Tuesday, on the Western... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - WESTFIELD [Pop. 3,526. Inc. 1669.]
    This town was called Warronoco by the Indians, and Westfield by the English, because it was the most westerly settlement of the colony. It once... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Westfield
    Westfield, a flourishing post-village of Hampden co., Massachusetts, on the West- field river, and on the Western railroad, 10 miles W. N. W. from... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Devoted Deacon
    Deacon J. H. Stowe, who died in Westfield, Mass., recently, is said to have attended more prayer meetings and prayed more than any other resident of... Read MORE...

  • Westfield Massachusetts, 1890
    Westfield is a large and flourishing town in the westerly part of Hampden County, 108 miles from Boston and 10 from Springfield. The Boston and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Westfield
    Westfield, a post-town of Hampden co., Mass, on a river of the same name, and on the Boston & Albany Railroad where it crosses the New Haven &... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Westfield, a post-township (town) of Hampden co., Mass., on a river of the same name and on the Boston and Albany and the New York, New Haven and... Read MORE...

  • 1920 - Westfield is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • News  1936 - WESTFIELD HOTEL FIRE RESULTS IN 7 DEATHS. VAN DEUSEN INN DESTROYED BY BLAZE, CAUSE OF WHICH IS NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION BY STATE AUTHORITIES - IN ADDITION TO KNOWN DEAD, ANOTHER IS CRITICALLY BURNED.
    Westfield, Mass., Jan. 6. - (AP) - The death toll of the fire that destroyed the Van Deusen inn last night was definitely set at seven this morning,... Read MORE...

  • 1955 -August - During the second week of August hurricanes Connie and Diane produced as much as 19 inches of rain in the northeastern U.S. forcing rivers from Virginia to Massachusetts into a high flood.
    Westfield MA was deluged with 18.15 inches of rain in 24 hours, and at Woonsocket RI the Blackstone River swelled from seventy feet in width to a... Read MORE...

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