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Conway, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA

"Conway, a post-village of Franklin co., Mass., 30 miles N. by W. from Springfield. It has a national bank, a high school, a woollen-mill, a cotton-factory, and 3 churches. Pop. of the township in 1890, 1451."

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
J.B. Lippincott, 1895

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  • 1767 - The town of Conway is incorporated
  • The first gristmill in Conway was built about the year 1767, by Caleb Sharp.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • 1768 - Previous to the incorporation of the town of Conway, religious meetings had not been held with regularity.
    Such as were able went to Deerfield; or they attended any occasional meeting they could hear of. At the second town meeting provision was made for... Read MORE...

  • 1773 - The first schoolhouse in Conway was begun in 1773, and finished the next year.
    Its dimensions were 25 feet by 22 feet. It stood a few rods northeast of the old meeting house, near the middle, but somewhat toward the eastern side ... Read MORE...

  • In 1778 the town of Conway voted to accept the propositions made by the Continental Congress for a union between the states.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • Aaron Hayden set up a "fulling mill" in Conway, about 1780.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • The population of Conway in 1790 was 2,092.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • About 1797 Dr. Moses Hayden, with R. Wells (his son-in-law), set up an oil mill in Conway.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • In 1810 there was established in Conway, a broadcloth manufactory and a cotton mill.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • The woolen mill of the Conway Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1837.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • 7. CONWAY. [Pop. 1,409. Inc. 1767.]
    Conway is nearly divided by South River, a branch of Deerfield River, and it is chiefly situated in a valley between two hills. It was once a... Read MORE...

  • A cotton mill was erected in Conway in 1846 by Gen. James S. Whitney and Charles Wells.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • 1848 - Conway
    This town was incorporated in 1767. The first minister of the place was Rev. John Emerson, who settled here in 1769. At this time the town contained... Read MORE...

  • The Conway Stock and Mutual Fire Insurance Company began business in 1849.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • The South River Cutlery Company began operations in 1851, erecting a building in Burkeville (Conway), on the right bank of the river, toward the old center of the town.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • A Fire Company was formed in Conway in 1852.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • News  1852 - Destructive Fire at Conway, Mass.
    Springfield, Mass., Monday, Aug. 16.
    The Dye and Storage House of the Conway Manufacturing Company, in Conway, Mass., was burnt this morning with... Read MORE...

  • In 1853 the Conway Academy was incorporated.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • News  1860 - June 2 - DIED WHILE DANCING
    A young man named Frank Stanhope attended a dance in Conway, Mass., a few evening since, and while dancing and playing a flute at the same time, fell ... Read MORE...

  • 1866 - a fine stone dam was erected in Conway, making a large reservoir, a mile westward up the river.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • 1869 - Conway was known for its sheep farming and other agrarian pursuits in its early years, with some industry along the South River which was washed out in a dam break in 1869.
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    "The great freshet of 1869 is still vividly remembered by the older residents of the town. It began to rain on Saturday, October 4, and... Read MORE...

  • Conway was afflicted with an epidemic of diphtheria in 1874.
    "Beginning with October 21 there were, within a year, thirty-six deaths from diphtheria. In several homes there were two and even three deaths in... Read MORE...

  • The Conway Cornet Band was organized in 1876 with John R. Holcomb, leader.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • 1878 - Conway freschet
    In 1878, the cause of this freschet "was a heavy fall of snow followed by rain and a south wind on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, December 10. ... Read MORE...

  • The bank building in Conway, with town office and rooms occupied by the public library, was totally destroyed on the night of January 11, 1878.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • The telegraph came into Conway in the fall of 1880.
    Mr. Charles C. Burdette, who had recently opened a drug store in the village, arranged with the telegraph company to run a line from Bardwell station ... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - February 24 - The Congregational church at Conway, Mass., was totally destroyed by fire last night. Loss, $12,000.
    The Times
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    February 24, 1885
  • Conway Massachusetts, 1890
    Conway is a hilly but thriving town in the western part of Franklin County, having Deerfield River separating it from Shelburne on the northeast,... Read MORE...

  • A Lodge of Good Templars was formed in Conway in 1894.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • News  1894 - August 2 - TWENTY-SIX FIRES. Much Property Belonging to One Family Burned - Charges.
    Conway, Mass., August 2. - Mrs. Susan J. Taylor, of Walpole, is under arrest, charged with attempted incendiarism. The insurance companies allege... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Conway Electric Road opens for traffic
    ...In the early spring of 1895 the tracks were cleared of snow and work was resumed with such vigor that on March 29 a trial trip was made... Read MORE...

  • The New England Telephone Company began business in Conway in the spring of 1897 with six subscribers.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • In 1899 a dam was built across South Rixer near Conway Station to furnish power to run the electric road and also to furnish electric lights and power for the townspeople.
    This dam was made of logs and crushed stone faced with plank. History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • The Wequanock Tribe of Red Men was organized in Conway, December 1, 1899.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • News  1901 - July 14 - FIELD LIBRARY IS DEDICATED. Chicago Merchant Delivers Keys of Memorial at Conway, Mass.
    TOWN ON A HOLIDAY
    Day Ends with Big Display of Pyrotechnics.
    Gift Has Brought About a Boom in the Quiet New England Village - Cost Was... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - April 25 - Two cases of smallpox were found at Conway, Mass., and the board of health is puzzled to account for the appearance of the disease.
    Newport Mercury
    Newport, Rhode Island
    April 25, 1903
  • The Burkeville Woolen Mill, once so important to the town of Conway, was destroyed by fire on the sixth of March, 1904.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • On August 1, 1905, of the buildings of the Conway Co-operative Creamery were lost by fire.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • News  1906 - October 8 - Kills His Hunting Companion.
    Conway, Mass., Oct. 8. - After remaining reticent for twelve hours over the tragic death in Conway woods of a hunting companion, Charles Pair,... Read MORE...

  • The First Framed House in Conway. Built about 1766. Burned in 1916.
    History of Conway 1767-1917, Ed. Charles Stanley Pease,Springfield Printing & Binding Co. 1917
  • 1916
    Conway, a banking post- village of Franklin co., Mass., 30 miles N. by W. of Springfield. It has woollen- and cotton-mills, manufactures of boots and ... Read MORE...

  • 2017 - Conway's 250th Celebration
    Conway is updating the histories and genealogies from 1917 and 1967 for the upcoming 250th celebration in 2017. If anyone has any connections to... Read MORE...

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