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Wendell, Massachusetts, USA - 1848 - Wendell
This town was incorporated in 1781. It is mostly a farming town, composed of scattered plantations, there being no considerable village in the town. The surface is uneven, but not much broken or precipitous. There are two houses of worship in the central part of the town, one a Congregational, the other a Baptist church. Rev. Joseph Kilburn, a Congregational minister, was settled here in 1783; he died in 1815, and his successors have been Rev. Hervey Wilbur, Rev. John. B. Duncklee, and Rev. William Claggett.
Miller river, which forms the northern boundary of the town, is here a fine stream, and adds much to the beauty and fertility of this part of the township. Population, 847. Distance, 14 miles from Greenfield, and 80 from Boston. In 1837, there were 37,000 palm-leaf hats manufactured here, valued at $5,000;. the value of boots and shoes manufactured was $5,250.
Historical Collections Relating to the History... John Warner Barber, Worcester, Warren Lazell, 1848
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