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Incorporated on June 13, 1767, Hubbardston began as a rural farming community. The town's many farms produced crops, livestock, and dairy products, and millponds utilized the waterpower from local streams to run mill sites. There were several inns and hotels in town, as Hubbardston was a central north-south travel route. The railroad arrived in 1871 and brought many changes, including a great influx of Finnish immigrants who settled in town. Some noted residents were Adam Wheeler, who was second in command at Shay's Rebellion; Jonas G. Clark, founder of Clark University; and Waino Holopainen and Roy Handy, famous for the invention of the first hydraulic backhoe.
ISBN: 9780738565156
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gary W. Kangas is a member of the Hubbardston Historical Society and on the board of the Hubbardston Historical Commission. He has produced four video documentaries on the town. Growing up in Hubbardston, he lived on a farm that was in his family from 1894 until 1998. The photographs in Hubbardston were provided by the Hubbardston Historical Society archives and private collections.
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