The former Police Chief in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rick Wilcox describes himself thus: “Old retired guy who loves researching local history.”
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Saturday, 7 Apr 2018 - The [Civil War] soldier’s monument was built in 1867. Williamstown was the first to build one in Massachusetts, Stockbridge the second.
Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 - In the middle of the intersection, on what started out as a quiet Sunday morning 241 years ago, there was a call to arms.
Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018 - In April 1863, the first water bills went out for a five-month rental and ranged from a low of $2.50 for Louis Pepoon to a high of $10 for H. Heaton Jr.
Sunday, 14 Jan 2018 - In 1795, had President Trump uttered what he is said to have said about immigrants from Haiti and Africa, he would have been fined. At the time, of course, his relatives were in Russia.
Stockbridge Mohican wisdom on a life well-lived: A conversation with Mohican delegation in London, 1766
Monday, 8 Jan 2018 - ‘Your state of society is an endless source of wretchedness… in a state of society like yours those who labour most enjoy the least, and thou who labour not at all have the greatest number of enjoyments.’ -- Stockbridge Mohican Sachems Daniel Nimham, Jacob Cheeksaunkun, Solomon Uhhaunauwaunmut, John Naunauphtaunk, as recorded by John Trusler during their visit to England
Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017 - It is not without some irony that the town of Stockbridge, which harbors such an incredible history, has failed on so many occasions to preserve the symbols of that history.
Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 - The brick Dutch Colonial Revival building currently housing Yankee Candle and The Image Gallery provided offices for the Board of Selectmen, TownClerk, assessors and the Police Department for almost 80 years.
Sunday, 6 Dec 2015 - Basketball, invented in December of 1891, quickly grew in popularity and Stockbridge was not immune. In 1910, voters authorized the raising of the main floor of Town Hall 12 to 15 inches to create a basketball court for the William High School team. It cost $500.
Sunday, 22 Nov 2015 - The Town House was built by subscription, rather than tax levy, in part because of the town’s poor financial condition.