Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
|The Millbury Historical Society
Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
"As a bridge from the past to the future, the Millbury
Historical Society is committed to preserve, protect,
present and promote the history of Millbury."
|P.O. Box 367
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|"Four" Fathers Program of the
Millbury Historical Society is
Rated an Historical Success!
|Harold Granish Admires His Military Display
|18th Century Gentlemen Relaxing in Asa Waters II's
(L to R) Colonel Jonathan Holman (Joe Barbato), Monitor
Ken Dumas, and Asa Waters I (Tom Fox)
|Waters' Housekeeper Sharon Anderson
accompanies her boss Susan Holman Waters (Jeri
|Squire Amos Singletary (Roger
Desrosiers) welcomes the public
into his domain.
|Reverend Ebenezer Chaplin (Alex Belisle) of the
Lord's Barn, North Parish, Sutton holds forth on
the injustices against him.
|Maids and housekeeper of the Mansion: L to R is Maureen
Army, Debbie Pousland, Karen Levitre, Mary Lou Mulhane, Jen
Kenary , Tracy Charbonneau, and Sharon Anderson
|Mr.. Granish Comes to Millbury!
Driving Alone! At the Age of
Planning for June? Be Sure to Include Our Annual Meeting!
Free to all, members and public alike! Refreshments provided, too!
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Asa Waters' Mansion
Program: A Revolution of Her Own
performed by Judith Kalaora
Deborah Samson Gannett, (1762-1827), the first woman to enlist, to fight in, and to be honorably
discharged from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life.
An indentured servant by the age of five, Mrs. Samson Gannett, who hails from Plympton, Massachusetts,
grew up in a man's world, where women were naught but second-class citizens.
After ten years working as a farm hand, Mrs. Samson Gannett had grown strong and possessed the
physical capabilities of her male counterparts. And then, on May 20, 1782, wearing an old soldier's
uniform, Mrs. Samson Gannett bound her chest, tied back her hair, and walked from Middleborough to
Bellingham, MA, where she enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army, under
the alias "Robert Shurtlieff."
Experience Mrs. Deborah Samson Gannett's arduous upbringing, eighteen months of active combat
service, and success as the first female professional soldier, through interactive stories and authentic
colonial attire. Mrs. Deborah Samson Gannett's passion will take you back in time!
Millbury Redware is created by Bullard House Pottery
in Sutton by local artist Rachel A. Tufts.
All pieces are unique because they are hand-made
and are inscribed with the date of Millbury’s
The following distinctive samples are offered for
purchase exclusively through the Millbury Historical
Please feel free to contact Janet Kenary Dumas at
508-865-3478 if you are interested in purchasing
|Seven-year old William McLean's Gravesite in
Millbury's Central Cemetery
|Ninety-year old Beverly
half-sister of the stricken
|Bob Rochon, owner of Creative Signworks here in Millbury. Bob's
discovery made this "reunion" possible!
The History of Millbury's Fire
Please stop into the Town Hall Foyer and see
photos and artifacts concerning the history of
In Memorium to One of Our Founders
Grace M. (Gagliardi) Laflash, 81, went home to be with the Lord on Friday May 15, 2015 after a long
illness. She leaves her loving husband of 54 years, Gerard Laflash; three children, Gerard Laflash
and his wife Michelle, Andree Laflash, and Peter Laflash; 5 grandchildren, Nicholas, Joshua,
Zachary, Justina, and Kyle; brothers Frank Gagliardi and wife Kathy, and George “John” Gagliardi, Jr
and wife Barbara; sister Janis Corey; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was born in
1933 in Millbury, daughter of the late George Gagliardi & Jeanette (Lachapelle) Gagliardi.
Grace grew up in Millbury’s Little Italy on North Main Street. She cherished her childhood memories
of the large extended family and numerous friends and was very proud of her Italian American
heritage. Grace loved everything Italian – especially the food and her family history. She enjoyed
researching and recording family genealogy. She taught 5th grade at Assumption school in Millbury
for many years, specializing in Millbury & American History. Later, she was a homemaker for the
Millbury District Nursing Society. She was a founding member of the Millbury Historical Society and
served as secretary for 35 years. Grace enjoyed giving tours of the Asa Water’s mansion on Elm
Street and was involved with creating the museum on the 2nd floor. Her love of Millbury’s history
was evidenced by her extensive knowledge of the details within the 900 pages of Millbury’s History
book which she shared in articles written for the Millbury Journal and Millbury/Sutton Chronicle
newspapers. She was consulted as an authority on the town’s history by numerous people,
researchers, and published authors. Through the years, she was involved in many other activities
related to Millbury and its history including: Secretary for Friends of Millbury Public Library, member
of the Bandstand Committee, Secretary for Friends of the Asa Water’s Mansion, member of Millbury’
s 175th Anniversary Celebration Committee. Grace was a strong woman of faith. She taught Bible
Study at the Adult Day Care Center and always shared her faith with others. She was a caring and
self-sacrificing person who enjoyed interacting with people, especially her family and friends. The
family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the care providers at Millbury Healthcare Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Millbury Historical Society, P.O. Box 367, Millbury,
MA 01527, www.millburyhistory. org.