Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
The Millbury Historical Society
Incorporated 1972
Millbury, Massachusetts

Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
Our Mission

"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
Millbury, MA
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Millbury Historical Society is
Rated an Historical Success!

In January of 2013, The Millbury Historical Society
received a generous donation of military artifacts from
Mr. Harold Granish of Dunwoody, GA.

These obviously very old items belonged to his
deceased wife's family whose ancestors hailed from

A military expert proclaimed the artifacts (a shako, a
saber, an epaulette, a belt and its buckle/shield) to be
one collection from the Millbury Light Infantry and said
they were in remarkably good shape for items almost
two-hundred years old.

The Millbury Historical Society heartily thanked Mr.
Granish, eighty-nine, for his donation and invited him to
stop in to Millbury if he should ever be up this way.

Well, recently, Mr. Granish, now ninety, did just that! He
drove up
alone in his brand new Buick Lacrosse to
Syracuse, NY for his sister’s funeral and thought that
“while he was in the area,” he would make a side trip to

He visited the
Museum of the Millbury Historical Society
and was delighted to see the display of his military
artifacts! You can do the same by stopping into the

P.S. Mr. Granish also owns a 2008 red Mazda Miata
convertible, but that stayed in Georgia!
Harold Granish Admires His Military Display
Special Thanks to:

Tour Guides Tracy Charbonneau, Karen Levitre,  and Jen

Photographer Edd Cote

Program Designer Walter Nelson

Maintenance Crew Adam and Asa Army, Gary Levitre, Rick
Lavallee, Brian Iandoli, and Patrick Mosley

The Weeping Mary Chaplin, Lauren Francis

Goretti's Super Market

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
inception: 1813.

The following distinctive samples are offered for
purchase exclusively through the Millbury Historical

Mugs $20.
Plates $25.
Crocks $30.
Jugs $35.

Please feel free to contact Janet Kenary Dumas at
508-865-3478 if you are interested in purchasing
Millbury Redware.
Ninety- Year Old Beverly McLean
Sees Half-Brother for the First Time!

Bob Rochon, owner of Creative SignWorks here in
Millbury, recently found a polished nickel cigarette
case in a barn in Sutton.
Inside the case there was a photo of a cute little boy
and his dog.
On the back of the picture there was the inscription:

                 “My Dear Little Boy-
                William H. McLean.
                Gone but not forgotten
                James McLean
                Millbury, MA.”

Bob Rochon presented it to the
Millbury Historical
with hopes that they could solve the mystery
of the deceased little boy.
Millbury Historical Society board
member and old-fashioned sleuth Jerilyn Stead
associated the name McLean with her friend Beverly
McLean Cambridge!
Beverly McLean Cambridge was the author of a book
The Bramanville Girls.
In 2011, The Millbury Historical Society had invited
Beverly to present a book signing at the Asa Waters'
Mansion. (Click
here for more on Beverly’s book.)
 Jeri Stead contacted Beverly to see if the inscription
on the photo meant anything to her.
She said, “Jeri, I’m going to cry! That is my half-
brother whom I have never seen!”
Beverly’s dad, James McLean, had two families. He
and his first wife Elizabeth had Baden (born 1900) and
William, the mystery boy, (born 1912).        
  Sadly, William succumbed to meningitis when he
was seven (4-21-19). William is buried in Central
Cemetery with the same inscription on his grave as is
on the photo!
Tragically, Elizabeth Brown McLean died a mere
eighteen months after her son (11-13-20) of heart
disease. She was only forty-two.
James’ second wife Edith then bore him Raymond
(1922) and Beverly (1924). Thus it was that Beverly
had never seen her half-brother nor the photo in the
cigarette case. However, she remembered going to
Central Cemetery as a child on Memorial Day and
watching her dad cry at the boy’s gravesite.
Jerilyn had the photo enlarged and recently
presented it to Beverly at her lovely assisted living
facility in Beverly, MA. She will be ninety-one years old
in March.         
From now on, Beverly will treasure the opportunity to
view her little brother daily.

See how it paid for Bob Rochon to put his faith in
Millbury Historical Society!
Seven-year old William McLean's Gravesite in
Millbury's Central Cemetery
Ninety-year old Beverly
McLean Cambridge,
half-sister of the stricken
lad, William.
Bob Rochon, owner of Creative Signworks here in Millbury. Bob's
discovery made this "reunion" possible!

Special Exhibit!
The History of Millbury's Fire

Please stop into the Town Hall Foyer and see
photos and artifacts concerning the history of
Millbury's Firemen.

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.