|Amasa Wood, A Forgotten Pillar of Millbury is
Museum will be Open
from 9-11:00 AM.
Be sure to stop in at the Asa
There are military artifacts,
sports displays, Aftermath
yearbooks, and bins of photos
and Millbury Nostalgia for you
In addition, this will be the
unveiling of the new exhibit
“The Amasa Wood Family:
Forgotten Leaders of Millbury.”
The Millbury Historical Society
is Handicapped-Friendly with
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
|Harold Granish Admires His Military Display
|Mr.. Granish Comes to Millbury!
Driving Alone! At the Age of
|Seven-year old William McLean's Gravesite in
Millbury's Central Cemetery
|Ninety-one-year old Beverly
half-sister of the stricken
|Bob Rochon, owner of Creative Signworks here in Millbury. Bob's
discovery made this "reunion" possible!
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.
Grace 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
Amasa Wood’s business expanded
rapidly and he built a mansion with a
shoe manufacturing business behind it.
He later expanded and manufactured
shoes in Connecticut, Georgia, and
California. He undoubtedly supplied
shoes and boots to both the Union and
Confederate Soldiers during the Civil
By 1873 “A. Wood and Sons” employed
seventy-three people from Millbury and
the surrounding towns in his West
Millbury business. Shoes bearing the
name “A. Woods & Son” were looked
upon as “the best of the best”.
Captain Wood’s mansion has
disappeared although we do have a
photo of it. Asa Waters II and Caleb
Burbank were wealthy enough to have
their portraits painted by John Blunt so
we’ve always know what they looked
like. Throughout Millbury’s history we
had never seen a John Blunt portrait of
Captain Amasa Wood and his wife
Sarah Foristall Wood-until last fall!
Millbury Historical Society Board
Member Jerilyn Stead found a 1980
magazine on the mantle in the Millbury
Historical Society and inside it had
portraits of the Waters, the Burbanks,
and the Woods! Captain Wood also had
portraits painted of four of his children!
The magazine was published by the
Folk Art Museum in New York City.
Jeri contacted them and requested
photos of the portraits as the Wood
family was so prominent in Millbury’s
past, but was told the portraits were in a
The curator at the museum said she
would tell the collector of our inquiry
concerning the portraits and they would
contact us if interested.
Jeri Stead soon received an e-mail
which began with “Hi, neighbor”!
Sue and Dexter Pond, who live in
Grafton, have collected many of the
John Blunt portraits. Their collection
included prominent people who lived in
Millbury and Sutton during the 1800’s.
Out of all of America, the Ponds lived
right in Grafton!
The Ponds invited Jeri to come to
Grafton to view the portraits and Edd
Cote, our Millbury photographer, was
also invited to come and take photos of
their treasures. The Ponds even took
the portraits outside so that Edd would
have perfect lighting!
(L to R): Driver Sharon Anderson, Dexter
Pond, Sue Pond, Historical Sleuth Jeri Stead
All pictured with the Amasa Wood Family
All photos courtesy of Edd Cote
The Millbury Historical Society certainly
appreciates the generosity of the Pond
Family which has allowed us to bring to
life the long-forgotten shoe
manufacturer of West Millbury.
|In Memory of Our Past President
and One of Our Earliest Members
(l. to r.) Millbury Historical Society President Frank Gagliardi,; Past-
President Linc Bordeux; and Vice-President Mary Lou Mulhane
enjoy being "students" at the Grass Hill School.
Linc was one of the Millbury Historical Society’s earliest
presidents serving from 1982-1984, and the restoration of the
Grass Hill School on West Main Street was a special project of
He always supported the society by attending meetings and
historical trips, and he was very proud of Millbury and his
Thank you, Linc, for all your interest and dedication.
The History of Millbury's
Please stop into the Town
Hall Foyer and see photos
and artifacts concerning
the history of Millbury's
The Millbury Historical Society is a
Become a member and help to preserve
Millbury's past for its future.
Types of memberships:
Lifetime (Individual) $100
Lifetime (Couple) $150
Make Checks payable to:
The Millbury Historical Society
Millbury, MA 01527
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|The Annual Meeting of the Millbury Historical Society is Warmly
Performer Judith Kalaora received a standing ovation for her portrayal of Deborah Samson Gannett,
(1762-1827), the first woman to enlist, fight in, and be honorably discharged from the American Military!
Deborah enlisted under the name of Robert Shurtlieff.
Judith captivated the audience in an hour-long program on June 11th at the Asa Waters' Mansion. We
wish Judith well as she brings this show to off-Broadway in October!
|Photos of Judith Kalaora as
Robert Shurtlieff and Deborah
Samson Gannett Courtesy of
| We have a new, exciting program coming up!
Patricia Perry, well-known to Millbury, having put on several
programs here in recent years, will present “LEGENDS AND
LIES” on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 PM at the Mansion.
Admission is $5.00, and refreshments will be served.
Test your knowledge of historical myths and tall tales of the past in
this interactive show for all ages.
For example: True or False. As late as 1892 in Rhode Island, a
suspected vampire was exhumed and the heart removed and
burned. If you said "True" you just might do well in "Legends and
Lies" and win some fabulous prizes.