TIMELINE OF INTERESTING HISTORICAL EVENTS IN WALPOLE

Taken from The Walpole 250th Anniversary Calendar
Milestones In Our History
Walpole Historical Society, Inc.
1974



18 December 1647 - Earliest date in Walpole area - A Mine Claim.

26 March 1649 - "Mine of Metal" claimed in area.

3 November 1658 - Saw Mill voted by Dedham in our area.

3 January 1659 - Committee to set sawmill in area.

26 February 1659 - Dedham action to lay out waye to Cedar Swampe.

24 April 1660 - Sawmill deadline.

8 September 1669 - Land treaty with King Philip.

13 April 1671 - Zachariah Smith murdered near Stop River.

24 June 1675 - 100 able soldiers impressed out of area by the General Court.

26 June 1675 - Horse troop under Captain T. Prentiss & Captain D. Henchman
used old Post Road through area.

14 July 1675 - Mendon under Indian attack.

9 December 1675 - Dedham force mustered against Narragansets - 2 men from
area (W. Robbins & S. Foster)

21 February 1676 - Medfield burned. 32 houses - 17 people killed.

30 March 1676 - Wrentham burned

8 October 1685 - Indians gave up all rights in area.

22 February 1702/3 - Voted road to Cedar Swamp (Spring Street).

1 October 1704 - Madam Sarah Knight passed over Old Post Road on way to
New York.

2 April 1705 - E. Clapp gave Old Burial Ground (Kendall & Main Street).

1 January 1708 - William Robbins-First Constable in Walpole.

12 May 1719 - Voted bounty on rattlesnakes.

15 May 1721 - First petition to separate denied.

14 May 1722 - Petition to separate affirmed (from Dedham)

15 May 1724 - Town set off. Separation voted.

10 June 1724 - General Court petitioned to create Walpole.

12 June 1724 - Petition referred to committee.

3 December 1724 - Town petition reported favorably.

7 December 1724 - Petition enacted - WALPOLE named by General Court.

10 December 1724 - E. Fales ordered to hold meeting by General Court /
INCORPORATED.

28 December 1724 - First Meeting & Town Election. E. Fales the first moderator.

8 March 1725 - First annual Town Meeting in Joshua Clap's house.

30 March 1725 - Voted to erect meeting house 35' x 40'.

18 May 1725 - Town Meeting to choose representatives and plan meeting house.

18 August 1725 - Pioneer William Robbins died.

2 May 1726 - Voted to add 2' to Meeting House.

19 May 1726 - Voted: 50 pounds to build meeting house.

15 September 1726 - First tax list.

16 April 1728 - Rev. J. Belcher called.

17 May 1728 - Rev. J. Belcher accepts call to preach.

5 May 1729 - Rev. J. Belcher resigned.

20 October 1729 - Town called the Rev. Phillips Payson.

2 July 1730 - First Parish Church was "gathered" by Rev. P. Payson.

16 September 1730 - Rev. Phillips Payson ordained.

25 February 1733 - North Street layed out. 2 rods wide - bubbling brook to
Wrentham Road (Main Street).

29 May 1734 - Petitions to attend our church from Stoughton neighbors.

4 April 1739 - T. Clapp gave land for meeting house.

24 March 1744 - Louisburg Expedition.

15 June 1749 - General fast for a great drought.

25 April 1753 - E. Roades got permit for dam (Bird & Son site).

3 May 1756 - Crown Point Muster 16 Walpole men.

13 October 1756 - Town ordered to take 3 more Acadian families.

1 March 1757 - 30 pounds voted to support the Acadians (Neutral French).

14 February 1758 - First school accepted. Rev. Payson-Land / Dea, Robbins-
Built.

26 December 1758 - Ammunition box in meeting house made by S. Clap for 5
shillings 4 pence.

22 September 1768 - J. Clapp sent to Fanueil Hall for "Peace and Safety"
meeting.

20 May 1773 - Voted: 5 pounds to build first powder house on Widow Robbins
high hill.

16 December 1773 - Col. Moore's Lions dumped in Boston Harbor during "Boston
Tea Party".

23 June 1774 - Supported a committee of Congress.

29 June 1774 - Voted to buy 150 pounds gunpowder, bullets & flints "As the Law
Directs".

9 August 1774 - Outlawed Town Meeting held in defiance of the Crown.

6 September 1774 - 3 men sent to Suffolk Resolves Meeting - Woodward
Tavern, Dedham.

23 September 1774 - Enoch Ellis sent to Mass. Provincial Congress.

26 September 1774 - Bought two cannon.

19 December 1774 - Accepted articles of the Philadelphia Congress.

9 January 1775 - Company of Minutemen organized.

19 April 1775 - 157 men march to Concord & Lexington under Captain Seth
Bullard.

23 April 1775 - Provincial Congress voted to raise a force of 30,000 men.

17 June 1775 - Bunker Hill battle.

21 July 1775 - B. Kingsbury to Great & General Court in Watertown.

1 August 1775 - 41 Walpole men in Seth Bullard's Company.

25 September 1775 - Captain Nathan Hale and company marched through town.

4 December 1775 - Captain J. Smith and 64 men marched to Boston.

10 May 1776 - Voted to support Continental Congress.

25 May 1776 - Provincial Army passed through to siege of Boston.

26 May 1776 - Heavy cannon from Providence to Boston in town.

8 December 1776 - Captain Clap's company marched to Warwick, R.I.

2 March 1777 - Voted a bonus for enlistments prior to March 1.

22 May 1777 - Rev. Phillips Payson died.

16 June 1777 - Purchased 4 pound cannon.

22 January 1778 - Reverend Phillips Payson died. Served town 48 years.

3 September 1780 - First vote for governor (John Hancock - 35).

18 November 1782 - Voted New Meeting House on old site.

30 November 1782 - "Peace Ball" at E. Fales House.

12 January 1783 - Publick grievances sent to King.

10 March 1783 - Rev. George Morey died.

12 May 1783 - First meeting house torn down.

19 November 1783 - Rev. George Morey ordained.

20 February 1796 - American currency displaced, English currency in use.

11 January 1802 - Objected to new Turnpike (Washington Street).

5 July 1802 - Light Infantry Co. organized under Captain Samuel Fales.

5 April 1803 - Voted bell at funerals to be tolled by a relative of the deceased.

26 October 1809 - F.W. Bird born.

4 March 1811 - Voted a new brick powder house "Brick, 7 x 8".

10 September 1814 - Captain W. Clap's company of militia called out.

1 May 1815 - Peach Street accepted.

1 July 1817 - President Monroe stopped at South Walpole.

3 May 1818 - Voted to put up hitching posts near Meeting House.

27 June 1820 - First Postmaster - David Morse, Jr. - Morse's Tavern, East
Walpole.

2 February 1821 - Warren Colburn's arithmetic book published.

1 May 1826 - First School Committee.

4 October 1826 - First split in parish church.

13 November 1826 - Orthodox Congregational Church organized.

5 February 1827 - Albert G. Boyden born. Educator - President Bridgewater
Normal.

6 September 1827 - Orthodox Congregational Church dedicated.

12 March 1828 - Rev. A. Bigelow installed - First minister of the Orthodox
Church.

12 April 1828 - Lewis Farm roof raised.

26 July 1829 - Rev. G. Morey died.

3 April 1841 - T. Clarke - first postmaster South Walpole.

15 November 1845 - Major J.A. Gould perambulated town line.

3 March 1846 - Tithingman office discontinued.

13 September 1846 - Charles D. Blake born - organist & composer.

14 July 1848 - Laura Hope Fisher, poet & composer born.

9 April 1849 - First railroad service to Boston (freight).

10 May 1849 - R.R. passenger service.

30 May 1853 - School house for North District.

23 December 1853 - North District School House Dedicated.

15 July 1855 - Josiah Hall died - age 101 years, 6 months and 20 days
(Revolutionary War soldier)

17 October 1856 - J. Edward Plimpton born.

25 January 1857 - Bad snowstorm 33 degrees below zero.

18 July 1857 - Bird Dam and Bridge washed out.

30 April 1861 - Voted $5,000.00 to support Civil War volunteers and their
families.

18 April 1862 - Elbridge B. Piper age 18 died at Newborn, N.C. - First Civil War
death from town.

17 January 1867 - Snow storm - children at school all night.

7 March 1870 - Voted first High School in Centre School.

25 October 1870 - First Friday "Walpole Standard". First town paper by J.M.
Stewart.

14 June 1874 - First high school graduation. 15 graduates.

15 February 1876 - Great Gale - much damage.

6 March 1876 - Voted: Free Public Library / First By-Laws Committee

1 March 1878 - "Walpole Enterprize" - first newspaper.

4 June 1878 - First Mass celebrated in St. Francis Church.

28 June 1880 - Purchased lot for Town Hall from E.D. Clap.

28 January 1881 - Town Hall dedicated.

6 August 1881 - "The Dark Day".

6 September 1881 - "The Yellow Day" (Hens went to roost).

25 September 1881 - Town Hall dedicated.

17 June 1882 - Walpole Star published.

30 July 1882 - Bucket Brigade saves Town Hall / Other places struck by lightning.

1 August 1882 - Horse & Wagon struck by train at Walpole Corners.

10 August 1882 - Mrs. Belle Whitmore killed by train.

19 August 1882 - "Green Apple" warning - Cholera raging.

11 September 1882 - Harvey Boyden died.

2 January 1883 - Over 6,000 tons of ice harvested by E.F. Lewis & F.A.
Hartshorn.

29 March 1883 - Granted right to set poles & run telephone wires.

28 April 1883 - Malaria fever prevalent.

11 May 1883 - 36 telephones in town.

18 May 1883 - Congregational Church of East Walpole dedicated.

22 June 1883 - Scarlet fever raging.

7 July 1883 - 104 Dogs taxed.

4 August 1883 - Billings Ellis built hose carriage for fire department.

15 February 1884 - Meeting to form a fire department.

3 March 1884 - First fire station.

25 April 1884 - Allen's Twine Shop burned.

12 July 1884 - Dr. Cullis' Cancer House on Powder Hill - Later truant school.

19 July 1884 - E. Frank Lewis sold his ice crop in Boston.

8 November 1884 - First entertainment in Bird Hall, East Walpole.

19 December 1884 - Centre School burned.

27 December 1884 - 18 degrees below zero - Walpole Star.

1 February 1885 - Artesian well at Color Works spouted 200' high.

2 April 1885 - Fast Day

28 March 1886 - First Episcopal Service.

2 May 1893 - Voted to supply water for town.

3 June 1893 - Lend-A-Hand Club organized.

25 December 1893 - Portrait of Lord Walpole given by Isaac N. Lewis.

20 December 1894 - First Water Commissioners.

1 January 1895 - Women's Club organized.

13 March 1895 - Col. William Moore died.

7 June 1895 - Contracted to construct Walpole Water Works.

23 May 1898 - Walpole Historical Society, Inc. chartered.

2 November 1901 - French-Indian War Memorial Fountain was dedicated - Gift of
George Plimpton.

24 April 1902 - Bandstand gift of Joseph Feeley.

14 May 1903 - Walpole Public Library dedicated.

30 November 1904 - Epiphany Church dedicated.

6 January 1914 - Town Seal accepted. Drawn by Edna Buck.

5 May 1916 - Town Forest dedicated.

4 November 1918 - Private Thomas Crowley killed in action - World War I.
Legion Post named for him.

11 November 1918 - Armistice - World War I

6 December 1918 - Motorized fire engines put into service.

15 August 1919 - Norfolk & Bristol Street Railway discontinued.

5 October 1924 - Bi-Centennial celebrated. Governor Channing Cox, speaker.

8 February 1926 - Voted Town Forest a game refuge.

5 March 1929 - Joshua Allen, organist died - age 91 - Civil War veteran.

11 November 1932 - Blackburn Hall dedicated.

7 August 1934 - Ida Everett - Dean of Wheaton College, died.

20 September 1936 - Stone cross erected to mark first meeting house on
common.

21 September 1938 - First hurricane in a century.

29 September 1938 - All woodlands closed after hurricane.

10 April 1940 - Julius B. Crosman died - Poet & Craftsman.

14 August 1945 - End of World War II

16 May 1949 - Voted: New Stone School.

31 March 1952 - New Police & Fire station voted.

29 April 1972 - Historical Commission established.


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