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Beaman Memorial Public Library Historical Collection

Beaman Memorial Library

Presented here are photographs that document the history of West Boylston, Massachusetts. Highlights include photographs taken around 1890, at the time of the building of the Wachusett Reservoir, and photographs by James Higgins.

James Higgins was born in 1867 in Fitchburg, married Lila G. Dana of Hudson in 1892, and according to the 1900 census he and his family were living in West Boylston. His occupation was given as grocery man. He moved about during his lifetime and had various occupations but never "photographer." This seems to be a hobby for him and, based on the images, he was highly skilled.

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