Hubbardston, Massachusetts

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Hubbardston, Massachusetts
Town
Hubbardston Library
Hubbardston Library
Official seal of Hubbardston, Massachusetts
Seal
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Detail of Worcester County map
Detail of Worcester County map
Coordinates: 42°28′25″N 72°00′24″W / 42.47361°N 72.00667°W / 42.47361; -72.00667Coordinates: 42°28′25″N 72°00′24″W / 42.47361°N 72.00667°W / 42.47361; -72.00667
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1737
Incorporated 1767
Government
 • Type Open town meeting
 • Town Administrator Anita M. Scheipers
Area
 • Total 42.0 sq mi (108.7 km2)
 • Land 41.0 sq mi (106.3 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Elevation 993 ft (303 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,382
 • Density 100/sq mi (40/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01452
Area code(s) 351 / 978
FIPS code 25-31435
GNIS feature ID 0618367
Website www.hubbardstonma.us

Hubbardston is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the town population was 4,382.[1]

History[edit]

Hubbardston, the "Northeast Quarter", of Rutland was incorporated as a separate district in 1767 and named for Thomas Hubbard (1702-1773) Commissary General of the Province of Massachusetts and Treasurer of Harvard College.[2] It is reported in local history that in view of the honor of giving his name to the town, Hubbard promised to provide the glass for the windows of the first meeting house built in town. To make his liberality more conspicuous, the people planned for extra windows. Hubbard died in 1773, and his estate was so complicated that the town of Hubbardston received nothing and was obliged to glaze the windows at its own expense.[3] Eleazer Brown in 1737 located on a farm of 60 acres given him by the proprietors of Rutland provided he operate a public house or inn.[4] Until 1746, Mr. Brown and his wife were the only inhabitants of Hubbardston. After Eleazer's death (it is said that he was killed by a deer), Mrs. Brown was the only occupant of town for several years and kept a public house for prominent travelers. In 1749 Israel Green moved into Hubbardston. His daughter, Molly Green, is reported to be the first child born in Hubbardston. Mr. Green was the first chairman of the board of selectmen.[citation needed]

By the 19th century, dairy and berry farming and market gardening were major enterprises. Immigrants from Ireland, French Canada, England, Sweden and Finland moved to town to work on local farms.[citation needed]

The town's early economy was based on agriculture and small-scale chair, boot and shoe manufacturing. It is described by historians as a poor town, sparsely settled and almost wholly agricultural, but having sawmills, potash works and cottage industries such as the making of palm leaf hats. Dairy and berry farming and market gardening were major pursuits in the town.[citation needed]

Hubbardston was represented by 65 men during the Revolutionary War.[citation needed]

Hubbardston was sympathetic to Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts.[5] One of the leaders of the rebellion, Captain Adam Wheeler, was from Hubbardston.[5] In 1786, eighty men from the town marched to Worcester under Wheeler's command and, joining hundreds of other farmers, took control of the courthouse to protest the widespread foreclosures and seizures of property by creditors that occurred during the cash-poor 18th century.[5][6]

Hubbardston furnished 164 men during the Civil War. 44 were killed or died of illness.[citation needed]

Hubbardston is home to the invention of the first backhoe swing frame developed in July 1947 by Vaino J. Holopainen (pronounced “Waino”) and Roy E. Handy, Jr., (thus the company name “Wain-Roy”) and assigned to Wain-Roy Corporation of Hubbardston, MA. In July 1948, patent # 2,698,697 was filed by Vaino J. Holopainen.

On the afternoon of June 22, 1981, a confirmed F3 tornado touched down in Hubbardston northwest of the town center, causing significant damage.[citation needed]

Town statistics[edit]

  • Population (2010): 4,382
  • Registered voters: 2,754
  • School enrollment
  • Center School: 474
  • Quabbin Regional Middle / High School: 1,366
  • Tax rate: $9.43
  • Operating budget: $6,398,646
  • Form of government
  • Open town meeting
  • 3 Selectboard members
  • Area: 41.03 square miles (110 km2)
  • Roads: 88 miles (140 km)

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.0 square miles (109 km2), of which 41.0 square miles (106 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), or 2.19%, is water. Hubbardston is bounded on the northwest by Phillipston and Templeton, on the northeast by Gardner and Westminster, on the southeast by Princeton and Rutland, and on the southwest by Barre.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,909 people, 1,308 households, and 1,071 families residing in the town. The population density was 95.3 people per square mile (36.8/km²). There were 1,360 housing units at an average density of 33.1 per square mile (12.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.39% White, 0.15% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 1,308 households out of which 43.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.2% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.1% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.1% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $61,462, and the median income for a family was $66,058. Males had a median income of $48,730 versus $33,654 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,072. About 2.1% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under the age of 18 and 7.9% of those 65 and older.

Government[edit]

County-level state agency heads
Clerk of Courts: Dennis P. McManus (D)
District Attorney: Joseph D. Early, Jr. (D)
Register of Deeds: Anthony J. Vigliotti (D)
Register of Probate: Stephen Abraham (D)
County Sheriff: Lew Evangelidis (R)
State government
State Representative(s): Anne Gobi (D)
State Senator(s): Stephen M. Brewer (D)
Governor's Councilor(s): Jen Caissie (R)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): James P. McGovern (D-2nd District),
U.S. Senators: Elizabeth Warren (D), Ed Markey (D)


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Bureau of Census". Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hubbard, Thomas". Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Stowe, John (1881). History of the town of Hubbardston. 
  4. ^ Reed, Jonas (1836). A history of Rutland. 
  5. ^ a b c Hubbardston Business Association. "Welcome to Hubbardston". Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  6. ^ History.com Encyclopedia. "Shays Rebellion". Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • History of the Town of Hubbardston: From the Time Its territory Was Purchased of the Indians in 1686 to 1881 by Rev. J.M. Stowe; published by the Town of Hubbardston Publishing Committee, Printed by Higginson Book Company, 1881

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