Montgomery Massachusetts, 1890

Montgomery is a small, mountainous and exclusively farming town on the Westfield River, in the northwesterly part of Hampden County, 115 miles from Boston by the Boston and Albany Railroad, which follows the Westfield River along the southwestern line of the town. The station is Russell. Montgomery village is near the centre of the town.

Huntington forms the boundary on the northwest and north; Southampton adjoins it in a deeply serrated line on the northeast; Westfield lies on the southeast, and Russell on the southwest, separated by Westfield River. The assessed area is 8,603 acres, 3,374 acres being woodland. There is much wild and picturesque scenery. Bungy Hill in the northeast, Tekoa Hill in the southwest, and Rock Hill on the northwest border, are the highest elevations. Moose-meadow, Shatterack, Bear-den and Roaring brooks, affluents of the Westfield River, rising within the town, are the principal streams.

There are 62 farms, whose aggregate product, in 1885, had the value of $57,304. The population was 278, including 84 legal voters; and they were sheltered in 63 dwelling-houses. The valuation of the town in 1888 was $138,401, with a tax-rate of $10 on $1,000. There were five public school-houses, valued at upwards of $2,000. The Congregationalists and the Methodists each have a church here.

Montgomery was originally the eastern part of "No.5," and was incorporated November 28, 1780. It may have been named for General Richard Montgomery, who was killed at Quebec in 1775.

p. 476 in Nason and Varney's Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1890

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