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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

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Where is Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA? 

Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
In 1738, a wealthy Bostonian, Col. Jacob Wendell, bought 24,000 acres (97 km2) of lands known originally as Pontoosuck, a Mohican Indian word meaning “a field or haven for winter deer,” as a speculative investment, which he planned to subdivide and resell to others who would settle here. He formed a partnership with Philip Livingston, a wealthy kinsman from Albany, and Col. John Stoddard of Northampton, who already had claim to 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) here.

A group of young men came and began to clear the land in 1743, but threats of Indian raids associated with the conflict of the French and Indian War soon forced them to leave, and the land remained unoccupied by whites for several more years.

Soon, many others arrived from Westfield, Massachusetts, and a village began to grow, which was incorporated as Pontoosuck Plantation in 1753 by Solomon Deming, Simeon Crofoot, Stephen Crofoot, Charles Goodrich, Jacob Ensign, Samuel Taylor, and Elias Woodward. Mrs. Deming was both the first and the last of the original settlers, and she died in March, 1818 at the age of 92. Solomon Deming died in 1815 at the age of 96.

Pittsfield was officially incorporated in 1761. Royal Governor, Sir Francis Bernard named Pittsfield after British nobleman and politician William Pitt. By 1761 there were 200 residents and the plantation became the Township of Pittsfield.wikipedia


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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Engstrom's Antiseptic Soothing Ointment
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Engstrom's Antiseptic Soothing Ointment
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 1855 view of Pittsfield from a newspaper
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

1855 view of Pittsfield from a newspaper
Source: en.wikipedia.org - image is in the public domain
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Date: December 03, 1868
Location: Massachusetts
Paper: Pittsfield Sun
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Date: December 03, 1868
Location: Massachusetts
Paper: Pittsfield Sun
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association Plant
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association Plant "Then and Now"
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) bottle opener. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) bottle opener. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association  (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Berkshire Brewing Association  (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Berkshire Brewing Association (352 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 1891-1918) tray. Thanks to Scott Pepoon for the photo.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Hurlbut's High Grade Papers
Hurlbut Stationery Co., Pittsfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Hurlbut's High Grade Papers
Hurlbut Stationery Co., Pittsfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - East Street and First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

East Street and First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - Maplewood Hotel. Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

Maplewood Hotel. Pittsfield, Mass.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - South St. Pittsfield, MA - 1916
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

South St. Pittsfield, MA - 1916
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 363 Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts - Home of Jacob and Louisa Ellen Feige Gimlich
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

363 Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts - Home of Jacob and Louisa Ellen Feige Gimlich

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1814 - First Agricultural Fair in America
Elkanah Watson exhibited his two Marino sheep on the public square in Pittsfield in 1807. The...Read MORE...

1. PITTSFIELD. [Pop. 8,747. Inc. 1761.]
Pittsfield was granted to Boston, and called Boston Plantation, No. 3.

The Indian name of this...Read MORE...

1859 - First Intercollegiate Baseball Game
In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game is played in Pittsfield. Amherst defeats Williams...Read MORE...

News  1859 - A German Religious Society
We are informed that there is much religious interest among the German population of this vicinity. ...Read MORE...

February 23, 1860 - German Lutheran Church
The German Lutheran Society in this town, of which the Rev. Mr. Grotrian, a very excellent man, is...Read MORE...

News  1865 - 19 Marriageable Ladies
In one short street in Pittsfield, Mass., there are nineteen marriageable young ladies, and not an...Read MORE...

News  1868 - Train Derailment
A train on the Housatonic Railway was thrown from the track, on the 18th, by a broken rail. Every...Read MORE...

News  1869 - Worth the Pie?
An apprentice boy in Pittsfield, Mass., who was exceedingly fond of mince pies, was told by a lady...Read MORE...

News  1871 - Escaped from Jail
A burglar escaped from the jail at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, last week, in an ingenious manner. He ...Read MORE...

News  1871 - Quite a Mean Man
The Pittsfield Mass., Eagle has unearthed the mean man of that village. He is 50 years old, worth...Read MORE...

News  1872 - Buried in Pittsfield
The Pittsfield (Mass.) Eagle says that a South Berkshire father, whose child recently died of small ...Read MORE...

News  1877 - Arrest and Escape from Prussia
Jacob Straub, a naturalized citizen resident of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just returned from a...Read MORE...

News  1879 - Thieves in Men's Clothing
Two women were caught in men's clothes stealing rare plants from a conservatory at Pittsfield,...Read MORE...

News  1882 - Tree of Life
A quack physician of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, takes his medicine for all diseases from a bottle...Read MORE...

News  1884 - Tried to Repel Burglars
Francis Kernochan, a manufacturer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, arose in the night to repel...Read MORE...

News  1885 - 100th Birthday
Mrs. Elizabeth Granger, of Pittsfield, Mass., who has been a widow seventy-five years, celebrated...Read MORE...

Pittsfield Massachusetts, 1890
"PITTSFIELD, the seat of justice in Berkshire County, is a large flourishing town, distinguished...Read MORE...

1891 - Incorporated
In 1891, the City of Pittsfield is incorporated, and William Stanley, Jr., who had recently...Read MORE...

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1902 - Roosevelt
On September 3, 1902, at 10:15 AM, during a two-week tour through New England campaigning for...Read MORE...

News  1902 - PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MIRACULOUSLY ESCAPES DEATH FROM AN ELECTRIC CAR WHICH RUNS DOWN HIS CARRIAGE AND KILLS SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
EXECUTIVE CAUGHT IN WRECK AND BRUISED.

BRAVE GUARD AND THE DRIVER ARE MANGLED.

SECRETARY...Read MORE...

News  1905 - BERKSHIRE COUNTY. PITTSFIELD. Freight Handler Injured.
John W. Bline, a freight handler employed by the Boston and Albany railroad company, sustained a...Read MORE...

1906
Pittsfield, a city, the capital of Berkshire co., Mass., on the Housatonic River and on the Boston...Read MORE...

News  1907 - MISS ROBINSON’S BODY FOUND. Recovered From Pontoosuc Lake Early Yesterday Afternoon — Clothing Did Not Catch Fire.
At 2:30 yesterday afternoon the body of Miss Lucy May Robinson, who was drowned Tuesday night in...Read MORE...

News  1908 - BERKSHIRE COUNTY. PITTSFIELD. DAMAGE BY HIGH WIND.
Trees Blown Over, Buildings Damaged and Wires Down as Result of Lively Storm.

A wind and...Read MORE...

News  1912 - Ty Cobb Offered Match - Wanted in Pittsfield, Mass., to Meet Billy Mantel
Failing to induce Young Britt or George Chaney to sign agreements for a match, Ty Cobb, the...Read MORE...

News  1916 - Wire Netting Bathing Suit
A Pittsfield (Mass). man says he will invent a wire netting bathing suit which will be worn in...Read MORE...

News  1927 - Andrew de Giorgis Slips from Sewer Pipe While Trying to Cross Housatonic River on It.
Pittsfield, May 22.— Andrew de Giorgis, 42, of 3 Naples avenue, was drowned in the east branch of...Read MORE...

News  Tuesday, October 13, 1942 - Looking Backward - 50 Years Ago
Old wooden building used as brewery for many years by Gimlich & White and located in rear of...Read MORE...

News  Tuesday, February 5, 1946 - 25 years ago
Berkshire Brewing Association votes to brew beer no longer, but turn to soft drinks because of...Read MORE...

News  Thursday, January 29, 1948 - Looking Backward - 50 Years Ago
Gimlich & White are storing immense quantities of ice from Silver Lake. Twenty teams are...Read MORE...

News  1949 - Lutheran Church to Mark 90th Anniversary Sunday
More than 900 members of Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate the church's 90th anniversary Sunday...Read MORE...

News  Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - Condemned property burns
Benning W. De La Mater
Wednesday, September 13 PITTSFIELD - A blaze that drew dozens of...Read MORE...

News  Thursday, September 14, 2006 - Officials: Fire set on purpose
Benning W. De La Mater
Thursday, September 14 PITTSFIELD -- Fire investigators determined the fire ...Read MORE...


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