Chester, Massachusetts

Chester, Mass. Hampden Co. This is a mountainous township, but good for grazing. In 1837, it had 3,720 sheep; their wool weighed 10,325 pounds, and sold for $5,818. There are 2 cotton mills in Chester, 3 tanneries, and a window blind factory. Total amount of manufactures, in one year, $47,975. Branches of Westfield river pass through the town. Incorporated, 1765. Population, 1837, 1,290. 115 miles W. by S. from Boston, and 20 N.W. from Springfield. John Hayward, The New England Gazetteer, 1839.