Athol, Massachusetts

Founded 1762. || The Indian name of this town was Paquoig or Paguaige. This pleasant place lies 60 miles W.N.W. from Boston, 28 N.W. from Worcester, and about 24 W. from Fitchburg. Miller's river is a fine stream, and affords Athol a great water power. The manufactures of Athol consist of cotton goods, boots, shoes, leather, paper, iron castings, scythes, ploughs, cabinet ware, machinery, straw bonnets, palm leaf hats, shoe pegs, harnesses, shoe and hat boxes, pails, sashes, doors and blinds; annual amount about $175,000. Incorporated, 1762. Population, 1837, 1,603. John Hayward, The New England Gazetteer, 1839.