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The Second Incident at Marlborough

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Previously, we recounted that Daniel Gookin, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, had recruited six Praying Indians then held at Deer Island, to accompany the army as guides as the army traveled in the wilderness to find enemy Indians. Two of these men had been spies in the previous months and had lived with the enemy and […]

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1966 Top Twenty Songs

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1. California Dreamin Mamas and the Papas Play 2. 96 Tears ? and the Mysterians Play 3. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin Play 4. Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees Play 5. Reach Out I’ll Be There Four Tops Play 6. These Boots are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra Play 7. Cherish  The […]

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The Indian Spies From Deer Island

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During the period of 1675-1676, perhaps the greatest spy story of early America involved the town of Marlborough. When the colonial army left to confront the Narragansett Indians in December of 1675, General Daniel Gookin, Superintendent for Indian Affairs, went to Deer Island to enlist two of the Praying Indians in a spy mission. These […]

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1965 Top Ten Movies

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Movie Company Gross Box Office Rental 1. The Sound of Music 20th Century Fox          $72,000,000 2. Doctor Zhivago         MGM          $43,000,000 3. ThunderballColumbia Pictures   United Artists          $27,000,000 4. Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 20th Century Fox   […]

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The Hungry March

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One of the fascinating things about Marlborough is the degree to which it participated in the parade of American history.  Oftentimes, by virtue of its location on the frontier and on the main road, armies or caravans would pass through the town in their passage from the west into Boston, or from Boston to the […]

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1965 Top Twenty Songs

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1. Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Play 2. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) Four Tops Play 3. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones Play 4. You Were On My Mind Wee Five Play 5. You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin Righteous Brothers Play 6. Downtown Petula Clark Play 7. […]

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The Attack on Peter Bent’s Mill

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At some unknown time, Peter Bent, who had previously built the bridge over the Sudbury River, had also constructed a mill in today’s Southborough on land now flooded by the Metropolitan system near the Framingham line.  It probably served the farmlands established in Southborough and west Framingham.  It was somewhat isolated, however, and was attacked […]

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The Town Prepares for War

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From August 14, 1675 to August 19, the people of Marlborough looked on as the ill-fated troop of soldiers returned, wounded and broken from the battle at Brookfield. These events and others, particularly the attack on nearby Lancaster, provided strong motivation for establishing a defensive plan for the town.  At some point, it’s not certain […]

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1964 Top Twenty Songs

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1. I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles Play 2. She Loves You  The Beatles Play 3. Hello Dolly  Louis Armstrong Play 4. Oh, Pretty Woman  Roy Orbison Play 5. I Get Around  The Beach Boys Play 6. Everybody Loves Somebody  Dean Martin Play 7. My Guy  Mary Wells Play 8. We’ll Sing in […]

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The Wanderings of Sarah Conomog

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When the Praying Indian Plantation of Ockammakemesit was broken up, the local Praying Indians had to choose where to go. Most went to Natick where they had relatives. But some had ties to the Wamesits in present day Tewksbury. This included Sarah Conomog, widow of the local chief Onamog who had died in 1674. As […]