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Leading Business Men of Greenfield and Vicinity

Leading Business Men of Greenfield and Vicinity

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Excerpt from Leading Business Men of Greenfield and Vicinity: Embracing Also Turners Falls, Orange, and Athol

The history of Greenfield does not differ materially, as regards its more prominent features, from that of many other New England towns, for like most of our Massachusetts communities of any especial importance the town has developed the most with the past score of years or so, its growth being almost entirely due to the advancement of manufacturing interests. There are some peculiarities of Greenfield's progress however, which are deserving of much more than passing mention and one of the most significant and gratifying of these is the magnitude of the retail business as compared with the population of the town, it being estimated that $12.00 worth of goods are sold here to every dollar's worth that changes hands in the average community of no greater population. This of course can be explained by the simple statement that Greenfield is the trade center for a large area of country, but such a statement does not tell the whole story by any means, for the causes which have contributed to make the town a favorite resort with retail buyers must be understood before the matter can be appreciated, and a careful perusal of the sketches of the representative mercantile houses in this volume will go far to make such an understanding possible. These concerns, as a whole, have adopted a most liberal and enterprising policy, and as a result, the residents of the sections adjoining Greenfield find it well worth their while to purchase the bulk of their supplies from these far-sighted and well-equipped houses. Activity and prosperity iu mercantile circles argue satisfactory financial facilities, and certainly the town is well supplied in this important resi)ect, there being three national banks and two savings banks within its limits. Greenfield is the shire town of Franklin County, and was at one time a portion of the town of Deerfield, by which it is now bounded on the south. It is bounded by the Connecticut river and the town of Gill, on the east; on the north by Leyden and Bernardston and on the west by Shelburne, its area being about 17 1-2 square miles.

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