Last week's column glossed over some of the interesting details that brought William Knight and Amory Maynard to
and years later lead to the creation of Maynard. History has it that Knight and
Maynard starting buying land on both sides of the river circa 1846 with intent
to build a dam and canal (1846) and a carpet mill (1847). Assabet Village
We know for a fact that Knight sold his water rights to Long Pond (later renamed
Lake Cochituate) to Boston
on March 30, 1846, and Maynard his rights to Fort Meadow Reservoir circa 1847.
However, a careful perusal of Sudbury town
records, thankfully transcribed and posted by the Sudbury Historical Society,
identifies William Knight as active in Sudbury
affairs as early as 1843. This means that Knight and Maynard as partners were
planning to relocate years before finally being bought out from their existing
operations in, respectively, Framingham and Marlborough. What may
have sent them searching was that for years it was clear that Boston
desperately needed more water, and was looking west for solutions.
|Border stone north of the Assabet River with|
"A" for Acton on the west side. Click on
any photo to enlarge.
As for the 1871 creation of Maynard, aka Assabet Village, Stow created a committee, naming F.B. Warren, Henry Gates, Jonathan Priest, B.W. Gleason and Francis Tuttle to negotiate. According to their reports, the Assabet committee failed to show at the first scheduled meeting. At the second meeting the Assabet people took the position they the new town would be taking on debt associated with the land, so
Stow should pay
them to secede. This "...did not receive much favor from your [ Stow's] committee."
The next proposal from Assabet is that it wanted a larger part of Stow than initially proposed,
no payment. Stow counter-proposed that it did
not want the new town to be created, but if it were to happen, less land and Stow to get $15,000.
|Maynard side has a "S" because the stone|
dates to when this side was Stow
"The undersigned legal voters of the Town of Stow respectfully and urgently remonstrate against having our small town divided for the purpose of forming a new town as prayed for by the petition of Henry Fowler and others, taking as it is proposed about one half of our population and more than a third part of the valuation, it would leave our ancient town in a weak and crippled condition to which we most decidedly object."
A final note: the aqueduct from
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