Gill — Industries

Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.

      As an agricultural town, Gill is more than ordinarily fruitful, and the chief support of her inhabitants is gained from the soil. The soil is deep and strong, and in the Connecticut valley is especially valuable for the production of tobacco, of which, however, the cultivation has latterly materially diminished. According to the census of 1875, the value of agricultural and domestic products in Gill for that year was $148,348, and of manufactures $18,500.
      The most important manufacturing interest is that of the Turner's Falls Lumber Company, which began operations at Riverside, on the Gill shore of the river, at the Falls, in 1867. Running to its full capacity, the company's mill employs the services of forty men, and produces from 30,000 to 40,000 feet of lumber daily.
      The assessed valuation of the town in 1878 was $460,766, of which $390,694 was on real estate. The total State, county, and town tax was $4889.66, or a rate of a trifle over one per cent.

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