As Gloucester grew in the 1800s, town affairs became more complicated. This document shows a variety of anticipated expenses – from the fire department to snow bills and the care of the “insane”. By 1860 Gloucester has established itself as a large and thriving community.
Estimate of the Selectmen for Town Expenses for 1860
|For Interest||3300||00||Amt. brought up||$10840||00|
|“ Engine Men1||2500||00||Overseers of the Poor||5000||00|
|“ Town Officers||850||00||Committees Pay||100||00|
|“ Printing||300||00||Town Clock & Bells||175||00|
|“ Fire Dept.||1500||00||School Fund||1200||00|
|“ Harbor Master||140||00||Board of Health||1250||00|
|“ Public Buildings||200||00||Snow Bills2||200||00|
|“ Insane||300||00||New roads and inforcement||1000||00|
|“ School Books||100||00||Miscellaneous Expenses||2000||00|
|“ Hannah Duref’s Case||800||00|
|“ Engine House Parts, &c||650||00|
1 Engine men = men who run the “fire – engines”
2 Snow bills = money spent to clear the roads of snow
3 Lockeep = ?
Estimate for Town Expenses, 1860. Gloucester Archives, Gloucester, MA.
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