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2016 Visitor's Guide

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32 www.randomlake.org The history of Hing- ham goes back to its platting in 1850, when families from New En- gland arrived to es- tablish what became a classic mill town. Orig- inal families included Hobart, Tibbitts, Currier, Cobb, Hill, Twist, Morrill, Brooke and Gifford. Harnessing the power of the Onion River was essential to get the mills up and running. In the early 1850's members of the Hobart and Tibbitts families dammed the Onion River and built a saw mill in the river flats just north of Water Street. Edward Hobart opened a grist and feed mill around 1954. By 1873, the village had at least 24 businesses, including a general store, stone mason, wagon maker, blacksmith, photographer, real estate office and post office. Hingham also was proclaimed the "egg capital" with S. D. Hyde exporting more than 102,000 doz- en eggs in one year. The first school opened in 1856, near the cemetery. An ex- panded school was constructed on the same site around 1904, and it remained Hing- ham's education cen- ter for 95 years. A new school opened in 1960, on Bridge Road, but consolidation with the Oostburg School Dis- trict occurred by 1962. Hingham's first set- tlers completed a Meth- odist church in 1866. It was a Greek Revival de- sign and served the con- gregation for 111 years. In 1891, Dutch Calvinists established a Reformed church on the corner of Bridge and Church Streets. Today Hingham Re- formed Church stands on the site. The early citizens of Hingham lobbied for a railroad for decades. Although grading was nearly finished in 1895, the Edwin L. Ingelse 4/10/1919 - 12/15/1942 Cpl. Ingelse, who was born in Hingham, joined the Army on April 20, 1941. He served with Co. E, 32nd Division, 128th Infantry, in New Guinea, where he was killed in action. Burial was in the Manila American Cemetery in The Philippines. 4" 2.6" 4" 2.6" 4" 2.6" 4" 2.6" 4" 2.6" HINGHAM We Honor a Hometown Hero

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