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Selected Events from the History of Ashland

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1600's American Indian
Megunko, 1659-1675

Just southeast of the Nyanza Superfund Site was the location of one of the first seven indian praying villages and considered an outpost of the more prominent indian village in Natick. The variations of the tribe's name varies from Magunsquog, Magunkook, Makunkokoag, and Megonejuk are found, and Mr. Eliot, the missionary to the tribe, spelled it Magwonkkomuk. The road to the Nyanza site is spelled Megunko Road as it once lead to Megunko Hill.

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1700's Colonial America

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1800's Town Incorporation

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1900's Industrialization
Telechron, 1912-1992

Started by Henry Warren in Ashland, Telechron, a word he composed of two separate greek words - "time" and "across distance." Warren master clocks were installed in utility power plants and made accurate synchronous clocks possible. In Electrifying Time, Jim Linz writes that "in 1947, Warren Master Clocks regulated over 95 percent of the electric lines in the United States." Just look over this library's reference desk to see a restored replica, this model was often in schools.

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1917-78 Nyanza Colorant

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1980-90's Activism
Kevin Kane, 1972-1998

Kevin P. Kane was an Ashland resident who had a rare and aggressive cancer. He died within a year of his diagnosis and spent the last months of his life as an advocate in search of the truth. His courage and persistence lead to The Ashland Nyanza Health Study (completed in 2006). The Study confirmed that the cluster of rare cancers in Ashland's youth were a result of their proximity to the Nyanza Chemical plant.

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2000's Public Health Study


Time-Lapse Photos of Ashland with Population Growth Chart

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