Montgomery — Industries
Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.
Montgomery is a strictly agricultural town, and it is upon the fruits of the soil that its inhabitants depend exclusively for support. Much valuable timber, such as oak, walnut, chestnut, beech, birch, maple, and hemlock, is found upon the woodlands, and furnishes ample supply for a brisk manufacture of lumber for both home demand and shipment to other points. The raising of stock and the production of butter and cheese may be regarded as the principal industrial interests, the growing of grain and other agricultural products receives some attention, but the yield does not extend beyond the limits of local consumption. There are 65 farms in the town, and among them are some upon which tobacco is successfully cultivated in a small way, while all of them are rich grazing-grounds.
The assessed value of the town in 1878 was $160,000, on which the tax was $2333 (for State, county, and town), or a rate of $14.56 per $1000. The value of agricultural and domestic products in 1875 was $54,331; that of manufactures, $3643.