SeeSpencer - Anecdotes of Spencer's People: Ginery Twitchell Enter Ginery Twitchell (August 26, 1811 – July 23, 1883)

Ginery Twitchell, an exceptional postal express rider, who on January 23, 1846 rode sixty miles through deep snow from Worcester to Hartford in 3 hours and twenty minutes. This was impressive because the average horse will sustain a full gallop for about 1-2 miles in normal circumstances let alone in deep snow.  Twitchell logistical talent started to show since he had made prior arrangements to have horses ready at 10 mile intervals along  his route.

Ginery Twitchell later (1830), headed a stage coach line that ran between Barre & Worcester. His stage line worked in competition and quasi-partnership with the new Boston and Worcester Railroad, (July 1, 1835) before he became B&W’s assistant superintendent (June 1, 1848 and later it’s president (1857.

From  1867-1871,  Twitchell served as the Republican Representative for Massachusetts for three consecutive terms and in his last term became the sixth president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (1870). While Twitchell was at the helm of the SanteFe, the railroad expanded approximately 500 miles from Kansas to Colorado. In 1873 he returned to Massachusetts and headed Boston, Barre and Gardner railroad, as well as the Hoosac Tunnel and Western Railroad. He died on July 23, 1883 of Typhoid fever

 

One lasting Ginery Twitchell legacy that ran through Spencer’s downtown hub across Massachusetts is the stage bearings his name, as well as the names of many a forgotten village. It was recently  restored and put on display  in nearby Barre. As you drive from Spencer to Barre imagine how it would have been to ride locally from town to town. What might have been the topics of discussion?

One of the best coaches that served the region was the recently restored Ginery Twitchell stagecoach, the best of 1859 by Abbott Downing of Concord NH. The stage weighs 2, 450 pounds and seated 12 passengers along with mail service.

 

Barre Stagecoach restored from scratch.

Historical Society members guide a 12-passenger Concord coach into the coach house, where the wheels will be put back on before the stagecoach is displayed publicly next month. (BradFORD L. Miner)