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Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Birth of Berlin


The story of Berlin’s first minister, the Rev. Reuben Puffer, and his role in helping the town branch off from Bolton will be presented by the Berlin Art and Historical Society Saturday after its monthly meeting.

Puffer, who died in 1829, was named minister of the South Parish of Bolton in November 1781, according to the society.

He is perhaps best known for helping residents navigate through the political process that made it possible for Berlin break off from Bolton and become its own town in 1812. Puffer, a farmer and father of 18, was then named the first minister of the First Parish Church of Berlin.

The presentation will be given by former Berlin resident Douglas Pierce at 8 p.m. in the town offices on Linden Street.

- Jennifer Rosinski

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