Here are links to some of the local history vignettes. We will publish local history vignettes here on a regular basis. So check back often.
Wilbraham was first settled in 1730, by Nathaniel Hitchcock. Originally, it was part of Springfield, but it was decided that it was too far to walk to Springfield to go to church, so Wilbraham should have its own church and become a separate town. The town was officially incorporated in 1763.
J.F. Hanifin's Horseshoeing and Jobbing in Bondsville used to be located directly behind St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church. The building no longer stands.
The short answer, of course, is that Congress says it is. In 1941, Congress decreed that Thanksgiving should be held the fourth Thursday of November. Congress was formalizing the Thanksgiving-on-Thursday that had been observed annually across the nation since 1863.