1869 - Swept Away
AMHERST AND MT. VERNON.
Thousands of dollars will be needed to repair the damage done in this town. Of bridges gone are two on the New Boston road, the one near the residence of Noah Batchelder, and the one at the foot of Trow's hill.
Of dams known to be partially or wholly lost, are, Whiting's at the mill in this village, Jotham Hartshorn's in the west part of the town, the dam at Trow's mill, (above Hartshorn's in Mont Vernon.) and that at Stickney's mill, a mile below this village.
The loss at the Hartshorn mill is mainly in lumber, some 150,000 feet having been swept away. A new wagon loaded with lumber for delivery, was carried off and made a perfect wreck.
The greatest loss, however, in this immediate neighborhood, to dams and mills, is at the Trow mill, Mont Vernon, the dam, mill, and a two story box shop being all swept away and entirety destroyed. The loss is estimated at $3,000. Mr. Trow had a very narrow escape, passing out of the mill just before it started.
The roads on all our hills are scenes of desolation. The Mack hill is a perfect wreck, being gullied out for rods from 6 to 10 feet deep. The hill near James Crooker's on the road running west, is still worse, and the hills on the old turnpike to Mont Vernon are almost irreparable. The road down the main hill on the stage road to Mont Vernon was saved by the seasonable turning of the water into the side gullies, but at the hill below, at the Clark place, (D. A. Trow's) the road was literally washed out.
The Farmers' Cabinet
Amherst, New Hampshire
October 7, 1869
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