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Mill River Flood (Leeds)

Myron Day saw the wave, the broken river rushing forward in a powerful push

He raced the water that day with speed, to try to warn the families and workers of Leeds

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

Vats of dye lie in the river’s wake, colors mixed with wool, and rock rubble, like an eye of a bent needle

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

The village doctor was last seen with two children in his arms, his wife with the other, by his side, and then he was gone, and they were, too

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

Ten year old George, sat down to breakfast, then lost his entire family as the water washed through, and who knows if it was luck or grace, or just the opposite, that kept that boy alive

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

Four days later, the inquest begins with the body of John Atkinson

but it was the dam itself the inquest jury was looking into, probing with critical eyes, and looking for blame

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

Rude boards Slips of paper Rings on fingers Names, only

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

And as far away as Goshen, the dam bursting, sounded like an earthquake, shaking ground and foundations

Theodore Hitchcock never made it - his dangerous trek across the river to the mill to find his ledgers of business records, and save it - No, Theodore Hitchcock never made it

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

Milkman Collins Graves, with the sound of metal buckets banging and liquid inside, sloshing, makes his way to the villages, warning of the water to come, yells tossing as echoes of homes and businesses

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

If a horse can be a hero, then here, surely, is one, the same one, unnamed, who galloped three miles from dam to town, bearing the man, warning that disaster loomed, and still, not finishing this most important race, first

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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Mill River Flood (Williamsburg)

One lone man, standing, motionless, on an island of nothingness, the west and east branches of the river, flowing, no one yet knowing the damage wrought by sudden flood

Reference: The Mill River Flood of May 1874, in Williamsburg, Leeds Massachusetts

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