New Hampshire Storm and Flood, Oct 1869
At Wilton, the damage seems to have been even greater. The stable of George Wallace was undermined and hurled with tremendous force down the river. the bridge near Langdon's stable, and Woodman's foot bridge, were destroyed, while at French Village the bridge was carried away, and the Davis Corporation mill ruined. More than five hundred feet of the railroad where it was graded from four to six feet high, is washed flat. Newell's mill is undermined, and left resting upon two corners. A Wilton man informs us that there is scarcely a small bridge in the place but what is injured, and many a total loss. The damage in the town is estimated at $100,000.
Wilton must be seen to get any just appreciation of the deluge, and the town is left in almost as pitable a condition as Portland after the fire.
At Brookline, the shingle mill of J. H. Hall was destroyed, and his dam injured. Mr. Amos Gould lost two dams, and bridges without number were lifted or undermined. A mile above Mr. Hall's, the dam and saw mill belonging to Mrs. Abel Spalding, (in the edge of Milford) where wholly destroyed. The mills and dams of Cook, Putnam & Co., were saved through the strenuous efforts of fifty men. The main street in the village was overflowed and cellars inundated.
The Piscataqua river near Manchester was higher than had ever been known before. The damage to the town of Goffstown, which is on this stream, is placed at $5,000. The public bridge there was swept away, and Mr. John Leach, a citizen of the town, who was crossing at the time was drowned. He was about 35 years old, a dealer in wood and a sash and blind manufacturer, and leaves a family.
The Sand-Hill bridge in Bedford has started and is not safe to be used.
AT THE NORTH
the damage is as great as in this vicinity. A horse at West Concord was carried away. The Northern, Claremont, Contoocook Valley and Montreal roads are so badly damaged that trains could not run on Tuesday.
The bridge at Dimond's Hill in the western part of Concord has been carried away, and the damage at Hopkinton village is estimated at $5000.
A mill near the Glen House was carried away while J. M. Thompson, Esq., and another man were removing killed. Mr. T. has been landlord of this popular house for nearly twenty years. Neither of the bodies have been recovered.
The Farmers' Cabinet, Amherst, NH 7 Oct 1869