The three color pictures were sent by Bob and Amy
Burns. They were taken by Amy's uncle, Doug Taylor.
Flood at Spindleville - 1955
down the river used to belong to my mom and dad. My father and Bill Francis
built it before the end of World War II. I was very young and would be with my
mother while she ran the store, because my father worked in Drapers. A very
nice man who worked for Rosenfeld Concrete would stop in the store and
take me with him on his runs to deliver concrete. I felt like a giant riding in
that cement mixer.
We sold the store to Mr. and Mrs. Hatt. Mrs. Hatt had a collection of salt and
pepper shakers; some say she had over 400 pair. My brother John helped
her husband save as many as they could before the building slipped into
My brother added that it was the water wheel that gave the mill its power that
caused the water to wash the store down the river. The water wheel came
off its stand and lodged crooked and would not let the water pass through,
causing the Mill River to find another route. The store was in an area a little
lower than the spindle mill. That is where the Mill Street kids waited for the
school bus. David Atkinson, February 2008.
The 1927, 1938 and 1955 floods in Spindleville
Thanks to Paul Doucette for sending this Doug Taylor photo.
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