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1. Jane and George Cheney, 1916 Jane and George Cheney, 1916 Williamsburg (Mass.); Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Disasters--Massachusetts--Northampton; Cheney, George, 1844-1918; Alvord, Jane Elizabeth, 1847-1922; Cheney, Phillip Donald, ?-1919; Graves, Charles Erastus, 1894-1988; Graves, Joseph Edwin, 1892-1969 George Cheney was one of the heroes of the May 16, 1874 Mill River Disaster that took many lives in Williamsburg and Northampton, Mass. Cheney, the caretaker of the huge reservoir dam that failed that...

2. Collins Graves' medal for heroism during the Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass., 1874 Collins Graves' medal for heroism during the Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass., 1874 Graves, Daniel Collins, 1840-1910; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Skinner, William, 1824-1902; Medals; Skinnerville (Mass.); Haydenville (Mass.) On May 16, 1874 a large water-power reservoir dam three miles above Williamsburg on the East Branch of the Mill River failed catastrophically, causing vast destruction and the loss of 139 lives in the...

3. View from east side of reservoir bed, showing west wall and gatekeeper's house, after the 1874 Mill River View from east side of reservoir bed, showing west wall and gatekeeper's house, after the 1874 Mill River Disaster in Williamsburg, Mass. Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts; Williamsburg (Mass.); Cheney, George, 1844-1918 Stereographic view of the failed dam and Cheney cabin after the 1874 Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three miles above...

4. Wreckage along Joe Wright Brook after the 1874 Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass. Wreckage along Joe Wright Brook after the 1874 Mill River Disaster, Williamsburg, Mass. Disasters--United States; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg Stereographic view of wreckage along Joe Wright Brook in the aftermath of the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three...

5. Water turbine on site of William Skinner's silk mill, Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Water turbine on site of William Skinner's silk mill, Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Skinnerville; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Water turbines; Skinner, William, 1824-1902 Stereographic view of William Skinner's water turbine in Skinnerville after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three...

6. View of Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster View of Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Skinnerville; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Skinner, William, 1824-1902 Stereographic overview of the ruined village of Skinnerville after the 1874 Mill River Disaster, looking east On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir...

7. Hayden, Gere & Co's Brass works, from the East Hayden, Gere & Co's Brass works, from the East Disasters--United States; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--Massachusetts--Haydenville; Brass Industry and trade--Massachusetts--Haydenville; Hayden, Gere & Co. Stereographic view of Hayden, Gere & Co. brass works, looking upstream after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir three...

8. Williamsburg conch shell, c. 1771 Williamsburg conch shell, c. 1771 Williamsburg (Mass.); Thayer, Joshua, 1742-1822; Local government-Massachusetts-Williamsburg; Shells; Wind instruments This conch shell was blown to call residents to the first meeting of the newly erected District of Williamsburgh on May 6, 1771, and to all Town Meetings for many years thereafter. At that first meeting...

9. Site of the home of Dr. Elbridge Johnson, 1836?-1874, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Site of the home of Dr. Elbridge Johnson, 1836?-1874, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Johnson, Elbridge M., 1836-1874; James, Henry Lyman, 1829-1896; Adams, William Henry, 1823-1874 Stereographic view of the place where Dr. Johnson's house and his entire household of six were lost in the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre...

10. Store, Grange Hall, Town Hall c.1910/2011 Store, Grange Hall, Town Hall c.1910/2011 Williamsburg (Mass.); Williamsburg Grange; General stores--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Schools--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; City halls--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Williamsburg Historical Society This pair of images shows a corner of Richard F. Burke's General Store at left (now the Williamsburg General Store); the Williamsburg Center School (now the Grange Hall) at center; and the old Town Hall...

11. Haydenville after Mill River Disaster, 1874 Haydenville after Mill River Disaster, 1874 Williamsburg (Mass.); Haydenville (Mass.); Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg This large (13.5 x 10.25 inches) and wonderfully detailed photograph was taken from an embankment above the raised railroad grade at the southeast end of Haydenville, one of the villages in Williamsburg,...

12. Thaddeus Bartlett's house in Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Thaddeus Bartlett's house in Skinnerville, Williamsburg, Mass., after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Skinnerville; Dam failures--Massachusetts; Bartlett, Thaddeus, 1807-1884 Stereographic view of the heavily flood-damaged home of Thaddeus Bartlett in Skinnerville after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water...

13. View of Williamsburg, Mass. reservoir dam ruins after the 1874 Mill River Disaster View of Williamsburg, Mass. reservoir dam ruins after the 1874 Mill River Disaster Dam failures--Massachusetts; Disasters--United States; Disasters--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Dams--design and construction; Cheney, George, 1844-1918; Spelman, Onslow, 1821-1905 Stereographic view of the ruins of the Williamsburg Reservoir Company Dam after the Mill River Disaster On the morning of May 16, 1874 the huge earthen dam holding back a 100-acre water power reservoir...

14. Home of W. A. Hawks and site of first Williamsburg, Mass. library Home of W. A. Hawks and site of first Williamsburg, Mass. library Williamsburg (Mass.); Hawks, William Avery, 1834-1892; Jones, Annie Juliet, 1851-1921; Hawks, Clara Bodman, 1888-1975; Meekins, Stephen, 1812-1894; Libraries--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Dwellings--Massachusetts--Williamsburg This photographic post card shows the North Main Street, Williamsburg home of William Avery Hawks. Advocates for culture and refinement, Mr. Hawks and his second wife Annie Juliet (Jones) founded the Williamsburg...

15. Sophie Eaton & Ronald Reagan, 1969 Sophie Eaton & Ronald Reagan, 1969 Williamsburg (Mass.); Damon, Sophia Clara, 1896-1987; Reagan, Ronald Wilson, 1911-2004; Pillsbury Company; Elementary school teachers--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Baking-Competitions--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Bake-Off (Contest) Sophie (Damon) Eaton, a beloved grammar-school teacher in Williamsburg for many decades, was a finalist in the 20th Annual Pillsbury Company Bake-Off Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969. As part...

16. Nash Hill Schoolhouse restoration diptych, c. 1971-86 Nash Hill Schoolhouse restoration diptych, c. 1971-86 Williamsburg (Mass.); Schools--Massachusetts--Williamsburg; Rural schools--Massachusetts--Williamsburg This pair of photographs shows the one-room schoolhouse on Nash Hill in Williamsburg, Mass., which was in use on its present site from 1786 until 1917. The pictures were taken during and after its restoration...
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