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South Deerfield's contribution the the Mill River flood relief fund was typical of the generosity shown by villages near the disaster-stricken region. Financial contributions totaled $93,000, while goods of all kinds, such as blankets, clothing, and food easily surpassed that. In the 19th century, charitable contributions were the main source of aid after a disaster. When the Williamsburg, Massachusetts, reservoir dam broke on May 16, 1874, it flooded a valley lined with factories and farms, killing 139 and leaving 740 homeless and in need of relief. It was the deadliest dam failure in the U.S. at the time.


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South Deerfield article from Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Jun 18, 1874
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   1.5"
height   1.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.010

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"The Mill River Disaster" article from the Journal of Industry newspaper

Page from Josiah Allen diary regarding Mill River Disaster Flood

Page from Amasa Jones diary regarding Mill River Disaster Flood

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