Burns. They were taken by Amy's uncle, Doug Taylor.
Flood at Spindleville - 1955
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 the river.
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 photos below were taken by Doug Taylor
and scanned and sent by Paul Doucette.
by the Upton Historical Society in March 2017. They had been
taken by the Draper Corporation photography department,
and given to the UHS by Robert Anderson of Upton.
Above and below - The Hatt house and store that had been
washed downstream. See article near bottom of this page.