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Recollections of the 1848 Flood

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Title
Recollections of the 1848 Flood
Accession Number
2019.019.0001
Type
Event
Gift of
Rutland Library
Collection Title
Misc. Materials
Collection Description
Misc. materials found at the Rutland Library
Source
Croft collection @ Rutland Library
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The letter below written in 1926 by Simon Lewis Peck (1844 - 1935) of Ira to Leonard Croft (1851 - 1939) of Clarendon recollects the July 27, 1848 flood that ripped through the Ira Brook portion of Clarendon and Ira destroying 3 bridges and claiming the life of 8 year old Elizabeth Brown.  Note that the letter says 1847 but an Aug. 2, 1848 newspaper article at the bottom gives us 1848 as the year.  Also note that the letter said she was 7 but the newspaper article said she was 8.

Schoolhouse #7 that young Elizabeth was attempting to make it home from is currently a private residence directly across the road from where Weaver Hill Rd in Ira intersects with Rt 133.  That part of Ira was still part of Clarendon until it was annexed by Ira in 1854.  Ira Brook empties into the Clarendon River where they intersect at Walker Mountain Rd a little south of where Walker Mountain Rd intersects with Rt 133. 

No birth, death, or burial record for Elizabeth Brown has been found, but from the newspaper article we know her father was James.  Simon Peck's mother was Harriet Brown (1817 - 1900), daughter of John Brown (ca. 1790 - ).  Given Simon's reference to Elizabeth being his cousin, presumably James was Harriet's brother. 

The cover photo is of Simon Lewis Peck in 1890 when he was a VT State Senator for Rutland County.  Senator Peck wrote the History of Ira Vermont published in 1926, a copy of which can be found in our collection of reference materials.  The letter below can be found in the Leonard Croft collection at the Rutland Library.
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