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The Fittonville Mill and its outcome . By Reilly Knipes . Brief History of the Mill . A man named James Fitton started at woolen mill in 1867. April 27, 1875 Mill is destroyed in fire. October 24,1875 New York Times reports failure of Spring Mills.

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Brief history of the mill
Brief History of the Mill

  • A man named James Fitton started at woolen mill in 1867.

  • April 27, 1875 Mill is destroyed in fire.

  • October 24,1875 New York Times reports failure of Spring Mills.

  • February 28,1877 Store House destroyed by fire.

  • June 24,1878 boarding house destroyed by fire

  • (from Vermont Archeological )


Outcome
Outcome

  • All these things belonged to James and when he got mad with the mill and money he would burn it down.

  • The way he burned it down was he got up to the attic and he lighted a candle. (which had to burn to a point were it could catch fire to something.) got on train and was half to boston when it finally burned down so when the police asked him what happen he said he was in boston and he could not have done it.


Other woolen mills 1832 to 1842
Other Woolen Mills (1832 to 1842)

  • The two woolen mills built in the town in 1832 and 1835 provided a wool market for the locally raised Merino sheep. By 1842, when Vermont ranked second among the states in wool production, Cavendish produced 14,279 pounds of wool from the fleece of its 7,124 sheep. In that year, the Black River Canal and Manufacturing Company in Duttonsville employed 75 workers making broadcloth and at the Proctorsville Woolen Manufacturing Company, started by Jabez Proctor, 35 workers made cashmere.. By 1850, a tariff reduction on imported raw wool, coupled with the lower cost of sheep herding on the Western plains, severely depressed the price of wool, forcing Vermont farmers to find another use for their land, raising dairy cows instead of sheep. The two woolen mills continued to operate, and with other local industry brought prosperity to Cavendish.( source History of Cavendish)



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