Sunday Sept 21st Have been to meeting Mr Ames & self came
home at noon and Horace Pool came with us
and they rode up to the great pond where they are
building a new floom. Brought Abby Torrey from
meeting & carried her back She & Malvina are spending
a week at Alsons Miss Latham & her brother Edward
came to our meeting this morning and to the other
part of the house after I called into see them
The new flume going in at Great Pond was attracting local attention. After church, Oakes Ames and Horace Pool rode up to see it. Oakes had been in Boston when his father, Old Oliver, had begun the work, and no doubt he was curious to see the progress. No one would have been working on it today, as it was Sunday.
The flume was intended to harness water power for the shovel factory. It was basically an inclined ditch lined with stones and boulders to shunt the water along. Some flumes – such as those used in lumbering – are lined with wood, but that wasn’t likely to be the case here, given the scarcity of wood, the availability of stones, and the expectation of longevity. Old Oliver’s oxen must have been used to haul the many stones, and man-power used to put each one in place. The channel itself would have been dug with Ames shovels, naturally.
Evelina, perhaps moving about slowly on sore feet, went to church and caught up with various friends and family members, including nieces Abby and Malvina Torrey. She popped into the other part of the house – the section lived in by Old Oliver and his daughter Sarah Witherell – to greet some visitors there. She was settling back into her routine after the Boston holiday.
* Photograph of an old flume, blogoteca.com/afonsoxavier, courtesy of Hadrian