Barre in the Great Flood of 1927

In November 1927 over a 39-hour period a total of 9 inches of rain fell in the area surrounding Barre Vermont. Barre sits in an area described by the author as a huge catch basin, and the rivers and brooks feeding them could only filter so much rain at one time before overflowing their banks. The tragic outcome wasn’t a loss of property, it was that 63 individuals would lose their life due to the flooding. In Barre alone, 7 people would lose their life: Gerald W. Brock, age 33; Ralph B. Winter, 30; Lieutenant Governor S. Hollister Jackson, 51; and four sons of Frank Thomas: Ralph W. Thomas, 11, Clyde E. Thomas, 9, Dean R. Thomas, 7, and Carroll V. Thomas, 5. This book provides an accurate eye-witness account of the flooding and is filled with pictures of the aftermath. It tells it in a chronological order and the author was the publisher of the local It is free to read or download.


Perry, Dean H., Barre in the great flood of 1927; a history of tragic events and of great loss sustained in Vermont city, November 3-4; Barre VT : Barre Daily Times, 1928.

Brock, Jackson, Thomas, Winter,


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