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DeFrehn Chair Factory, 1889 ( more details)


After the flood Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information

   



The Chair Factory after the 1889 flood

The DeFrehn Chair Factory made multiple wooden chair styles and was located on the berm side of the canal above the Conococheague Aqueduct in Williamsport. The factory paid the canal for water rents in order to power the machines used to create the chairs. In 1889, a flood destroyed the factory along with a good portion of the canal. The cost to rebuild and recover from the flood was too expensive and the owners decided to move the operation to Johnstown, PA then Hornerstown, PA.




ID:
wcco063

Rights:
Public domain

Notes:
Mile 99.72
From the collection of John Frye

From The Flood at Home, Hagerstown Mail, June 6, 1889.
The most serious feature of the great disaster is the wrecking of the canal, which not only destroys a large amount of property belonging to our people, but throws numbers of them out of employment and deprives them of their means of livelihood.


Date:
1889-06-06

Collection Location:
Hagerstown

Subject:
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Coverage:
Maryland, 1824-1938

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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