The White River Valley Railroad was originally called the White River Valley Electric Railroad, but the name was changed when construction began in 1899. The first train arrived in Rochester in December 1900. Because the railroad followed the course of the White River closely, it was frequently damaged by floods. Like most railroads in Vermont, it was heavily damaged by the great Flood of November, 1927. Though the railroad was fully rebuilt the following year, the Great Depression reduced traffic to fatal levels, and the railroad was abandoned in 1933.
Seven good content TLsS by Boston Attorney N.L. Sheldon to Dr. F.E. Steele, dated between October and December 1902. These definitely deserve more research. In the first letter, Sheldon writes: "I am making some progress against the White River Valley Railroad Company. I find that there are two or three decisions of the Supreme Court of Vermont that will assist us. The question that bothers me is as to whom shall I bring the actions against as the records do not show anything definite. I assume that the road will within a few days be transferred to a new company if House Bill No. 41 becomes a law " In another, Sheldon writes: "I do not wish to be quoted but I am of the opinion that House Bill No. 41 does not effect land damage claims against the White River Valley Railroad Company " On Nov. 5, 1902, Sheldon writes: "The situation, in a word, is that they have a week in which to adjust matters or the committee will recommend an amendment to Bill No. 41, making the land damage a preference. I am informed that the chances are that Mr. Williams will not come forward with $6200 or any part of it, and that this movement of ours may bring about another sale of the road, etc" Normal folds. Three of the letters appear to have been secretarially signed. Letters are in excellent condition.
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