Diary of Mrs. Joseph Freelove (Granite Mill Fire)

Freelove

Page from the diary of milliner Mrs. Joseph Freelove née Roann R. Sanford (1830-1901), detailing her observations of the horrific Granite Mill fire that occurred in Fall River, Massachusetts on September 19, 1874: “I did not go to the most heart rending part of the scene, could see and hear enough at home. Heard the cries & screams saw them carried by, dead and dying.”

The diaries cover the years 1858 – 1895 and offer a fascinating glimpse into the day-to-day activities of a busy, middle-class working woman during Fall River’s most prosperous period.

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