TROY QUIZ RESPONSE

From the Issue: 
February 2010
The pond I visited with Raymond Frazier ---

There was a pond and there was a dam and it was located off Richmond Road.  George Dubina reported he visited the pond on one or two occasions and you had to be brave to handle the road to pond.  George Maattala reported the pond was used  to hold back water for the power house at Troy Mills.  It was called the West Hill Reservoir.  Prior to the closing of Troy Mills the dam was breached by a local contractor at the request of the State.  Maattala reported the pond road is located next to his property. The pond now is a meadow with a small brook running through it.  The meadow and water rights is now part of the property owned by CJ and Sybil Hall.  Tom Kivela also reported that the pond drained into Anderson Pond near Brook Street after running through Nestors pond/dam which also provided water for the steam engines, at the depot, of the B & M Railroad.  I decline to say who went  skinny dipping in Nesters pond.  Thanks George Dubina, George Maattala  and Tom Kivela.

Editor’s note:  What fun to find folks responding to Art’s questions!   He passed along the emails he received, and here are some more excerpts:

From Evan Englehardt:
“A number of years back while over my friends house up on West Hill his father took us for a hike into the woods. We followed the power lines for a while, then we detoured off into the woods. Before long we came across a rather large pond. I distinctly remember that there was a dam in the pond. I thought off how strange it was that this pond in the middle of the woods had a dam. “

From Barry Ripley: “I have also been staying in touch with Troy happenings by subscribing to the TTN although I am living in Rhode island. Enjoy seeing your reminiscences and quizzes.  The dam you mention fed a brook that led to the old brickyard pond (did we call it Driscoll's?). It is reached from the left fork and actually has a road that also may lead to a home. TMI owned the water rights and dam for many years.  The topo map from 1898 does not show it but the 1936 version does.  Around 2000 we had the dam breached rather than incur the cost of rebuilding it when the state of NH judged the dam to be a flood hazard due to the deteriorating condition of the stone and earth dam. I really was reluctant to do that as it was a beautiful little mountain pond on a nice summer day. “