by John J. Landers
An heroic battle to save the million-dollar Vernon dam across the Connecticut River here was waged last night and today by a band of 150 townsmen, National Guardsmen and Legionnaires, a highlight in New Hampshire flood history. The homes and property of thousands of persons in Massachusetts were at stake in this battle. Thousands of bags of sand were hurled against the dam to balk the rush of water that gnawed at the structure.
Reference: Landers, John J. “Heroic Work Saves Vernon Dam - Over 3500 Bags of Sand Used.” Boston Globe, 19 Mar. 1936, p. 15.