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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 28, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Legend Of Taylor's Falls Bridge; Hudson Always Paid Less By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER An old cardboard file contain- ing long-sought Information on the construction of the Taylor's Falls Bridge has been "redii- covered" In City Hall. And had the nature of its con- tents been known great- er tremors of concern would have swept state and local gov- ernments at the first sign of settling In the bridge's trouble- some Pier 1. Hudson Favored Documents In file, aug- mented by research in old Su- perior Court records, minutes of the Board of Public Works of 1909 .to 1912 and histories of the area, also show that precedence favors Hudson Ui Its perpetual quest to share bridge costs with Nashua on a proportional rather than equal basis. The file, which contains cor- respondence pertaining to con- struction of the bridge, w a i found, by James P. Hogan, who took over as city engineer in late November. He came across tht flit whllt looking over the contents of a wooden box found under a low table as he rearranged fur- niture in his office. Hogan's immediate predeces- sor, Joel B. Hill, said he put the box there with the intention of someday sorting its contents. "I knew the paperi were old and that's why I didn't want to anything away without looking at Hill said. "But I never got around to it." He said ht had looked through many files of old document] city engineer and the box con- taining the Taylor's Falls Bridge file was one of tlie final ones he planned to examine. It was originally found irt a .closet in the City Hall basement, Hill said, presumably misplaced when city government trans- ferred operations from its old quarters on lower Main Street to the present municipal building 90 years ago. Aside from correspondence exchanged on tht construction of the Taylor's Falls Bridge, tlm box yielded correspondence files on (lie erection of the Main Street bridge and routiuc De- partment of Public Works af- fairs. Defects Noted Included in the TF bridge file are copies of engineering- re- ports concerning construction defects in Pierj 1 and 2 and recommendations for their re- pair. A quiet but unfruitful search for thest reports had been con- ducted by tht stale Department of Public Works and Highways late last summer when it was faced with recommending pier repairs. State officials were puzzled over the fact their extensive files did not contain any plans for the TF bridge. And they had not known of the construction defects of Pier 1 until they read of them in a brief Telegraph article drawn from a Hudson town history. All that Hill could furnish the itatc from' his flies, wttt view plans for the bridge vMefc state DPW and Hudson official! said did not shed much light on the problems of Pier 1. But an examination of tht forgotten TF file shows that ill construction was strictly a nut- ter of local, enterprise which had to surmount familiar ob- stacles related to joint building endeavori between .Hudson and Nashua. LEGEND I Today's Chuckle You can't beat old Christopher Columbus' mileage. Look at all the miles he got out of three galleons. 1969 Tthgroph'i iOOth Year As A Daily Newspaper C M Weather Cloudy, Cold Tonight Snow, Sleet Wednesday FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 100 NO. 279 Established as a Weekly October Incorporated as a Daily March 1, NASHUA, NEW HAMPSffifffi, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1969 Second Class Postage Paid At Nashua, N. H. 16 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Ky and Lodge of Peace South Vietnamese President Ngu- Ky said his government is prepared to yen Cao Ky stands beside U.S. Ambas- meet privately with-the other side to sador Henrv Cabot Lodee outside Kv's riisrnss