As the up passenger train reached Barker’s Pond, Monday p. m., it was discovered that the water of the swift brook connected with the pond had made a small hole through the stone bridge which spans it, and hence would surely effect destruction of the bridge. Thereupon a force of some twenty-five men were rallied from Sandy Creek and this village, and dispatched, with the working train and a big load of rocks, to the scene of danger. After several hours’ work the bridge was put in safe condition. In other words, the accidental discovery of the percolation and the prompt action saved the bridge. It was built nine years ago, and ever since then had been firm and strong.

Extracted from the Bridgton News, page 2, April 17, 1896.