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By KELLY SULLIVAN Before the days of large community cemeteries and vehicles that could travel 60 miles in an hour's time, people who relocated often had to sacrifice ever visiting the graves of their loved ones again. The deceased were buried in more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Helen Maria Hogle lived with Chester Jennison and his family, employed there as a live-in nurse. During the winter of 1908, while on her way home from a shopping trip to Providence, she would be scared to death on the streets of more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Elizabeth "Bessie" McKenna tied the knot with William Blake in October of 1902. Thirty years later, she learned the contract was seemingly unbreakable. Bessie was just 23 years old when she exchanged marriage vows with 25-year-old more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Leonard Frederick Whitford only had the benefit of a fifth-grade education before signing on as a volunteer with the Rhode Island Militia in the summer of 1918, then becoming a United States Navy fireman as part of the Merchant Marines. more
By KELLY SULLIVAN When the sewing machine manufacturing plant for the Wheeler & Wilson Machine Company opened in Connecticut, the Singer company suddenly had stiff competition. Wheeler & Wilson machines were said to be of great quality, and Jeremiah more
(Courtesy of Riley Baez-Bradway) Back in the 1800s, the people of Rhode Island had an interesting selection of doctors they could visit to have their medical needs attended to. At least one of those early-day non-traditional physicians lies at rest in Cranston's more
By KELLY SULLIVAN The midway at Riverside's Crescent Park echoed with laughter. The song of the carousel spinning beneath the moonlight and the scent of crispy clam-cakes being carried on the salt air contributed to a perfect teenage summer. It was June more
George Rhodes Battey was born in 1835 to Russell Battey and Sarah (Thornton). His father died whenGeorge was 22 and he spent the rest of his life residing with his mother until her own death in … more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Places of worship have dotted Rhode Island for centuries - Presbyterian, Catholic, Universalist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Congregational, Jewish, and all manner of Baptist and Methodist. Over the centuries, most residents have fallen more
By KELLY SULLIVAN What changes a century brings! Back at the closing of 1920, the town of Cranston had a population of less than 30,000. The majority of businessmen in town were employed as store owners, milk dealers, barbers, construction workers, more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Most families know what its like to experience a tragedy. Few, however, must exist through a long chain of them. Michele DeBiase came from Lazio, Italy, and settled in the Knightsville section of Cranston during the early 20th century. more
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