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Narragansett Park had operated as a horse racing track since the summer of 1867 when the venture was financed by Amasa Sprague II. In 1886, the mile-long speedway for light harness racing was … more
By KELLY SULLIVAN On Oct. 20, 1916, 13-year-old Dorothy Hughes told her mother she didn't feel well enough to practice the piano that day. Her mother, Florence (Gardner) Connolly, asked her what was wrong. Dorothy hadn't been acting normally for weeks. more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Thirty-one-year-old Annie Senft locked arms with her 38-year-old sister Elizabeth Carpenter as they strolled the grounds of Butler Hospital for the Insane. When all eyes were off them, they quietly advanced to a waiting horse-drawn more
By KELLY SULLIVAN When Thomas Greene of Glocester died in June of 1885, his 53-year-old widow, Mary (Burlingame), inherited his real estate and personal property, which was considerable. Upon her death, it would be dispersed to their children according more
By KELLY SULLIVAN In May of 1897, with looming concerns over town finances in Johnston, discussions were taking place about the money that would be saved by closing down the town's "poor farm." For those who depended on the safety net, a hard fall would more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Theodore "Ted" Nordyke was born in Kansas on July 11, 1904. The son of railroad carpenter Milton Nordyke and Sarah (Baker), he would discover his career path on the basketball team at Wichita High School. In 1929, he married Margery more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Among the residents of Johnston in 1870 were factory workers, grocery merchants, farmers and carpenters. One man, however, had an occupation in which he stood alone. Pertia Aldrich was in his 40s at the time he was plying his trade as a more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Only a few years before the turn of the 20th century, the director of a psychiatric institution in Estonia noticed that certain patients diagnosed with mental illness exhibited common symptoms. He began to categorize these patients as more
By KELLY SULLIVAN Deputy Sheriff Michael Lynch had his work cut out for him. With nothing but a frayed piece of rope in his hand, the 45-year-old Warwick lawman set out to solve a mystery. For far too long, certain villages in the Warwick area had been more
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