East Smithfield Water Supply Official Seal

Seal used by the East Smithfield (R. I.) Water District

Providence & Worcester Railroad Schedules – 1840s/50s

     These schedules pertain to the “Air-line” railroad that once ran through Smithfield, R. I.  To learn more, click here:  Smithfield’s Air-Line Railroad 

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Air-Line Railroad Schedule
December 24, 1847

Woonsocket Patriot
January 19, 1849

Woonsocket Patriot
January 19, 1849

Air-Line Railroad Schedule
August 1, 1851
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Air-Line Railroad Schedule
March 10, 1854

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Woonsocket Patriot
May 22, 1855

Stillwater Mill Fire – 1872

Stillwater Mill Fire – 1872

     This fire occurred on June 23, 1872.  The mill was constructed in 1866-67 by Edward W. Brown, and became known as the “Stillwater Woolen Mill Co.” charted in 1867. 

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Woonsocket Patriot
June 28, 1872

     The mill that replaced this one was also destroyed by fire on May 17, 1984.

     The land sat vacant until 2018-19 when a housing development was built on the site.   

 

Adah Mowry Death Notice – 1837

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Woonsocket Weekly Patriot

May 19, 1837

19th Century Stagecoach Advertisements

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Woonsocket Patriot

October 26, 1833, page 3

Woonsocket Patriot

June 2, 1837

Woonsocket Patriot

July 16, 1847

Woonsocket Patriot

July 16, 1847

Smithfield Union Bank Loan Note – 1812

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Smithfield Union Bank Robbery – 1838

     The Smithfield Union Bank was established in February of 1805, in the village of Slatersville, which prior to 1871 was part of the town of Smithfield. 

     It was the first bank to be established in Smithfield, and, as these articles from the Woonsocket Weekly Patriot indicate, may have been the first bank in Smithfield to be robbed.     

Woonsocket Weekly Patriot
November 2, 1838, pg. 2

Woonsocket Weekly Patriot
November 2, 1838, pg. 2

Woonsocket Weekly Patriot
November 16, 1838, Pg. 3

 

1850’s A. Jacobs & Sons Advertisement

     Image courtesy of Elizabeth Lees.

     This rare item is an advertisement for Angel Jacobs & Sons of New York City, and made to look like a 100 dollar bill.    Although not specific to Smithfield, Rhode Island, the image has been provided by a local woman, and due to its rarity, it is posted here for the benefit of historic researchers.     

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Smithfield, R.I. Exchange Bank $5 Note – July 4, 1859

Donated to the Smith-Appleby House Museum/Historical Society of Smithfield, by Elizabeth Lees, in memory of Edwin and Doris Osler, of Burrillville, R. I.    

     This extremely rare banknote is signed by William Winsor and Elisha Smith of Smithfield, and dated July 4, 1859. 

     The man on the left of the banknote is Zachary Taylor, later President Taylor, our nations 12th President, and the woman is Kate Sevier, wife of Revolutionary War hero John Sevier, who later became Governor of Tennessee.  Why their images were chosen to be on the note is unknown.

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Smithfield Area Apple Ad – April, 1969

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Smithfield Area Apple Advertisement from April, 1969.

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