Smithfield Bridewells – 1913

Smithfield Bridewells, aka Jails – 1913

     The following images were taken from Smithfield Town Council records dated April 3, 1913 concerning the location and maintenance of Smithfield’s “bridewells”, also known as jails, and the duties of Smithfield police officers.  

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Smithfield Police Ordinance – 1937

     An town ordinance relating to the Smithfield Police Department was passed on May 28, 1937 establishing the structure, pay, appointments, and duties of police officers.  It is copied here from Council Record Book #9, pages 18 – 23.   

To view PDF file of 1937 ordinance, click on link below.

Staples Scan 11-19-2019_10-09-33-016

     Below is a copy of the Smithfield Police Ordinance adopted April 3, 1913.  It was repealed with the passage of the 1937 ordinance.

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1784 Deed – Jacob Arnold to William Arnold

1784 Deed between Jacob Arnold and William Arnold

     Donated to the Historical Society of Smithfield by Mr. Robert G. Huckins of Bonsall, California, September, 2019.  The document measures 12 inches by 15.5 inches.   It was therefore scanned in two parts. 

     On the reverse side reads, “The written deed was received for record on 22nd of June 1784 and is recorded in Smithfield registry of deeds book 7, page 451” 

     Names on the document include: George Comstock, Susanna Comstock, Susanna Arnold, and signed at the bottom by Peleg Arnold – Justice of the Peace 

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East Smithfield Water District Rules & Regulations – 1937

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Wionkhiege Valley Vol. Fire Co. Membership Card

To learn more about the Wionkhiege Fire Co. click here: Wionkhiege Valley Vol. FD

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Membership ID Card

Ticket for fundraiser.

Smithfield Bicentennial Committee – 1976

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A Letter From Jonathan Mowry – 1788

A Letter From Jonathan Mowry – 1788

     Donated by Linda Brook-Baxter in June of 2011

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Smithfield Police – A Concise History

Smithfield Police – A Concise History

Written By James H. McVey, Deputy Chief, (Ret.) 

     Originally published in the Smithfield Police FOP 1991 Yearbook.

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     To learn more, click here: Protecting Smithfield In A Simpler Time

East Smithfield Water District $1,000 Bond

East Smithfield Water District Water $1,000 Bond 

     The East Smithfield Water District was established in 1934, and in its final years was located at 307 Waterman Avenue in the Esmond portion of town.  It merged with the Providence Water Supply Board in January of 2017.

     To learn more about the history of the E. S. W. D., click here: The Battle To Bring Water To Smithfield

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

East Smithfield Water District Official Seal

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

To learn more about the East Smithfield Water District click here: The Battle To Bring Water To Smithfield and here: East Smithfield Water Supply $1,000 Bond

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