Sgt. Robert Martin Memorial

     Sergeant Robert Martin of Smithfield was a tail-gunner on a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber aircraft in World War II.   He was killed on July 28, 1943, while flying his first mission.  To learn more about his story, click on the following article:  Chance Relics Reveal A Forgotten Tale

     Peter den Tek, of Holland, found the crash site of Sgt. Martin’s B-17 and erected a signboard. (See below.)  Mr. den Tek was also responsible for the creation of a memorial to Sgt. Martin’s crew, as well as the crews of five other allied aircraft.  For more information, see the following article: Freedom Isn’t Free

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Signboard at the site where Sgt. Martin’s B-17 crashed in Holland on July 28, 1943. Photo by Peter den Tek

Sgt. Robert Martin

Memorial created for Sgt. Martin’s Crew.
Photo by Peter den Tek

The memorial nearing completion.
Photo by Peter den Tek

The base of the memorial with the names of allied crews. Photo by Peter den Tek.

The crew names of Sgt. Martin’s B-17.
Photo by Peter den Tek

Woonasquatucket Railroad Newspaper Articles – 1870s

Articles from the Woonsocket Patriot newspaper.

     The Woonasquatucket Railroad was chartered in 1857, but due to financial setbacks and the American Civil War, work wasn’t begun until 1871.  In 1872 the name was changed to the Providence & Springfield Railroad.  It later became the New York & New England Railroad in 1890, and in 1895, the New England Railroad.  The name was changed again in 1898 to the New York & New Haven Railroad.

     Passenger service to the Smithfield portion of tracks was discontinued in 1931, and the tracks were torn up in 1962.

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Woonsocket Patriot

February 18, 1870

Woonsocket Patriot

November 24, 1871

Woonsocket Patriot

March 15, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

April 5, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

April 12, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

April 19, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

June 28, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

August 16, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

July 19, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

September 6, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

October 4, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

November 15, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

November 28, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot

December 6, 1872

Woonsocket Patriot January 24, 1873

Woonsocket Patriot

February 21, 1873

Woonsocket Patriot

March 7, 1873

Woonsocket Patriot

May 2, 1873

Woonsocket Patriot

May 23, 1873

Woonsocket Patriot

August 15, 1873

Woonsocket Patriot

August 22, 1873

Woonsocket Patriot

May 22, 1874

Woonsocket Patriot
December 25, 1874

Woonsocket Patriot
January 29, 1875

Woonsocket Patriot January 29, 1875

Woonsocket Patriot
April 30, 1875

Woonsocket Patriot
February 4, 1876

Woonsocket Patriot
February 4, 1876

Woonsocket Patriot
October 27, 1876

Woonsocket Patriot
December 27, 1878

     Other known railroad accidents that have occurred on the Smithfield portion include the following:

     On August 14, 1888, a 55-year-old man was struck and killed by a moving train.  The exact location is not recorded.

     On May 16, 1924, a 37-year-old man was killed when he fell under a moving train in Stillwater.

    On April 14, 1925, an automobile containing a man and three women was struck by a train at the Brayton Avenue crossing.  All four were killed.

     On November 30, 1928, a husband and wife were injured when their automobile collided with a train at the Brayton Avenue crossing.

     On September 18, 1945, an automobile was struck by a train at the “Bull Run” crossing at Farnum Pike and Leland Mowry Rd.  One person was killed and six others were injured.

     On September 28, 1955, one man was killed when his car collided with a train that was crossing Douglas Pike near the North Smithfield town line.      

 

Lightning Strikes – 1870s

 

Woonsocket Patriot
May 3, 1878

Woonsocket Patriot
May 31, 1878

Railroad Accident – 1878

 

Woonsocket Patriot
December 27, 1878

Highway Robbery – 1901

This incident occurred on “Barnes Hill”, on Putnam Pike, in Greenville, in the vicinity of where the Greenville Public Library stands today.   The Smithfield Town council later offered a reward for the capture of those responsible.

Woonsocket Evening Reporter
November 9, 1901

Railroad Accident – 1835

 

Woonsocket Patriot
June 27, 1835

Jencks Smith Obituary – 1910

 

Woonsocket Evening Call
October 20, 1910

Articles Relating To The Division Of Smithfield, R. I. – 1871

Articles Relating To The Division Of Smithfield, R. I. – 1871

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Woonsocket Patriot
February 14, 1868
Part 1

Woonsocket Patriot
February 14, 1868
Part 2

Woonsocket Patriot
December 24, 1870

Woonsocket Patriot
January 27, 1871
Part 1

Woonsocket Patriot
January 27, 1871
Part 2

Woonsocket Patriot
March 31, 1871

Railroad Accident – July 21, 1855

     At the time of this accident, Lonsdale was still part of Smithfield.

Woonsocket Patriot
July 28, 1855

Railroad Accident – July 27, 1855

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Article appeared in the Woonsocket Patriot, July 28, 1855, page 4.

Woonsocket Patriot
July 28, 1855, pg. 4

Woonsocket Patriot
July 28, 1855

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