50 years Ago – September, 1967

50 Years Ago – September, 1967


     September is the beginning of apple harvest time. Some orchards that are no longer in existence include Matteo’s Farm, and Homestead Orchards on Swan Road, Larry Sasso’s Orchard on Mann School Road, Brown’s Orchard on Pleasant View Avenue, and Harold Stewart Apples on Smith Avenue.  

     In entertainment news, on September 3, the television game show, “What’s My Line” aired its last show. It had been on television since 1950.

     On September 7 “The Flying Nun” starring Sally Field premiered.

     On September 11 “The Carol Burnett Show” made its debut and ran until 1978.

     On September 10 the Smithfield Raiders pre-teen football team played the North Providence Rockets at Burgess Field. The event was preceded with a parade that started at the First National Store in Greenville center and ended at the ball field. The Raiders won, 28 – 12.

     The Reverend George E. Daniels became the newly appointed Pastor of the Greenville Baptist Church.

     Frederick C. Mueller and Dennis J. Rylands, both of Esmond, were studying to be priests.

     The Balfore-Cole American Legion Post #64 on Pleasant View Avenue inducted Albert H. Thornton and Luigi A. Ceroni as lifetime members, which is the highest award the post can bestow on a member. Both men were former post commanders.

     This was only the second time in the post’s 30-year history that such an honor had been given. Ten years earlier, the late Raymond C. LaPerche had received the honor.

     Ralph E. Iannitelli of Greenville completed a four week U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Course at Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

     PFC James J. Motta completed basic training and was home of leave before being deployed to Vietnam.

     SP/5 Raymond L. Mandeville of Georgiaville was also home on leave after serving 12 months in Vietnam.

     Lieutenant Bruce Warren of Greenville completed Army Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  

     T/Sgt. Kenneth E. Bessette of Esmond was serving with the Military Airlift Command in Yokota, Japan.

     Fireman Apprentice Gary C. Comfort of Greenville was serving aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker U.S.S. Eastwind.

     U.S. Air Force S/Sgt. Joseph A. L. Blais of Esmond received the Air Medal while serving in Vietnam.

     Air Force Airman Arthur P. Polcicelli, Jr., of Greenville recently completed basic training, and had been selected for advanced technical training at Chanute Air Force base in Illinois.

     U.S. Marine Sergeant Joseph T. Coleman of Stillwater completed his tour of duty in Vietnam.

     On September 17, eight tourist were killed, and seventy-eight others were injured in an accident involving the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

     On September 19 the Smithfield Jaycees opened their annual membership drive by hosting a dinner at Club 44 on Putnam Pike. Men aged 21-36 were invited to attend. The Smithfield chapter of Jaycees had received it charter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1962.      

     Newly formed Georgiaville Boy Scout Troop 1 held its first meeting at the Smithfield Junior High School on September 21st.  

     Newly established Cub Scout Pack 43 of Greenville held a meeting at the Greenville Baptist Church.  

     Newly organized Cub Scout Pack 44 of Georgiaville/Esmond held its first meeting at the Portuguese American Club.

     On September 29, Gladys Knight and the Pips released their hit song, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”.


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