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HOPKINTON – On the night of August 18, 1952, the men from Company E, 45th Infantry Division of the 279th Infantry Regiment finished their field training exercises. The forty-one men had come from various parts of the United States and were there in North Korea serving as soldiers in the Kore…

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CHARLESTOWN – Ernest Peter Palmer spent the early hours of May 25, 1914 in Westerly. Upon his return, he arrived at Wood River Junction just in time to catch the 3:30 train to his father’s home in Woodville. However bad timing and a peculiar act would prevent the 54-year-old from returning h…

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CHARLESTOWN – Thomas Terranova and Wayland Currie worked together at a dye mill; Thomas as a bleacher and Wayland as the factory’s foreman. Both aged twenty-one, they lived with their parents in Westerly; Thomas on Church Street and Wayland on Vars Lane. On     October 11, 1930, they met up …

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HOPKINTON – When Gardner Nichols settled in Carpenter’s Mills in 1824, he obtained the two-story mill and water rights on the Hopkinton side of the dam. Along with Russell Thayer he constructed, in 1826, the very first textile looms ever made in town. While Russell concentrated on carding wo…

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RICHMOND – Henry Brown’s new maid, Julia, came highly recommended. Previously she had been working for a Mr. Blake in East Providence who gave an excellent reference when Henry was in the market for someone to move in and take over housekeeping duties. Henry was living at the old Cary D. Bro…

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HOPKINTON – In the fall of 2013 my oldest brother told me about an elderly man he regularly visited up in Arcadia village. “He’s got some stories,” my brother said. “You should go talk to him.” He told me his name was Sonny Zampini and I remembered hearing my grandfather mention him over the…

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“O thou weed, who art so lovely fair…,” wrote William Shakespeare. Unfortunately most people are not thinking along those lines when they awake one morning in spring to find their lawns dotted with the bright yellow flowers known as dandelions. Regarded as invasive weeds and pesky plants, da…

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HOPKINTON – In May of 1892, the Town Council voted that streetlights would be erected in the town of Hopkinton. This proved to be a considerable expense which would cover the cost of posts, burners, lamp glass, gas, storage of materials and the salary of the lamplighter. On the plus side, re…

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HOPKINTON – More than a hundred years ago, Depot Square in Hope Valley was the heartbeat of the community. Residents in top hats and bustled skirts gathered there, alongside the railroad tracks and grain mill, to hear local brass bands and attend outdoor lectures.

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HOPKINTON – It’s torn and tattered but luckily survived the odds of ending up in a dumpster for the past century. It is signed in pen by undertaker Samuel Richmond Avery, and contains notations upon it in pencil by Mabel Gorton. It is a receipt, one hundred years old, that bears a message wh…