Remembering Smithfield: Sketches of Apple Valley

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The legend of John Noforce-whose puzzling death may have been the result of a Native American Romeo and Juliet saga-1676's bloody Nipsachuck massacre and the scandalous downfall of the poor farm and asylum are a few of the tales that linger among historic Smithfield's fields and forests. Once home to "Apple King" Thomas K. Winsor and Arthur C. Gould, frustrated inventor of Rhode Island's first and only aircraft rest stop, this storied town has known both triumph and tragedy. Local author Jim Ignasher's expertly ...

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Overview

The legend of John Noforce-whose puzzling death may have been the result of a Native American Romeo and Juliet saga-1676's bloody Nipsachuck massacre and the scandalous downfall of the poor farm and asylum are a few of the tales that linger among historic Smithfield's fields and forests. Once home to "Apple King" Thomas K. Winsor and Arthur C. Gould, frustrated inventor of Rhode Island's first and only aircraft rest stop, this storied town has known both triumph and tragedy. Local author Jim Ignasher's expertly woven collection of vignettes speaks to the ever-enduring spirit of Smithfield's people. From illegal ice cream peddlers to a mysterious traveler killed by his own pet rattlesnake, the roots of this vibrant community extend far beyond its celebrated apple orchards.

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With a history stretching back deep into the 17th century, Smithfield, Rhode Island, could provide ample material for a dozen enthralling historical novels. In Remembering Smithfield, Jim Ignasher gathers together the most memorable stories of the bounty; from a bloody 1676 Native American massacre to the advent of Quaker abolitionism to the rise of Thomas K. Winsor, a.k.a. the Apple King. Local history at its most riveting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296794
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/26/2009
  • Series: American Chronicles Ser.
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 1,400,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Before Smithfield Was Smithfield

Prehistoric Smithfield 10

The First Inhabitants of Smithfield 14

The Battle of Nipsachuck 14

The Legend of John Noforce 16

Chapter 2 Early Colonial Settlements

The Vanished Village of Fountain Spring 18

Hanton City, Smithfield's Lost City 20

Chapter 3 The Incorporation and Division of Smithfield

Naming Smithfield 34

The Early Days of Incorporation 35

A New Town Emerges 36

The Division of the Town 38

Smithfield Town Seals 41

Chapter 4 Village Settlement

Greenville 44

Stillwater 47

Esmond 49

Spragueville and Mountaindale 52

Georgiaville 53

Chapter 5 The Town Poor Farm and Asylum

Establishing the Poor Farm 56

A Scandal Is Brought to Light 58

The Investigation 60

The Investigation Committee's Findings 61

The Aftermath 65

Chapter 6 When Smithfield Had Railroads

The Beginning 67

Branch Lines 69

Railroad Routes 71

Smithfield Depots 74

The End of the Line 75

Railroad Accidents 75

Trolley Lines-Smithfield's Other Railroads 77

Chapter 7 When Smithfield Was "Apple Valley"

T.K. Winsor, the Apple King 78

Other Early Apple Growers 79

Apple Orchards Still Active in Smithfield 81

Chapter 8 Firefighting in Smithfield

Smithfield's First Fire Engine 86

The Origin of the Georgiaville Fire Company 89

The Wionkhiege Valley Volunteer Fire Company 90

The Stillwater Mill Fire 92

In Memoriam 98

Chapter 9 Law Enforcement in Smithfield

The Days of Town Sergeants and Constables 99

The First Attempts at Formal Organization 104

A Permanent Force Is Established 106

A New Police Station 108

The Modern Era 109

Chapter 10 Smithfield's Aviation History

Arthur C.Gould 111

Smithfield Airports 112

Aviation Accidents 115

Epilogue Smithfield's Time Capsule 117

Bibliography 119

About the Author 127

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