Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA (Valley Falls) (Ashton) (Cumberland Hill)
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Cumberland is the northeasternmost town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, first settled in 1635 and incorporated in 1746.
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Cumberland was originally settled as part of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, which was purchased from the local Native Americans by the Plymouth Colony. It was later transferred to Rhode Island as part of a long-running boundary dispute. The town was named in honor of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland.Wikipedia
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1777 - First Nail
The first cut nail in the world was made in 1777 by Jeremiah Wilkinson, of Cumberland, R.I.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869
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1809 - Earth TremblingMay 16.
In Cumberland, R.I., near Attleborough, an extraordinary trembling of earth has been repeatedly noticed of late; sometimes so hard as to break crockery ware. Several persons have removed. It appears to be local.
The Maryland Gazette
May 24, 1809
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1819 - CumberlandCumberland, a post township, is situated in the northeast corner of the State, about eight miles northeast from Providence; bounded east on Attleborough and Wrentham in Massachusetts, north on Wrentham, Bellingham & Mendon, in Massachusetts, southwesterly on Pawtucket river, which separates it from ...Read MORE... 1842 - COPPER MINE IN RHODE ISLANDA rich Copper Mine has been opened at Cumberland, R. I. - Within the last week fifteen tons of ore have been shipped for Boston, from the mine, commenced this season, and worked by four men only. The ore was sent to Liverpool to be sold at the monthly mart of ore at Swansea. There is not a single...Read MORE... 1853 - AWFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT. FOURTEEN LIVES LOST. THIRTY OR FORTY SERIOUSLY INJURED.Disagreeable necessity obliges us to shock the sensibilities of our readers, by the recital of another horrible calamity from a collision of Railway trains.
At 8 o'clock, yesterday morning, a collision occurred on the Providence and Worcester Railroad, which caused the death of fourteen persons, ...Read MORE...
1859CUMBERLAND, a township of Providence co., in the state of Rhode Island, 8 m. N of Providence. It is to some extent hilly, but is in some parts fertile and well-cultivated. Abbott's Mill, and Peter's rivers, by which it is intersected, afford good water-power. Boat-building and the manufacture of...Read MORE...
1869 - In the towns of Cumberland, Smithfield, Blackstone, and Bellingham, R. I.,
there are seventeen cotton and eight woolen mills, which employ 5,550 hands, run 4,480 looms, and annually use 15,300,000 pounds of cotton. Foundations are now being laid to run 150,000 spindles.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 20, 1869
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1877 - Diamond Hill Quarry CompanyThe Woonsocket Patriot says that the Diamond Hill Quarry Company of Cumberland, have made a contract with the Poughkeepsie Bridge Company to furnish all the stone for the abutments and piers of that bridge. The contract is a large one, and it will probably require two years to complete it. In order ...Read MORE... 1885 - A VILLAGE TERRORIZEDWEST WRENTHAM, Mass., Aug. 1 . - The village of Diamond Hill in Cumberland, just over the line in Rhode Island, is terrorized by a gang of laborers employed on the Pawtucket Water Reservoir building at that place. Citizens do not dare to go out after dark without being armed. Men have been knocked...Read MORE... 1890 - FISHING FOR TURTLES. When the Shell-Backed Monster Bites Run Like a Steer.Terrapin or turtle farms are run in the South and on the Pacific coast, but the business has only been tried in New England as an experiment. As experiments, many of these have been failures, so far as a money making basis is concerned, and many are now kept up for the pleasure of the owner, or by...Read MORE... 1899 - SERVANT GIRL VANISHES. Apparently Wore Nothing but a Nightrobe and a Picture Hat.(Special to the World.)
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 5. - Cumberland Hill has a mystery which the town officers and others are trying to unravel. Walter Grant, who has a fine home at Diamond Hill, went to Boston Thursday, and at an intelligence office hired a domestic, who gave her name as Mary...Read MORE...
1900 - TRAPPISTS ARE TO MOVE. Monastery in Nova Scotia to Be Removed to Cumberland in Rhode Island.St. John, N. B., April 28. - The trappist monastery at Tracadie, N. S., is soon to be removed to a far near Cumberland, R. I., and the farm at Tracadie abandoned. It was established in 1814. It was founded by members after the house in France was broken up by the Emperor, Napoleon. There are...Read MORE...
Cumberland, a township (town) of Providence co., R.I., the northeasternmost town in the state. It manufactures cotton, horseshoes, etc., and contains coal and many interesting minerals. Pop. in 1900, 8925.
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1924 - GAS EXPLOSION KILLS FIFTEENMan Strikes Match in Gas-Filled Room of Tenement House; Family Dies
(By Tribune's Special Leased Wire)
CUMBERLAND, R.I., Jan. 28 - Fifteen persons met death in a terrific gas explosion that early to-day demolished a tenement house owned by the Manville Mills. An entire family - mother, father...Read MORE...
1928 - Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland was erected in memory of the colonists killed in Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676.
The monument was erected in 1928, by monks living in a nearby monastery.
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1934 - Communist Plot Rumored To Dynamite Water SupplyCUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 14. - (UP) - Unconfirmed rumors of a communist plot to dynamite Pawtucket's water supply spread today and police guards were assigned to the reservoir at Diamond Hill in this town.
Neither state nor local police would admit having received tips indicating such a plot,...Read MORE...
1949 - Testimony of Water Shortage in New England
...The old stone walls of farmlands flooded 62 years ago are visible in the top picture [illegible] of the Diamond Hill reservoir, Cumberland R.I., which also serves to show a typical example of the acute water shortage throughout the New England area...
November 15, 1949
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1950 - Monastery in Rhode Island Is DestroyedCumberland Hill, R. I. (UP) - Fire early today destroyed the hilltop Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of the Valley, built by the patient hands of Trappist monks.
The blaze apparently broke out in the infirmary of the massive granite structure, driving 110 monks and 20 guests from the four...Read MORE...
1955 - Industrial Blaze Ends 2,000 Jobs in Rhode IslandCUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 13 - (INS) - Two thousand persons were left jobless today by a $5 million fire which destroyed five buildings of the Manville Mills on the banks of the Blackstone River.
Firefighter James Bannon of Pawtucket was hospitalized for a fractured leg suffered when he fell while ...Read MORE...
1967 - It Was Good Ski Season For New England Resorts...Rhode Island ski resorts survived abnormal warm weather in January to record a good season, with one exception. The January snow lack was balanced by good falls in other months plus many cold nights for the making of machine snow.
Three of the four resort owners in Rhode Island listed 30...Read MORE...
1976 - Blast Destroys Aerosol PlantCUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - "When I got to the window, there was no wall left. It just blew me right through," said Norman Brule.
Brule was one of at least 27 persons working in the Peterson-Puritan Aerosol spray plant when an explosion ripped through the building Saturday, tossing chunks of cement...Read MORE...
1976 - Century-old twinsCUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - Emmanuel and Samuel Lussier's relatives are planning a centennial celebration of their own next year when the twin brothers reach a landmark birthday.
Emmanuel and Samuel were born Aug. 11, 1877. They are believed to be the oldest male twins in New England.The Portsmouth Herald
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
November 11, 1976
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Ancestors Who Were Born Here
(1781, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 25 May 1861, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
Jon Smith Baker
(1804, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 2 June 1871, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
(1790, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 2 September 1880, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
(1821, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 14 February 1886, Bellingham, Massachusetts, USA)
(April 1782, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 22 December 1858, Wrentham, Massachusetts, USA)
(2 May 1765, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 19 October 1856, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA )
Julia A. Darling
(1855, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 20 September 1886, Bellingham, Massachusetts, USA)
(1804, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 12 February 1864, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
Addison A. Lovett
(1813, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 17 September 1860, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
(1792, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - 19 April 1854, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA )
(abt. 1765, Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - , )
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