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Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Providence is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, and one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, it is the estimated third-largest city in the New England region. Despite having an estimated population of 175,255 as of 2006, it anchors the 36th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,612,989, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% due to its reaching into southern Massachusetts. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, on Narragansett Bay, the city's small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and a rapidly changing demographic using them.

Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for his finding such a haven to settle. After being one of the first cities in the country to industrialize, Providence became noted for its jewelry and silverware industry. Today, Providence city proper alone is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning, which has shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains significant manufacturing work. The city was once nicknamed the "Beehive of Industry", while today "The Renaissance City" is more common, though as of 2000 census, its poverty rate was still among the ten highest for cities over 100,000.wikipedia


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Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Arcade, Providence
THE HISTORY & TOPOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, published by J & F Tallis in London about 1850.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Arcade, Providence
THE HISTORY & TOPOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, published by J & F Tallis in London about 1850.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Scenes in Providence
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Scenes in Providence
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - The Mall, Exchange Place, Providence, R.I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

The Mall, Exchange Place, Providence, R.I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Journal Building. Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Journal Building. Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Providence College, Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Providence College, Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Carrie Tower, Brown University, Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Carrie Tower, Brown University, Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Concert Pavilion and Casino, Roger Williams Park, Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Concert Pavilion and Casino, Roger Williams Park, Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Washington Bridge. Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Washington Bridge. Providence, R. I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Weybosset Street, Providence, R.I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Weybosset Street, Providence, R.I.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Gorham Mfg. Co. Plant and Elmwood Railway Station
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Gorham Mfg. Co. Plant and Elmwood Railway Station
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Patents - U.S. and Foreign
Joseph A. Miler & Company

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1915) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1915 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Patents - U.S. and Foreign
Joseph A. Miler & Company

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Providence, Rhode Island, USA

"Front Campus"
Brown University
Providence, R.I.

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1636 - ROGER WILLIAMS was banished from the colony of Massachusetts due to his outspoken views of religious inequality, fled to the head of Narraganset Bay, and there, with a few followers, planted the seed of the commonwealth of Rhode Island in 1636

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1647 - Three settlements united with Providence, formed single government
Anne Hutchinson and her followers founded Portsmouth in 1638, while others of the same group...Read MORE...

1662 - January 27 - 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)

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1663 - King Charles II granted charter for Rhode Island, Providence Plantations
THE CHARTER, GRANTED BY KING CHARLES II., July 8, 1663, and in force until the adoption of the...Read MORE...

1764 - Brown University in Providence is the state's oldest institution of higher education and one of the oldest in the nation. It was chartered in 1764 as Rhode Island College.

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News  1772 - 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI
Rhode Island residents burn British ship Gaspee to protest tax laws.

The World Almanac of the...Read MORE...

In 1791, Providence Bank was established with capital of $400,000.
The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
Author Sir David Brewster
Publisher J. & E. Parker,...Read MORE...

News  1804 - Brown university, founded in 1764, at Providence, Rhode Island, was known as Rhode Island college until 1804, when its name changed in honor of Nicolas Brown, American merchant, who had given it $100,000.

The Morning Herald
Hagerstown, Maryland
May 7, 1926
1815 - Destructive hurricane hits New England
"The Great September Gale" hit New England in September of 1815. It first made landfall on Long...Read MORE...

News  1817 - An Elm tree is standing near Providence, R. I. which measures, 4 feet from the ground, 21 feet in circumference.
There are 18 main branches, averaging 6 feet 3 inches in circumference; the circumference, of the...Read MORE...

News  1842 - May 19 – Dorr Rebellion: Militiamen supporting Thomas Wilson Dorr attack the arsenal in Providence, Rhode Island, but are repulsed.

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May 19, 1842
News  1848 - A man in Providence, Rhode Island, bet five dollars that he could eat a large basket of peaches in one hour.
He was successful, having dispatched one hundred and fifty-two good sized peaches in fifty-two...Read MORE...

News  1873 - Providence, Rhode Island, has a big gasometer, and the city papers are confident its dome is the largest in the world, it being 140 feet in diameter, or one foot larger than the dome of St. Peter's in Rome.
It holds, above the top of the tank, 1,540,000 cubic feet.
The Indianapolis News
Indianapolis, Indiana
April 8, 1873
News  1873 - Joseph Sweet, ninety-one years of age, has been elected President of the Eagle National Bank at Providence, Rhode Island.
Whether Joseph will make it sweeter for himself or the bank is not definitely known.
The Indianapolis News
Indianapolis, Indiana
April 24, 1873
1877 - President Rutherford Hayes tested new telephone, call from Rocky Point to Providence, distance 8 miles
The rich and the famous also came to Rocky Point. One of its most illustrious visitors was...Read MORE...

1878 - George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide variety of other musical entertainment.

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News  1882 - Six of the persons injured in yesterday's fire in the Callender building, Providence, Rhode Island, have already died, and it is expected that the injuries of others will prove fatal.

The Indianapolis News
Indianapolis, Indiana
November 22, 1882
News  1888 - MORE FIRES IN PROVIDENCE. THE THIRD LARGE BLAZE WITHIN FIVE DAYS.
PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 19. - The third large fire during the last five days occurred this...Read MORE...

News  1890 - THE BIG PROVIDENCE FIRE. THOUSANDS OF CURIOUS PERSONS WATCHING THE RUINS.
PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 14. - Thousands of spectators flocked around the scene of Saturday's...Read MORE...

1894 - April 10 - Providence, RI received 9 inches of snow

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News  1895 - KILLED BY A BOILER EXPLOSION - The Accident Occurs Just as a Crowd of Rhode Island Ice Harvesters Begin Work on Mashapang Pond.
PROVIDENCE, R. I., Feb. 4 - A boiler exploded at the icehouses of Earl, Carpenter & Sons, at...Read MORE...

1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...Damage Done By High Tide.
Providence, Feb. 9. - The high tide has done damage in this city...Read MORE...

News  1896 - Gotta De Mon' - An Italian Banker Skips From Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, R. I., Sept. 2. - The Banca Popolare has closed its doors and today there was an...Read MORE...

News  1896 - November 22 - Announcements
E.W. Theinert, of Providence, R.I., will deliver an address upon socialism in U. V. W. Hall this...Read MORE...

1898 - Providence - The Colony of Hope by William B. Weeden
The capital of Rhode Island, the second city of New England, an agricultural village in the...Read MORE...

News  1899 - Socialist Labor Party. E. W. Theinert of Providence Was the Orator of the Evening

Pawtucket Times
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
March 31, 1899
News  May 15, 1900: Rain and fish fell from the sky in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Most of the fish measured 2- to 4-inches long.
NOTE: Olneyville is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island
The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
May 15, 1900
News  1904 - SLIPPERY SIDEWALKS - City Ordinance Does Not Appear to Be Effective.
The sidewalks in the city of Providence are beginning to assume the same condition as last winter,...Read MORE...

News  1905 - $100,000 FIRE IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
Providence, R. I., March 16 - Fire and water today damaged Music Hall block in the center of the...Read MORE...

News  1905 - PIRATE DRUGGED HIM. Arrested Shipmate Tells Strange Story of Sloop Dorado.
Special to The New York Times.

NEWPORT, Oct. 24. - The arrest of Otto Steifel in Providence...Read MORE...

News  1905 - PANIC FOLLOWS EXPLOSION. All Providence Scared Over Prediction of Christmas Disaster.
Special to The New York Times.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 22. - A slight explosion in a jewelry...Read MORE...

1906
Providence, a city, port of entry, capital of the state of Rhode Island, and the county seat of...Read MORE...

News  1908 - Luxury Tax on Bachelors
The Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has issued an "irade" declaring that bachelors should be...Read MORE...

News  1912 - Cotton Mill King Dead
Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 26. - Robert Knight, owner of more cotton mills than any other...Read MORE...

News  1914 - Theinert Nominated by State Socialists Lincoln Man Named for Governor in State Convention of Party

Pawtucket Times
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
October 12, 1914
1927 - The Dartmouth [New Hampshire] football team, scheduled to play Brown at Providence, R. I. tomorrow, was marooned at Hanover, N. H.
Overflowing of the White River had flooded a bridge between Hanover and White River Junction, Vt.,...Read MORE...

1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
...Providence Struck By Tidal Wave.
Providence was one of the chief sufferers in Rhode Island,...Read MORE...

1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
...In Providence the water of the Providence River was but three feet from the floor of the Point...Read MORE...

News  1945 - March 29 - Providence, RI, hit 90 degrees to establish a March record for the New England area.

The Weather Channel
March 29, 1945
1949 - July 10 - WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
...Providence, R. I., was flooded when the storm struck at high tide. Water pushed into the...Read MORE...

News  1960 - October 20 - 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI

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October 20, 1960
1975 - August 2 - Temperature reached 104 degrees at Providence, RI

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1648
Nathaniel DICKENS (1 February 1614 - 18 October 1692) & Joan TYLER ( - 1730)
married 24 June 1648

1650
John SAYLES (abt. 1633 - 1681) & Mary WILLIAMS (8 March 1632 - 1681)
married 1650

1655
Clement KING (abt. 1636 - 12 November 1694) & Joanna PRATT (abt. 1638 - bef. 1666)
married 10 January 1655

1666
Clement KING (abt. 1636 - 12 November 1694) & Susannah ATWOOD (abt. 1632 - 19 Jun 1669)
married 6 July 1666

1720
Daniel ARNOLD (1 May 1699 - 30 July 1773) & Bathsheba BALLOU (15 February 1698 - 15 January 1790)
married 16 October 1720

1725
Jonathan SALISBURY (13 January 1692 - abt. 1738) & Sarah WHIPPLE (26 December 1701 - 11 July 1747)
married 24 August 1725

1735
Elijah HAWKINS (12 September 1705 - 11 September 1754) & Jemima SALISBURY (23 September 1700 - aft. 9 September 1754)
married 13 November 1735

1740
Caleb COLVIN (1719 - 3 May 1789) & Anne BURLINGAME (1720 - 10 November 1779)
married 3 August 1740

1743
Barzillia RICHMOND (13 April 1721 - 5 January 1796) & Sarah KNIGHT (21 November 1718 - 10 October 1791)
married 24 November 1743

1773
Joseph LITCHFIELD (14 January 1751 - 28 January 1828) & Hannah SALISBURY (29 September 1751 - 12 September 1843)
married 27 December 1773

1811
Cromwell MOULTON (9 September 1787 - 20 November 1856) & Lucina A OLNEY (31 March 1796 - 17 January 1870)
married 15 December 1811

1886
Alfred ENO (HENEAULT) (23 October 1861 - 6 December 1936) & Malvina AUDET (16 September 1867 - 1 November 1936)
married 26 July 1886

1908
Martin Joseph CASEY (10 January 1887 - 10 February 1946) & Florence Emily HADLEY (19 June 1889 - 29 December 1972)
married 5 August 1908

1924
Townes Malcom HARRIS (30 July 1899 - 2 November 1978) & Grace Pauline GERRY (8 November 1901 - 31 May 1987)
married 23 December 1924

1928
Alfred H EQUI (22 January 1901 - July 1985) & Lillian THEINERT (22 March 1908 - 14 March 1995)
married 9 November 1928

1932
William THEINERT (2 October 1893 - December 1962) & Veronica Elizabeth STOEFFLER (25 September 1896 - 23 July 1982)
married 20 October 1932

1935
Alonzo Earle BOWMAN (12 January 1902 - March 1972) & Grace Leola WILBUR (11 December 1889 - 28 August 1990)
married 20 July 1935

1936
James F GOODE (abt. 1906 - 12 May 1955) & Vivian Louise FEIGE (22 March 1914 - 27 December 1976)
married 17 February 1936

1938
John E RAY ( - ) & Helen Catherine RIANG (18 July 1909 - 3 December 1993)
married 6 September 1938

1950
Ernest Albert "Ernie" PILZ (12 December 1918 - 26 August 2007) & Hazel Agnes WYLIE (20 January 1923 - 4 April 2000)
married abt. 1950
 

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