From Farmhand to Freeholder

From Farmhand to Freeholder

Manuel Furtado Dutra arrived barefoot and alone in Jamestown in 1917 when he was 13 years old. He had never worn shoes in his life, could not read or write, and had never been to school. Leaving his island home of Fayal in the Azores, Portugal, on the steamship Roma,...
The Jamestown Forum

The Jamestown Forum

In the aftermath of World War II, the world faced the twin tasks of recovering from the dislocations that had affected everyone’s life and of defining the future direction of society.  Many new governmental organizations were founded – from the United Nations (October...
Town, residents made ultimate sacrifice in WWII

Town, residents made ultimate sacrifice in WWII

Many Jamestown residents have given the ultimate sacrifice to their nation during wartime. While honoring the local men and women who have died, the community also is compelled to take stock of the causes for which they fought, as these causes still have echoes in the...
John Robert Caswell

John Robert Caswell

Jamestown has had many inventive and colorful residents over the years, among them John Robert Caswell.  Caswell, who was known as JR, was born in Somerset, MA, in 1875.  He was only 22 and his bride, Isabella Collins, was 18 when they married.  Soon after, the young...
Women in Our Post Office

Women in Our Post Office

The first post office in Jamestown was established in 1847.  At the time, women were less than 1 percent of federal Postmasters, and the Postmaster’s salary was a percentage of the stamps sold.  Mail was not delivered door-to-door; it was held by the Postmaster for...