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Polish couple settles into life at West Ferry

Among the men who served at Fort Greble and stayed to become a Jamestown resident was Antoni Piliski. He was born in late 1874 or early 1875 in an area of northeastern Poland that had been annexed by Russia in the late 18th century.

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Stillman Saunders on the beach at his boatbuilding facility in Saunderstown
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Saunderstown man picks fight with ferries

Stillman Saunders on the beach at his boatbuilding facility in Saunderstown, circa 1905. Unhappy with the ferry service across the West Passage, he launched a rival company in 1906 to compete with the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company.

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The Jamestown on Narragansett Bay
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Ferryboats from Virginia

For 78 years, from 1873 to 1951, the town of Jamestown through the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Co. provided transportation between Conanicut and Aquidneck islands.

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Cars wait in line at East Ferry to board the incoming ferryboat to Newport in the 1960s. The ferry, aside from driving through Providence, was the only way to get to Aquidneck Island until 1969.
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Ferries Known for Long Lines

Before the Newport Pell Bridge was completed in 1969, the only way to get from Jamestown to Newport was to take the ferry or drive through Providence.

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The Holy Ghost Society’s crown of Espirito Santo. Introduced to Jamestown in 1922, the crown was passed from Portuguese household to household for decades. The current keeper is Fran Lopes.
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Tradition of Portuguese crown dies with younger generation

Most of the Portuguese immigrants who came to Jamestown at the turn of the 20th century were from the Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic about 900 miles off the Portuguese coast. Many of these immigrants spoke of their homeland as the Western Isles rather than Portugal.

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A four-engine long-range B-24 Liberator bomber on which William Sweet was engineer for 18 missions over enemy territory during World War II.
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Brooks family lost three members during World War II

Few were left untouched by the global conflict, and 13 men from Jamestown died serving their country. The hardest-hit local family was the Brooks family. Eighty years ago, the United States was entering its second year of involvement in World War II.

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Preston E. Peckham and his wife, Catherine, taking a chilly winter carriage ride. Participating in horse competition, pigeon races, and carriage parades, Preston, born in 1884, was considered one of the most colorful turn-of-the-century characters in Jamestown.
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Peckham men from farmers to ferryboats

John Peckham, a Newport freeholder, was one of Jamestown’s first landowners. Although he was not among the 101 men who signed the prepurchase agreement for Conanicut Island, his name appears on Joshua Fisher’s 1658 map.

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