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Adamsville Cheese
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Jeffery Shurtleff:
Expanding Cheese
In the first half of the 20th century Adamsville cheese...
Bake Sales
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Valerie Crowther Turcotte:
Bake Sales on the Wall
The stone wall surrounding the ball field was
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Baseball
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Richard Desjardins:
As Fast as You Could Change Your Clothes
1950s
Baseball was, and is, incredibly ...
Clam Bakes
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The Old Stone Church Clambakes began during the Civil War to
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Clambake Image B
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Postcard by O.E. Dubois.
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Clambake Image D
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Postcard by O.E. Dubois.
Courtesy of the Deschene
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Clambake Image E-1
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Postcard by O.E. Dubois.
Courtesy of Richard Bixby.
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Clambake Image G
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Postcard by O.E. Dubois.
Courtesy of Richard Bixby.
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Dr. White’s Specialities
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Bottle Digging
This advertisement was
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The Adamsville Fire Truck
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Tom Deschene:
The Adamsville Fire Truck
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Farming
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John Kneeland:
Planting Apple Trees with Dynamite
There were many family farms in and around Adamsvil...
Ice Skating
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Connie Shurtleff McGee:
Bon Fire Tires – 1950s & 60s
Ice skating on the Mill Pond was a winter pa...
Walking With Your Skates On
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Karen Rosinha Daniels-Ambrifi:
We ice skated in the winter. I wasn’t a big
ice sk...
Jonnycakes
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Jonnycakes are pancakes made from corn meal. Corn
grew well in New England, while wheat and other ...
Jonnycake Recipe
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Shop Gray’s Grist Mill
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Adamsville Thin Jonnycakes
1 c Jonnycake Meal
½ tsp. Salt
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Penny Candy
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Sarah Desjardins:
Penny Candy Postcard
So many Adamsvillians told us about penny-
candy, we knew ...
Candy at Simmons Store
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Heather Bixby Fitzgerald
One thing I remember as a kid—
penny candy was huge! I think
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The RI Red Monument
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Bordon Tripp
Oral History 1990
In Dr. von Trapp’s house
was Harold Tompkins and
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Rhode Island Red
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The Adamsville Monument
Bordon Tripp
Oral History 1990
William Tripp was a whaling captain. ...
The Other Monument
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Bordon Tripp
Oral History 1990
In 1954 I happened to be working up at
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Longfield Lantern
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This is the “classic” Longfield Lantern. It is copper and glass.
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  1. 1. Things PreviousHome Next Adamsville Cheese Baseball Ice Skating Bake Sales Fire Truck Jonnycakes Penny Candy Rhode Island Red Monument Dr. White’s SpecialtiesClambakes Farming
  2. 2. Adamsville Cheese PreviousHome Jeffery Shurtleff: Expanding Cheese In the first half of the 20th century Adamsville cheese developed a regional reputation for its delicious sharp flavor. The post office shipped thousands of pounds of cheese to summer residents and visitors who wanted it all-year-round. The New York Washed Curd Cheddar was delivered to Adamsville and then aged in local basements for about nine months. Each month it was turned to ensure an even flavor. John Kneeland: I Turned the Cheese Adamsville Cheese at Simmon’s Store. Courtesy of Leslie Deschene. Next Dick Squire: We Did Not Turn the Cheese
  3. 3. Bake Sales PreviousHome Valerie Crowther Turcotte: Bake Sales on the Wall The stone wall surrounding the ball field was frequently used for bake sales in the 1940s and ’50s. It was a prime spot for local organizations to raise funds because of the high level of traffic in the village each Saturday. The three grocery stores and the liquor store drew people from Little Compton, Tiverton and Westport, MA. Saturday Summer, 1945. Painting by Grace Simmmons McKivergan. Next
  4. 4. Baseball PreviousHome Richard Desjardins: As Fast as You Could Change Your Clothes 1950s Baseball was, and is, incredibly popular in Adamsville. Deborah Manchester donated the Wheeler Memorial Baseball Field to the children of Adamsville in honor of two of her nephews. In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s the field was constantly used for neighborhood pick-up games, with no adult supervision or intervention. Today the field is a vital part of the town’s Little League program. Turn-of-the-Century Baseball LCHS Collection Next Susan Peckham: Scrub – 1940s
  5. 5. Clam Bakes PreviousHome Photo Album The Old Stone Church Clambakes began during the Civil War to raise funds for the troops. They continued until World War II often drawing 1000 people from the surrounding areas. Local newspapers reported on them extensively listing the gallons of chowder ad the bushels of clams consumed. Diners, some wearing white gloves, would eat at long tables set up under the trees in back of the church. Servers were assigned a table and would wait on that specific table year after year, even passing the assignment down to their children. Old Stone Church is just over the line in Tiverton, RI but Adamsville has always “claimed” it. Courtesy of Alice Wordell Beattie Next Fall River photographer, O.E. Dubois frequently photographed Adamsville scenes and captured these clambake images in 1910.
  6. 6. Clambake Image B PreviousHome Back to Album Postcard by O.E. Dubois. LCHS Collection. Next
  7. 7. Clambake Image D PreviousHome Back to Album Postcard by O.E. Dubois. Courtesy of the Deschene Family. Next Next
  8. 8. Clambake Image E-1 PreviousHome Back to Album Postcard by O.E. Dubois. Courtesy of the Deschene Family. Next Next
  9. 9. Clambake Image E-2 PreviousHome Back to Album Postcard by O.E. Dubois. Courtesy of Richard Bixby. Next Next
  10. 10. Clambake Image G PreviousHome End – Back to Clambakes Postcard by O.E. Dubois. Courtesy of Richard Bixby. Next
  11. 11. Dr. White’s Specialities PreviousHome Bottle Digging This advertisement was displayed on a trolley in Providence, RI. Dr. White’s son began manufacturing and marketing his father’s remedies in 1872 from the family’s laboratory in Adamsville. The White’s sold the business to Frederick Brownell, Carlton Brownell’s father. Carlton referred to the business as “not very profitable,” and the Brownells’ stopped making the “Specialities.” The Laboratory LCHS Collection Next Dr. White
  12. 12. The Adamsville Fire Truck PreviousHome Tom Deschene: The Adamsville Fire Truck Fire was a serious threat to Adamsville’s homes and farms. In the early 20th century, insurance companies in nearby cities refused to insure these rural properties. Little Compton residents established their own insurance company and volunteers built a fire truck in Little Compton and in Adamsville. The Adamsville truck, built on a 1921 Phaeton, was housed in the Deschene family’s blacksmith shop on Old Harbor Road. It had an excellent track record for extinguishing fires. Everett Deschene in the Adamsville Fire Truck, c. 1930. Courtesy of the Deschene Family. Next Tom Deschene: John Burchard’s Sirens and Cisterns
  13. 13. Farming PreviousHome John Kneeland: Planting Apple Trees with Dynamite There were many family farms in and around Adamsville during the first half of the 20th century. The farms closest to the village tended to be small, producing just enough for the family. Those farmers often had day jobs in addition to their farm chores. Farmers ran dairies, raised poultry, grew flint corn for jonnycake meal, planted apple orchards, and raised vegetables. Every vacant lot was used for hay. What the farm families did not eat themselves, they sold to neighbors or traded at Adamsville’s stores for other products. After WWII there were fewer farms. Young men were interested in other careers, and increased regulations decreased profits. In the late-20th century Adamsville’s biggest crop was most likely African violets. The Stone Barn A Jersey Bull on the Kneeland Farm, Old Harbor Road, 1951. Courtesy of John K. Kneeland. Next Elsa Cory: A Quarter-Million Violets
  14. 14. Ice Skating PreviousHome Connie Shurtleff McGee: Bon Fire Tires – 1950s & 60s Ice skating on the Mill Pond was a winter pastime enjoyed by Adamsville’s children and adults. Since everyone swears the pond was frozen all winter long in the 1940s, skating was only interrupted when John Hart and the other ice men harvested giant blocks of ice from the pond. Karen Rosina Daniels-Ambrifi: Walking in Your Skates – 1960s & 70s Eleanor Gray Rosinha ready to skate on Adamsville Mill Pond, 1941. Courtesy of Karen Rosinha Daniels-Ambrifi. Next Florence Jean Letourneau: Crack the Whip – 1930s & 40s
  15. 15. Walking With Your Skates On PreviousHome Karen Rosinha Daniels-Ambrifi: We ice skated in the winter. I wasn’t a big ice skater, but I would go down to the pond and go through the motions of putting my skates on. Ed Cook ran the store then, and sometimes he let us go in there and get warm. You’d put your skates on in there, at least me because I was the wimp. Then, click across the street with your skates on. I mean I didn’t have blade covers, so I put my skates on at Ed’s store and then go down the steps and across the street and try to get my skates to skate after walking on pavement with them. Skating in Adamsville in the 1960s. Courtesy of Stephanie von Trapp Derbyshire. Next
  16. 16. Jonnycakes PreviousHome Jonnycakes are pancakes made from corn meal. Corn grew well in New England, while wheat and other grains did not. As a result, corn meal became a staple of New England’s diet. Many families ate them at three meals a day throughout the early 20th century. Locals preferred thin cakes (skins) topped with thick, unpasteurized cream. The Recipe The Society for the Propagation of the Jonnycake Tradition in Rhode Island was active in the 1980s. Sign by Tim McTague. Next Winston Hart: Sixty-Three Jonnycakes Walter Elwell: Jonnycakes and Eels
  17. 17. Jonnycake Recipe PreviousHome Shop Gray’s Grist Mill Next Adamsville Thin Jonnycakes 1 c Jonnycake Meal ½ tsp. Salt 1 ¾ c Milk Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Cook on well-greased, hot griddle. Add extra milk if necessary to keep batter thin, Courtesy of Gray’s Grist Mill.
  18. 18. Penny Candy PreviousHome Sarah Desjardins: Penny Candy Postcard So many Adamsvillians told us about penny- candy, we knew it deserved its own page. Tom and Leslie Deschene: We Tried it All Candy Counter Simmon’s Store. Courtesy of the Deschene Family. Next Jonah Waite: Five-Cent Candy Tom Deschene: As Soon As I was Done Working
  19. 19. Candy at Simmons Store PreviousHome Heather Bixby Fitzgerald One thing I remember as a kid— penny candy was huge! I think Simmons’ Store had a better selection but Gracie didn’t really have a lot of patience when you were picking out candy. But if you went to Gray’s Store, you could stand there all day long if you wanted to, and Leonard would take a half an hour if that’s what it took you—one of these, one of these, one of these! He didn’t have as good a selection, but he wouldn’t scare you the way Gracie did. I’m sure a lot of my friends would say the same thing. Postcard by Sarah Desjardins. Next
  20. 20. The RI Red Monument PreviousHome Bordon Tripp Oral History 1990 In Dr. von Trapp’s house was Harold Tompkins and his brother, Lester. They were what was called “poultry-fanciers” and they bred show birds. They were very influential in Massachusetts because at that time they were living in Concord, MA. They had moved away from here and Tom White had moved in there. So they prevailed on Deborah and Lizzie Manchester to get this monument erected here in Adamsville. Well it was a big furor. Everybody downtown Little Compton was terribly against it, they thought that was no place for the monument, and they were probably right too. But Deborah and Lizzie prevailed and the monument was dedicated in 1926. My father and I walked up from our place on Mullin Hill Road. Professor Bill Monahan was the Commissioner of Agriculture in the state of Massachusetts and he gave the address which lasted an hour, which most of them did in those days, or more. But very interesting, and of course it wasn’t me, but my father who was in the poultry business.. I was only 10 years old or so. I didn’t think much of walking the walk back. I was thinking about that. But anyway, the monument was dedicated and it’s there today. Next Deborah Manchester and her nephew Roger Dennett Jr. at the monument unveiling, 1926. Courtesy of Alice Tripp Hopkins. Other Monument
  21. 21. Rhode Island Red PreviousHome The Adamsville Monument Bordon Tripp Oral History 1990 William Tripp was a whaling captain. He brought back some fowl that he bought in, actually in Bangladesh. You heard him speak of chitty-cock before, the chitty-cock fowl? He picked up Mediterranean fowl along the way and brought them home, and he bred these birds, until he developed a straight breed. He lived down at the corner of William Sisson Road and Long Highway. And of course, he was the originator of the Rhode Island Red. LCHS Note: William Tripp was a farmer who sold goods to sea captains in New Bedford. He did get an exotic chicken from the ships and bred it with local birds to develop the first RI Red. Issac C. Wilbour further developed and named the breed. The “Other” Monument Postcard, 1901. Courtesy of Walter Elwell. Next
  22. 22. The Other Monument PreviousHome Bordon Tripp Oral History 1990 In 1954 I happened to be working up at the state house and we decided to have a 100th anniversary of the Rhode Island Red. So we had a bill pass through the legislature that gave us the funds. In those days, Johnny Rego, he was the director of the Department of Agriculture and he sent his forestry crew down here and we had a big celebration, a barbeque, and fed 2,500 people. We dedicated a monument over on the corner of William Sisson Road and Long Highway, the first place that a Rhode Island Red was in being. So, that’s the history of the Rhode Island Red, and at the same time we influenced the legislature to name the state bird, Rhode Island Red, and when they did it I happened to get this little button here… See it on MapQuest LCHS Collection Next RI Red Monument
  23. 23. Longfield Lantern PreviousHome This is the “classic” Longfield Lantern. It is copper and glass. There were many variations on this design and the Longfields took custom orders. Longfield Lantern owned by Alice Wordell Beattie. LCHS Collection Next
  24. 24. Adamsville Word Cloud PreviousHome Next What Did We Remember?

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