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  • 1800 - Washington Bank Established
    In 1800, Washington Bank was established in Westerly with capital of $50,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & E. Parker, 1832
    Page 229

  • News 1803 - 16 people aged 1,444 years
    There are now living, in the town of Westerly, in the state of Rhode Island, sixteen persons, the amount of whose ages is, 1,444 years. The oldest being 102 years, and the youngest being 81 years. The average being 90 years and three months.
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    Daily Advertiser
    New York
    March 25, 1803

  • 1819 - Westerly
    Westerly is a maritime post township, situated in the southwest corner of the State, 36 miles southwest from Providence, and 35 west by south from Newport; bounded on the north by the Pawcatuck river and the town of Hopkinton, on the east by Charlestown, on the south by the Atlantic ocean, and on...Read MORE...


  • 1839 - Westerly
    Westerly, Rhode Island
    Washington county. Westerly is washed by the Atlantic ocean on the south, and Pawcatuck river, which separates this state from Connecticut, on the west. This maritime town has its principal harbor at the mouth of the Pawcatuck, in which vessels are built, and in which some...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Westerly
    Westerly, a thriving post-village of Washington co., Rhode Island, on the Pawcatuck river, the boundary between Rhode Island and Connecticut, and on the Stonington and Providence railroad, 45 miles S. W. from Providence. The inhabitants are extensively engaged in cotton and other manufactures. Ship ...Read MORE...


  • News 1858 - A man in Westerly, Rhode Island, recently married a girl thirteen years of age, and committed suicide by hanging himself in a few days afterwards.

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    Plain Dealer
    Ohio
    January 4, 1858

  • News 1881 - Bigger than stones in Egypt
    At the Westerly quarries, Rhode Island, a single stone 150 feet long, ten feet wide and eight feet thick, weighing more than 1,000 tons, has been loosened from the ledge. This is a bigger stone that the monarchs of Egypt ever produced. The Yankees are ahead.
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    Indianapolis Sentinel
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    July 21, 1881

  • 1895 - Westerly
    Wes’terly, a post-village in Westerly township, Washington co., R.I., on the Pawcatuck River and the Stoning ton & Providence Railroad, 6 miles N.E. of Stonington, and 44 miles S.S.W. of Providence. Small vessels can ascend the river to this place. It contains 9 churches, a high school, a superior...Read MORE...


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    R. R. Station, Westerly, R.I.
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  • News 1897 - Died at 108
    Mrs. Charlotte Leclair of Westerly, R. I., died yesterday morning at the age of 108 years and six months. She was born in La Prairie, a small town in Quebec. Five generations of her descendants are living.
    Springfield Republican
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    October 10, 1897

  • News 1900 - TURKEY FOR THE PRESIDENT - A Rhode Island Bird Picked Out for Thanksgiving at the White House
    PROVIDENCE, R. I. The Westerly turkey king has picked out the turkey which it is expected will grace President McKinley's table at the White House on Thanksgiving Day. The turkey is a magnificent-looking gobbler and is now strutting around showing its pride in its 35 pounds of superiority. The bird ...Read MORE...


  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Bradford Depot
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Noyes Beach and Weekapaug Inn., Westerly, R.I.
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Elm Street, Westerly, R.I.
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Casino at Wequetequock near Westerly, R.I.
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Christ Church, 1905
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Episcopal Church
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    High Street from Dixon House Square
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  • 1906
    Westerly, a post-village in Westerly township (town), Washington CO., R.I., on the Pawcatuck River and the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 44 miles SW. of Providence. Small vessels ascend the river to this place. The town has extensive manufactures of cottons and wool lens, thread, and...Read MORE...


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    Congregational Church, 1907
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Street View showing Post Office and Library
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    St. Michael's Church, 1907
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Church of the Immaculate Conception
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Junction High & Broad Sts.
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    White Rock Mill, near Westerly, R.I., 1909
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Library
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    A Scene on the Pawcatuck River
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    West Broad Street High School
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    Entrance to Wilcox Park
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    West Broad Street, Westerly, R. I.
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    West Broad Street
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    The Colonial Club, 1913
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    New Junior High School
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  • Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
    The Wigwam, Misquamicut, R.I.
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  • 1932 - September 16 - 30.8 cm rainfall at Westerly, Rhode Island (state record)

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  • News 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...Westerly R. I. Hit.
    The Rhode Island shore felt the first blast of the Atlantic hurricane about 9 p.m. last night. Communications were interrupted and details scarce.

    Westerly and the surrounding area lost all electric power, with trees and power lines down, as wind measured at "more than...Read MORE...




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R. R. Station, Westerly, R.I.

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Noyes Beach and Weekapaug Inn., Westerly, R.I.

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Elm Street, Westerly, R.I.

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Bradford Depot

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Casino at Wequetequock near Westerly, R.I.

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Christ Church, 1905

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Episcopal Church

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High Street from Dixon House Square

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Congregational Church, 1907

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Street View showing Post Office and Library

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St. Michael's Church, 1907

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Church of the Immaculate Conception

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Junction High & Broad Sts.

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White Rock Mill, near Westerly, R.I., 1909

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West Broad Street, Westerly, R. I.

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West Broad Street

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Library

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A Scene on the Pawcatuck River

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West Broad Street High School

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Entrance to Wilcox Park

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The Colonial Club, 1913

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New Junior High School

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The Wigwam, Misquamicut, R.I.

History, News and Stories of Westerly, Rhode Island, USA

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  • 1800 - Washington Bank Established
    In 1800, Washington Bank was established in Westerly with capital of $50,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & E. Parker, 1832
    Page 229
  • News  1803 - 16 people aged 1,444 years
    There are now living, in the town of Westerly, in the state of Rhode Island, sixteen persons, the amount of whose ages is, 1,444 years. The oldest being 102 years, and the youngest being 81 years. The average being 90 years and three months.
    genealogybank.com
    Daily Advertiser
    New York
    March 25, 1803
  • 1819 - Westerly
    Westerly is a maritime post township, situated in the southwest corner of the State, 36 miles southwest from Providence, and 35 west by south from Newport; bounded on the north by the Pawcatuck river and the town of Hopkinton, on the east by Charlestown, on the south by the Atlantic ocean, and on... Read MORE...

  • 1839 - Westerly
    Westerly, Rhode Island
    Washington county. Westerly is washed by the Atlantic ocean on the south, and Pawcatuck river, which separates this state from Connecticut, on the west. This maritime town has its principal harbor at the mouth of the Pawcatuck, in which vessels are built, and in which some... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Westerly
    Westerly, a thriving post-village of Washington co., Rhode Island, on the Pawcatuck river, the boundary between Rhode Island and Connecticut, and on the Stonington and Providence railroad, 45 miles S. W. from Providence. The inhabitants are extensively engaged in cotton and other manufactures. Ship ... Read MORE...

  • News  1858 - A man in Westerly, Rhode Island, recently married a girl thirteen years of age, and committed suicide by hanging himself in a few days afterwards.

    genealogybank.com
    Plain Dealer
    Ohio
    January 4, 1858
  • News  1881 - Bigger than stones in Egypt
    At the Westerly quarries, Rhode Island, a single stone 150 feet long, ten feet wide and eight feet thick, weighing more than 1,000 tons, has been loosened from the ledge. This is a bigger stone that the monarchs of Egypt ever produced. The Yankees are ahead.
    genealogybank.com
    Indianapolis Sentinel
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    July 21, 1881
  • 1895 - Westerly
    Wes’terly, a post-village in Westerly township, Washington co., R.I., on the Pawcatuck River and the Stoning ton & Providence Railroad, 6 miles N.E. of Stonington, and 44 miles S.S.W. of Providence. Small vessels can ascend the river to this place. It contains 9 churches, a high school, a superior... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - Died at 108
    Mrs. Charlotte Leclair of Westerly, R. I., died yesterday morning at the age of 108 years and six months. She was born in La Prairie, a small town in Quebec. Five generations of her descendants are living.
    Springfield Republican
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    October 10, 1897
  • News  1900 - TURKEY FOR THE PRESIDENT - A Rhode Island Bird Picked Out for Thanksgiving at the White House
    PROVIDENCE, R. I. The Westerly turkey king has picked out the turkey which it is expected will grace President McKinley's table at the White House on Thanksgiving Day. The turkey is a magnificent-looking gobbler and is now strutting around showing its pride in its 35 pounds of superiority. The bird ... Read MORE...


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  • 1906
    Westerly, a post-village in Westerly township (town), Washington CO., R.I., on the Pawcatuck River and the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 44 miles SW. of Providence. Small vessels ascend the river to this place. The town has extensive manufactures of cottons and wool lens, thread, and... Read MORE...

  • 1932 - September 16 - 30.8 cm rainfall at Westerly, Rhode Island (state record)

    historyorb.com
  • News  1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...Westerly R. I. Hit.
    The Rhode Island shore felt the first blast of the Atlantic hurricane about 9 p.m. last night. Communications were interrupted and details scarce.

    Westerly and the surrounding area lost all electric power, with trees and power lines down, as wind measured at "more than... Read MORE...



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