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1915 Divided Back Postcard from Wickford, RI
Old Washington Street in Wickford, Rhode Island

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The postcard above was sent from Wickford, RI by Irene to her friend Mrs. Frank Ullrich in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on August 12, 1915. The scene shows old houses on Washington Street in Wickford, RI. (This street is wider and paved today.)

The Post Office at Wickford, (North Kingstown Township, Washington County) Rhode Island was established on March 5, 1799. The first Postmaster was Daniel E. Updike. The Post Office was disestablished on November 15, 1957 and consolidated along with the Hamilton Post Office on November 16, 1957 as the North Kingstown Post Office. The North Kingstown Post Office is currently in operation. 

Postmaster Daniel E. Updike was the grandson of one of the original founders of the town, Lodowick Updike. Daniel was born on May 7, 1734. The first Updike in Rhode Island was Lodowick's father, Gysbert Lodowick Op Dyck, who immigrated from the Rhineland, Germany.

The Full Message Text is reproduced below:

      Aug 9 - 1915
Dear Mrs Ullrich
         It is lovely down here. no meals to get. no dishes
to wash, nothing to do only dress up and eat. We are
just living on the water this week. Both the babies go
in bathing every day and enjoy it. We have been to
Narragansett Pier twice, it is only twelve miles from.


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