Postal History - Railroad Post Offices
1890-93 Providence &
Pascoag Route Agent Marking
Providence & Springfield Railroad (1873-1893)
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Mrs. Bellows in Pascoag To Son - J.
S. Bellows in West Springfield, Massachusetts
The cover above actually
traveled on the Providence and
Springfield Railroad, although
the line was never completed to Springfield. This railroad was
and was extended to Douglas
Junction, Massachusetts in
It became a part of the New York,
New Haven and Hartford in
Passenger service to Pascoag
was discontinued in 1895
and restored in 1904.
It was discontinued again in 1925
and discontinued on the entire line in
Freight Service from Providence
was discontinued in 1937.
The railroad was
originally chartered in
1871 as the
it was renamed Providence
and Springfield in
length of the line from
Providence to Douglas Junction was
and from Providence to Pascoag -
When first opened
in August 1873,
the line only extended between
and the railroad used a two mile stretch of
Hartford, Providence and Fishkill
track until 1874.
The railroad opened its
Providence Station in
The New York and New
England Railroad leased
the line in 1890
and extended it to Wallum
the New England Railroad,
(owned by the New Haven Railroad)
bought out the line. The New Haven was not interested in
extended the line to Springfield and the
was never completed.
The line between Providence
continued to be operated as
a freight line by the New
Haven until 1962.
The stamp is the 2-cent,
issue of 1890 to 1893
and places the date of this letter between those years. The
Cancellation is a "Negative
The letter is addressed to
J. S. Bellows in
West Springfield, Massachusetts
from his mother, Abbey
Pascoag, Rhode Island.
It is a rather newsy letter and Mrs. Bellows used every
available bit of space on both sides of the sheet. The letter
gives news of the town, her neighbors and the family and
mentions an argument between her son and husband.
John S. Bellows
in the township of
and Abbey Bellows.
He is listed in the 1930
(at age 64)
as living in Woonsocket
and working as a designer
in a woolen mill.
The full Text of the Letter
Pascoag Sept 28
My Dear Johnnie,
We Have just eaten breakfast,
Now I will write to you a few lines, was glad to hear
from you hope you will get what
belongs to you. Your father says if you are going to put
it in a lawyers hand you ought
to give him such a per cent -- if he gets the case. If not
he is not to have anything. You
will know then if he thinks it a very good case.
The men commenced on a new railroad Monday, about
three hundred in three different
sections. They are going to build iron bridges over
Johnnie Friskes property. " " " tells
your father he ought to take out an accident insurance
policy for me. they keep me on the
road all the time. He says if he had had one before we
went to Davisville, he would been
rich now. I sent word to him if he would take one out for
me I would start at once and
divide the profits with him. John Walling was to decide
yesterday if he buys Mr. Cooks
house. I don't want any here in Pascoag.
(Probably refers to an ethnic group such as
Irish, Italian or African)
Hope you will be ready to come home by Saturday. If
we are going to move we ought to
before cold weather. I think your father will go if we
take the right way with him. I am
very sorry you had that talk with him, perhaps he provoked
you to it. He thinks he didn't.
It plagued him terribly. He cried when he told me about
it. He said as much as he had
always thought of you. Of course he don't lay it up
against you. Now try to get along with
him. If you don't think just as he does, let it go. He is
getting old and feeble. he can't
endure but only very little, complains of being tired all
the time. Has had quite a bad cold
for a week. I thought I would have to send for the doctor
one night. If we are in Providence,
alone and sick some of them can come for one day at a
Bentlie grant is very sick, her father and mother
are in Washington. Nettie went yesterday
to stay a few days. Nellie has not been well since she
went down the river. -- She has been
under Dr. Grangers care a week or more -- is gaining some
I think. De Witt Emma & his
wife and Mrs. Ed Sayles have gone to ?unreadable?
to stay ten days. Sophia was here last
week. I must close would like to hear from you again hope
you will come Saturday
Love to all, Mother
Your things ought to be seen to -- it is six weeks, if we
move you don't want to unpack.
Ask Carrie if I owe her a letter.