Rhode Island Tercentenary Issue First Day Cover
300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Rhode Island
Issued on May 4, 1936 in Providence, RI - Scott #777

Unofficial Town Cancel - Bristol Ferry, Rhode Island
Unknown Cachet Maker - Planty #777-23a

The Bristol Ferry Post Office, (Portsmouth Township, Newport County) was established on March 9, 1883. under Postmaster Wilbur C. Wheeler. The post office was disestablished on September 30, 1964 and became the Bristol Ferry Rural Station of Portsmouth, which was closed on May 31, 1976.

Wilbur C. Wheeler was born in Massachusetts in 1855. He was married to Laura Wheeler and they had two daughters; Harriet and Lillian. He is listed as a telegraph operator on the 1910 Portsmouth Census.

Source: Rhode Island Postal History: The Post Offices - Merolla, Jackson & Crowther

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