The Towns & Post Offices of Rhode Island
1900 Quonochontaug Local Cover - DPO 1849-1883 & 1884-1905

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The Quonochontaug Post Office, (Charlestown Township, Washington County) was established on July 10, 1849 under Postmaster William H. Stillman. The post office was disestablished on February 19, 1883 and reestablished again on May 19, 1884. Quonochontaug Post Office was disestablished for the final time on January 31, 1905 and mail is currently handled by the Westerly Post Office. "Rhode Island Postal History - the post offices" by Merolla, Jackson and Crowther rates this cancel as a rarity "6" or "moderately scarce."

The cover above was mailed to Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Hoxsie at a local address in Quonochontaug. The cover is franked with a 1-Cent Pale-Blue Franklin definitive issued in 1905, (Scott #264) and canceled with a January 18, 1900 CDS and target killer.

Edward Wells Hoxsie was born in Charlestown, Rhode Island on March 29, 1862 and died on January 11, 1939. Etta Sweet Hoxsie was born on March 28, 1867 in South Kingstown, RI and died on January 1, 1936. They had three children; Harry B., Edward H., and Walter W.

Quonochontaug is known for its exceptional sandy beaches.


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