The Cranston Print
Works Post Office, (Cranston
Township, Providence County)
was established on
December 19, 1868 under Postmaster Orton E.
Coleman. The Post Office was disestablished
on April 24, 1893 and the name was changed to
the Cranston Post Office. The Cranston Post
Office was disestablished on August 31,
1903 and the Cranston Branch of the
Providence Post Office was established
on September 1, 1928 and is currently in
operation. The Cranston Print Works Post Office
was formerly known as the Knightsville
Post Office, which was established on
August 19, 1847 under Postmaster
E. Coleman was born in 1842
in Hampton, Connecticut. Orton married Rachel Coleman
in 1866. They had 5 children; Rosey L.,
Earl S., Edward S., Maud,
and Kenneth G.
Works in Cranston, Rhode Island was founded
in 1824 by Governor William Sprague
as the Sprague Print Works. It is the
oldest textile printing company in the U. S.
After the Civil War, ownership of the mill
passed to B. and R. Knight, who
operated it under license with Fruit of the Loom.
In 1920 William Rockefeller bought
the mill and reorganized it as the
Cranston Print Works. Currently the company is
employee owned and operates diversified
businesses in several states, although the
corporate headquarters and the textile division
still operate out of Cranston.
An Interesting side-note
is that one of the founders of the
Rhode Island State Fair Association was
Roland G. Hazard II, the grandson of
textile manufacturer, Roland G. Hazard.
Hazard Family Letters
for further information.