Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts

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Help keep our town's wonderful past alive. Pictures, stories, experiences, are all welcome, if you have an item/photo to donate, please email us. Photos can be carefully scanned and returned to owner.

Mission: Preserving and promoting Plainville's wonderful and important history through photos, stories, and video.

We would just like to thank our friends at the Sun Chronicle for including an article in the local section of the paper ...
12/04/2019

We would just like to thank our friends at the Sun Chronicle for including an article in the local section of the paper this morning about the Humphrey House being open this coming Saturday during the 2019 Winter Festival. We were not expecting it, but It really means a lot to us and really helps us get the word out to the public that we will be open!! Thank you again!!!

Today, December 3, 2019, Giving Tuesday. Join the movement and give - whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the...
12/03/2019

Today, December 3, 2019, Giving Tuesday. Join the movement and give - whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community. All over the World locations in the community participate in asking for that same community to help support their local nonprofit.

Plainville Historical Commission relies on two aspects of giving:

1. Physical and digital donations of Plainville related history for others to enjoy and learn from.

2. Volunteers who give their time to help care for the collection and the Humphrey House.

None of our members or volunteers are paid for the time and work that is done to ensure that Plainville’s history is never locked away from the public eye again or worse still, lost forever to future generations. In order to do this, we need the community to not only care but help us. Caring for the town’s history is too big of a job for a few dedicated volunteers to do on their own, we need more of the community to get involved, more of the community to care.

Contact the Historical Commission, ask what you can do to help out, volunteer to help scan photos, give tours, organize the collection, help spread the word that the Historical Commission and the Humphrey House are part of the community and we have services to help the community grow, protect, and preserve their own family history for future generations.

We especially hope you will take time on Saturday during the Winter Festival to visit the Humphrey House. You will see all the work that has been done, but will also see the work that still needs to be done.

This Giving Tuesday we encourage you to support other nonprofits around the area, but we beg you to not forget about the Historical Commission, don’t forget about the town’s history. Once that history is lost, it is lost forever and that is something no one can afford. We need you to remember us and remember the Humphrey House. Please help give the Historical Commission a voice in the community, don't let us be forgotten about, don't let the Historical Commission become a secret society again.

Thank you,
The Plainville Historical Commission

12/02/2019

We would just like to thank everyone for their support during our Salute to Service tribute this year. We had many more nominees than previous years which led to the tribute going an extra couple days, which was amazing. Next year we will be doubling up on the honorees to ensure everyone has a chance to be in the spotlight during November. We look forward to doing this tribute every year and this year was one of the most powerful ones.

Thank you everyone!!

Our Final Salute to Service is for Bradley Plante, who has helped with many aspects of our Salute to Service the last fe...
12/02/2019

Our Final Salute to Service is for Bradley Plante, who has helped with many aspects of our Salute to Service the last few years and we wanted to make sure he was honored! Sergeant First Class (Active Army), Captain (Army Reserve). He worked briefly for the Plainville Police Department returning to service with the Army in 1976. He served as an MP in Germany, England and as a military advisor in the Virgin Islands. He finished his career as the Operational Test Officer for the Department of Defense's Compact 9MM handgun procurement and as Chief of Security on Johnston Island. Plante was awarded three Meritorious Service Medals during his career.

We Thank Mr. Plante for his service to this country and to our community and thank him very much for his continued assistance during our Salute to Service Tributes.

Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts
12/02/2019

Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts

Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts's cover photo
12/02/2019

Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts's cover photo

Our next Nominee comes from Roberta Green for her father:Colonel Carl Green served during the Second World War in the 4t...
12/02/2019

Our next Nominee comes from Roberta Green for her father:

Colonel Carl Green served during the Second World War in the 4th Armored Division and received several medals, awards, and decorations during his service, including two Silver Stars, Two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, (one of which was from a wound he received during the Battle of the Bulge). He was even awarded a medal for bravery by the French Government.

For his Silver Star, the following quote is attached:
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Carl W. Green United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 51st Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in action against the enemy on 15 October 1944, at Arracourt, France. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."

In addition, following his military service Colonel Green faithfully served the town of Plainville as Superintendent of Schools for many years.

The photo and information shared with us by his daughter Roberta Green

We thank Colonel Green for his service to not only our country but our community and thank his daughter for once again sharing his story.

Memory Monday!! Here we look back to Plainville in 1969 and the Fire Station, all decked out for the Holidays. @plainvil...
12/02/2019

Memory Monday!! Here we look back to Plainville in 1969 and the Fire Station, all decked out for the Holidays.
@plainville_massachusetts
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Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts
12/02/2019

Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts

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12/02/2019

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First official snow of the season for the Humphrey House!!! Photo Credit: K. Moore
12/02/2019

First official snow of the season for the Humphrey House!!!

Photo Credit: K. Moore

Thought our friends at Plainville Park Department and at Friends of Plainville Parks and Recreation would appreciate thi...
12/02/2019

Thought our friends at Plainville Park Department and at Friends of Plainville Parks and Recreation would appreciate this.

Our next nominee comes from Charlene Howell, for her father Staff Sargent Irvin L. J Hopkins, he was also a Scout leader...
12/01/2019

Our next nominee comes from Charlene Howell, for her father Staff Sargent Irvin L. J Hopkins, he was also a Scout leader for troop 46 in the '60s.

We thank Charlene for reaching out to the Historical Commission and thank her father for his service.

If you would like to see yourself or a member of your family honored in this way please remember we take nominees all year long. Any nominees we receive during the year will be added to our Armed Services Album, then shared next November.

You can message or email the Plainville Historical Commission [email protected]
Be sure to include a photo and the name of the serviceman or woman, rank, branch, years of service, honors, war served, etc.

if you do not have a photo to share, but would still like to participate please send as much information as you feel comfortable providing.
Full credit will be given to you and your family for helping to honor members of the United States Armed Services during the Plainville Historical Commission’s Salute to Service November.
This is just our small way to thank and give back to all the men and women of the United States Armed services past, present, and future for all they do, have done, and continue to do to keep our country safe.
Thank You for your service.

Okay. Let’s be honest, show of hands how many are excited that the snow is coming? Anyone? Possibly?Photo: Humphrey Hous...
12/01/2019

Okay. Let’s be honest, show of hands how many are excited that the snow is coming? Anyone? Possibly?
Photo: Humphrey House, following the Blizzard of ’78
#plainville #plainvillema #plainvillehistory #blizzardof78 #humphreyhouse #snowiscoming #letitsnow

Even though November is over, we had three come to us after we ran out of days in November and were placed on a waiting ...
12/01/2019

Even though November is over, we had three come to us after we ran out of days in November and were placed on a waiting list for next year. Though these Servicemen and Women will be first to be shared next year, we decided we couldn't wait until next year and are honoring them this year.

This first nominee comes from Carolyn Watson Shepard for her father:

Staff Sargent Henry Robert Watson Sr. (everyone called him Bob) He moved to Plainville around 1952 to raise his family and died July 3rd 2004. Born in Attleboro July 9th 1922. He was a tail gunner on a Marauder B-26 bomber and flew over 65 missions in England, France, Germany and Normandy during D-Day. He was the recipient of the Air Medal with 12 Oak leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Unit Badge 9th Air Force, the European, African and Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four bronze stars and the Aerial Gunner Aviation Badge. The bomber he flew in was called the Mild N Bitter which flew over 100 missions with no loss of life. He did not speak of the war too often but before he died he recorded a tape for his daughter. He called it the “War Years” and in it he spoke of some of his missions and what life was like during those years. He was a disabled veteran as the planes were so cold he developed pneumonia and had to have surgery but his lungs were already damaged. Quite a feat back then and here is a blurb about this plane.

Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. First B-26 in the European Theater of Operations to complete 100 operational missions. This was accomplished on an afternoon raid on a Nazi airfield at Evreux/Fauville, southwest of Rouen, France, 9-May-44. She had flown her first mission on 23 July 1943. She did all this on her original engines, amassing a total of 449 hours and 30 minutes on them, 310 hours and 40 minutes of that in combat! During this time she never aborted due to mechanical failure, and not one of her many crewmen was a casualty. She was taken off operations after her 100th mission and flown back to the States to conduct a War Bond tour.

Carolyn Watson Shepard, Dennis Watson, Henry R Watson Jr (Skip)

We thank the Watson Family and their father Bob for his service and thank Carolyn for reaching out to us and for her wonderful write up.

If you would like to see yourself or a member of your family honored in this way please remember we take nominees all year long. Any nominees we receive during the year will be added to our Armed Services Album, then shared next November.

You can message or email the Plainville Historical Commission [email protected]
Be sure to include a photo and the name of the serviceman or woman, rank, branch, years of service, honors, war served, etc.

if you do not have a photo to share, but would still like to participate please send as much information as you feel comfortable providing.
Full credit will be given to you and your family for helping to honor members of the United States Armed Services during the Plainville Historical Commission’s Salute to Service November.
This is just our small way to thank and give back to all the men and women of the United States Armed services past, present, and future for all they do, have done, and continue to do to keep our country safe.
Thank You for your service.

As our friends in North Attleboro get ready to have their Annual Santa Parade, we thought we’d share photos from Plainvi...
12/01/2019

As our friends in North Attleboro get ready to have their Annual Santa Parade, we thought we’d share photos from Plainville’s own version of the parade, way back in 1957!
Have a great Parade North!!!
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We have sadly come to the end of the 2019 Plainville Historical Commission's Salute to Service in November. Today we are...
11/30/2019

We have sadly come to the end of the 2019 Plainville Historical Commission's Salute to Service in November. Today we are featuring two Plainville heroes from World War I and II. Both photos and nominees come from Ann Coleman honoring her husband Walter and father John.

Right: standing in his Uniform, we have John G. Bishop Bugler, World War I

Left: Walter Coleman, United States Navy, served on the USS Midway during World War II. Walter enlisted in the Navy at age 17 (his mother had to sign for him and she also picked up his High School Diploma as he had enough credits to finish school, but enlisted prior to graduation)

This year's Salute to Service has had a little bit of everything. We have honored and remembered those who have passed in the last year and we had some very special honorees of new Plainville heroes enlisting in the Armed Services.

Due to the fact we had some last-minute nominees, we have decided to extend Salute to Service by two days to ensure those nominees are honored.

Exactly One week from today Plainville will be hosting it’s annual Winter Festival, leading up to the the Tree Lighting ...
11/30/2019

Exactly One week from today Plainville will be hosting it’s annual Winter Festival, leading up to the the Tree Lighting and Bonfire. While we know everyone will be excited for the Market hosted by the Unlikely Story, we also hope you will take some time to visit the Humphrey House at 136 South Street.

Meet members of the Plainville Historical Commission, check out our awesome displays about Plainville’s history, learn how you can be involved in helping to protect Plainville’s Past, and as you can see in these photos you may be able to take some great Plainville memorabilia home with you for supporting the Historical Commission with a donation.

These calendars, Mugs, magnets, and ornaments are great gifts to share your Plainville Pride, just in time for the Holidays!!!

Remember Plainville’s Past does not belong only to a small group of people, it belongs to all that call Plainville Home.

Winter Festival Open House
Plainville’s Humphrey House
136 South St. Located next to old town hall.
Open from 11-4
December 7th

We are nearing the end of the 2019 Plainville Historical Commission Salute to Service. For today’s honoree(s) we have th...
11/29/2019

We are nearing the end of the 2019 Plainville Historical Commission Salute to Service.

For today’s honoree(s) we have the Bethel Brothers! Jim (left) served in US Army during the Korean War, then later proudly served on the Burial Detail as part of the Rhode Island National Honor Guard. Sadly, Jim passed away in August of this year. His brother David (right) enlisted in the Navy in 1955 and served on the U.S.S Hornet (CVA-12), he lives locally and his daughter, Keely is a member of the Plainville Historical Commission.

We thank both Jim and David for their service!

If you would like to see yourself or a member of your family honored in this way please message or email the Plainville Historical Commission [email protected]

Be sure to include a photo and the name of the serviceman or woman, rank, branch, years of service, honors, war served, etc.
if you do not have a photo to share, but would still like to participate please send as much information as you feel comfortable providing.

Full credit will be given to you and your family for helping to honor members of the United States Armed Services during the Plainville Historical Commission’s Salute to Service November.

This is just our small way to thank and give back to all the men and women of the United States Armed services past, present, and future for all they do, have done, and continue to do to keep our country safe.

Thank You for your service.

For some, dinner is getting closer. The turkey or other thanksgiving dinner is in the oven, for others you may be slippi...
11/28/2019

For some, dinner is getting closer. The turkey or other thanksgiving dinner is in the oven, for others you may be slipping into a post turkey coma and preparing for dessert. Either way, we had to share these adorable photos recently digitized of various Jackson School kids visiting @plimothplantation in the early 80s! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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The Plainville Historical Commission would just like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. The Historical Commis...
11/28/2019

The Plainville Historical Commission would just like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. The Historical Commission is very grateful for all the support of the community. We are able to care for and share Plainville’s unique and awesome history with the world because of your support and encouragement. We are so very Thankful to call Plainville home and thankful for all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

It’s Thanksgiving morning and we all know what that means! High School Football rivalries!! Today at 10, King Philip tak...
11/28/2019

It’s Thanksgiving morning and we all know what that means! High School Football rivalries!! Today at 10, King Philip takes on Franklin. While the Warriors of KP take on the Panthers of Franklin we look share some photos of both Plainville’s Packers and King Philip’s Warriors and Chiefs and the cheerleading crews of both!!
Happy Thanksgiving morning everyone, Go KP!!
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