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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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8 CUMBERLAND MAY 23-29, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Nine months later, readers of the Evening Times of Pawtucket would get a glimpse of life with the French squadron. "Hometown man is 'rocked and buffeted by wind, his machine is threatened with destruction over battle line in France,'" the October 1917 headline read. Historians disagree slightly but generally count 209 American men who completed their French flight training to serve at the front. Fifty-nine are said to have died in com- bat and six more in training accidents. The monument that remembers this local man was installed some 80 years ago by his sister, Margaret Stearns, and had stood barely noticed for years. "It was always kind of neglected," Tramontana said. "Always in just such a sad state." Over the years, he said, the North Cumberland Fire Department had added flagpoles and its own monu- ment to firefighters, partially obscur- ing the Stearns marker and two urns that flank it. Flowers haven't been planted there in years, Tramontana said. So just in time for Memorial Day next week, and with permission of the Cumberland Fire Committee, the marker was relocated to a promi- nent location at the nearby Arnold Mills Community House property. Tramontana serves on the communi- ty house board of directors, a facility donated by Russell's sister Margaret a few years after Russell's death. Large evergreen plantings were installed this month to dress up the monument, as well as flowers in the urns. Russell Stearns, born 1896, had grown up in Pawtucket with his older sister Margaret and younger brother Henry, children of Walter Stearns and Abigail Harris Stearns. As tod- dlers they lived on Walnut Street, according to the 1900 census, and by 1910 were living on Summit Street. A look at their mother's family tree finds familiar Arnold Mills fam- ily names – Razee, Peck, Metcalf, Whipple, Cook, and Ballou – dating back many generations. There were industrialists, inventors, and military men, all descendants of Isaac Stearns who came to America in 1630. The children's grandfather, Henry Augustus Stearns, founded the firm still known as Stearns and Foster Co. in Ohio, and was vice presi- dent and superintendent of Union Wadding Co. in Pawtucket. Their uncle, Charles Falconer Stearns, sat on the Rhode Island Supreme Court bench and served briefly as lieutenant governor. Stearns' first name reflected gen- erations of family members: Russell was the last name of his fourth great- grandfather Jason Russell, born 1716, who was killed by the British on retreat from Lexington.The Falconer name dated back to the 17th century in Scotland where John Falconer, a seventh great-grandfather, was master of the mint in Edinburgh and relates to keepers of falcons for the king. It was April of 1917 when Stearns left school to travel to France. Assigned first to the American Ambulance Corps, two months later he enlisted in France's Service Aeronautique. He processed through the aviation, aerobatic, and gunnery training pipeline at the Avord school. He was assigned to the French Escadrille SPA 150 in Group de Combat 16. He flew several combat patrols and escorted bombers over Alsace-Lorraine. Stearns' World War I registration card, filed in Pawtucket in May 1918, confirms his early-bird involvement in the war. Where it asks for his employment, he listed himself as a corporal with the French Airabon Service of the French Army for the past 18 months. And where was he employed? "At the front," Stearns' answer reads on the form. Information about his short ser- vice career is contained in at least two early 1920s volumes that detail the lives of America's first wartime aviators:"The Lafayette Flying Corps," edited by James Norman Hall and Charles Bernard Nordhoff, and "New England Aviators, 1914- 1918," by Lawrence Lowell. "The Lafayette Flying Corps" con- firm what readers of the Pawtucket Times would later surmise. STEARNS From Page One Continues on next page TRAMONTANA HEATH KIEON, left, and JOSH DIDICK, of Total Lawn & Landscape, transporting Stearns' memorial stone on their Toro Dingo on May 9. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Michael's Meats Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, May 23 RD -Wednesday, May 29 TH , 2019 Find out what's on sale at CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. FResh PRODUce FROM OUR Deli 79 ¢ lb. $ 3 .99 ea. 99 ¢ ea. $ 1 .99 ea. Sweet Vidalia onionS whole SeedleSS watermelon Florida Sweet corn large hot houSe tomatoeS $ 3 .99 lb. FreShly Sliced, land o'laKeS american cheeSe $ 9 .98 lb. 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