50 Years Ago February, 1967

By Jim Ignasher

By the late 1960s, educational campaigns designed to alert young people to the dangers of cigarettes were instituted all across the country. Three Smithfield High School students, Charles Campbell, Albert LaGreca, and Adrianne Rothstein, attended a special youth conference on smoking held at Rhode Island Junior College, (Today known as C.C. R. I.). Afterwards, the three were to show a film and present what they learned at a special assembly to be held at the junior high school on Feb. 15.

On Feb. 10, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Greenville sponsored a talk by Dr. Wayne Artis of the Rhode Island Council of Churches who lectured about World Prayer Day. The public was invited.

It was also on Feb. 10 that a meeting of the Smithfield Citizens Scholarship Foundation took place to plan a fundraising tag sale for National Scholarship Week in April.

On Feb. 11 the Smithfield Elks Lodge held a Valentines Day dance.

“The Swinging Squares” square dance club of Greenville held their 2nd anniversary dance.

On the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12, 24 boy scouts from Troop 3 in Greenville camped out at Quaddick State Park in Connecticut. As luck would have it, temperatures dipped to 2 below zero, but the youths persevered. The troop was led by Scoutmaster Eugene Houle.

A meeting of the Esmond Cub Scout troop took place at the (former) Esmond Recreation Center, and three Cub Scouts received awards. Benjamin Greene was presented with his Wolf Badge, while Scotte Cecil and James Ferguson were awarded silver and gold arrows respectively.

On Feb. 16, the Smithfield Jaycees hosted a “Pass the Stein” competition at the (former) Club 44, where various clubs would compete for cash prizes. The event was sponsored by Narragansett Beer, and open to all men 21 to 35.

The Smithfield men had won the competition in 1965.

On Feb. 18, the pop song “Kind Of A Drag” by The Buckinghams reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts thereby replacing “I’m A Believer” by The Monkees.

Daniel Latham, of the Wionkhiege Valley Farm on Log Road was offering sleigh rides

Air Force Master Sergeant Asahel H. Thornton of Greenville was serving with the Pacific Air Forces in Vietnam. M/Sgt. Thornton had also served in World War II and the Korean War.

Wesley P. Wyatt of Esmond left for basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois.

Air Force cadet Stephen S. Wyman of Esmond was named “element leader” with the rank of 1st lieutenant at the U.S. Air Force Academy for his leadership abilities and academic performance.

Frederick J. Stephenson, Jr., of Greenville, was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy after his graduation from Officers Candidate School in Newport.

On Feb. 23, the East Smithfield Homemakers Club met at the Esmond Recreation Hall to make Rhode Island rooster souvenirs to be given at the National Homemakers Convention.