Of Rhode Island, Michigan and Vermont
Size: 1.5 linear feet
Catalog number: MSS 102
Processed by: Andrew Boisvert and Rick Stattler, May 1998
©Rhode Island Historical Society
Evelyn Estella Sutcliffe was born February 5, 1897 in Lincoln, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of Roger Sutcliffe and Ida Britton. Her mother Ida (Britton) Sutcliffe remarried to accountant Robert B. Hough in 1903. She had a stepsister named Marion Hough. The family moved to the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Providence in 1909, where Evelyn attended the Academy Avenue School and graduated from Technical High School in 1915. She worked at the Providence Telephone Company circa 1916 to 1919. Evelyn married Casimir A. Wosko in September 1921, possibly in Detroit, Michigan, where Casimir was working. It was not until late 1924 that she left Providence to live with him in Newport, Vermont. Circa 1953, she and Casimir retired in East Providence, R.I., next door to her widowed mother. She remained in East Providence through at least 1986. Evelyn E. Wosko died October 23, 1995 in Manchester, New Hampshire at the age of 98. She is buried in Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Casimir Andrew Wosko was born January 19, 1896 in Massachusetts to Polish immigrant parents: weaver Henryk A. and Julia Wosko. He had siblings named Victor, Walter and Anna. He attended Academy Avenue School in Providence, R.I. and graduated circa 1915 from a Polish-American institution, the Saint Cyrillus and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1916, and was stationed at Fort Wright, New York and College Station, Texas, serving until 1918. After his discharge, he went to work for the Dupont Co. in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He moved to New Bedford, Mass. in May 1920 and then to Indian Orchard, Mass. in September of 1920, where he was employed by Indian Motorcycle Company. He passed a Civil Service exam in October 1920 and was sworn in as a immigration inspector for the U.S. Department of Labor in December 1920. He was initially stationed at Detroit, where he was probably married in 1921. He was transferred to the border station in Newport, Vermont in September of 1923, and remained there until at least 1951, when he retired to East Providence, R.I. Casimir A. Wosko died May 19, 1958 in East Providence, Rhode Island.
RI Cemetery Transcription Project, compiled by John Sterling
RI Birth Records Index, 1890 - 1900
1910 RI Census
Providence City Directories, 1910, 1920, 1925
1958 East Providence City Directory
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Scope and content:
The bulk of this collection consists of letters received by Evelyn E. Sutcliffe from her courtship and early marriage to Casimir A. Wosko (before 1924), and from her mother Ida Hough (after 1924). There is also correspondence between Evelyn and her aunts, sister and friends, and between Casimir and his brothers and sister. There are also letters between Evelyn and her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law. The letters discuss daily weather conditions, social news, work, health and travel in Rhode Island, Michigan and Vermont. The frequent letters from Evelyn's mother are particularly detailed in their descriptions of daily life in the Riverside neighborhood of East Providence after 1925.
There are also two diaries written by Evelyn E. Sutcliffe, covering from January 1, 1915 to March 21, 1916. There is also a page which has a June 4 entry no year, but the stationary indicates that it could be from about 1919 because this was when Evelyn worked for the Providence Telephone Co. The diary entries discuss Evelyn's trips to the movies by trolley, her relationship with Casimir, and Providence social events. The first smaller diary also contains her address book.
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The bulk of this collection was purchased from Veronica Owen in March of 1992. About fifty additional letters were donated by collector Thomas E. Greene later that month.
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Folder 1- 1903, 1905, 1906, 1913-1915
Includes first letter from Casimir Wosko, 1914.
Folder 2- 1916-1918
Includes chatty letter from friend Lily Balfour re work at Providence Telephone Company, 4/24/1916; invitation by the Mount Pleasant Working Girls Club to the opening of the Nickerson House, Providence, 1917; letters from Casimir in Army bases in Fort Wright, N.Y. and College Station, Texas, 1916-1918.
Folder 3 - 1919
Includes ten letters from Casimir in Bridgeport, Conn.; discusses the Dupont Co.
Folder 4 - 1920
Includes letters from Casimir in New Bedford re doing some mysterious "sort of propaganda work which takes in all seven days...this outfit becomes involved with the labor difficulties of its clients, so that the work is somewhat different than it is in ordinary times", 5/20/1920; and re being sworn in as an immigration inspector for the ferry docks between Windsor and Detroit, 12/27/1920
Folder 5 - January - June 1921
Includes letters from Casimir 1/12/1921 re possibility of marriage as soon as he can be transferred to Boston; 2/27/1921 re the IWW: "Did you know your fellow was a I.W.W.? Well he is. He belongs to the Federal Employees Union which is connected with the A.F. of L... you see it's sort of a case where you have to belong."; 5/18/1921 re the Russian, Polish and Jewish illegal immigrants he helps deport, who he finds generally "a low sort who would do this country a lot of harm."
Folder 6 - June - December 1921
Includes letters from Casimir 9/10/1921 (first letter after wedding); and 9/22/1921 re Wosko family’s reaction to their marriage
Folder 7 - January - June 1922
Folder 8 - July - December 1922
Folder 9 - January - June 1923
Folder 10 - July - December 1923
Folder 11 - January - June 1924
Folder 12 - July - December 1924
Folder 13 - January - June 1925
Folder 14 - July - December 1925
Includes first letter from sister Marion after family move to Riverside, 11/17/1925.
Folder 15 - January - June 1926
Folder 16- July - December 1926
Folder 17 - January - June 1927
Folder 18 - July - December 1927
Folder 19 - January - June 1928
Folder 20 - July - December 1928
Folder 21 - 1929
Folder 22 - 1930
Folder 23 - 1931
Folder 24 - 1932
Folder 25 - 1933
Folder 26 - 1934
Folder 27 - 1935
Folder 28 - 1936
Folder 29 - 1937
Folder 30 - 1938
Folder 31 - 1939
Folder 32 - 1940
Folder 33 - 1941
Includes letters discussing defense stamps and anxiety over war, 12/1941.
Folder 34 - 1944
Folder 35 - 1945
Includes letter from sister Marion, 8/22/1945: "Things look pretty bad at Raytheon - they had made no plans at all for reconversion and already have fired hundreds of workers."
Folder 36 - 1946
Folder 37 - 1947
Includes letters concerning the death of Evelyn’s stepfather
Folder 38 - 1949, 1951, 1957
Folder 39 - undated material
Folder 40 - Diaries - 1915, 1916 and [1919?] (loose undated page)
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Diaries - 1915-1916
East Providence, R.I. - Social life and customs
Emigration and immigration
Hough, Ida (Britton) (Sutcliffe)
Polish Americans - Vermont
Providence, R.I. - Social life and customs
United States. Department of Labor - Officials and employees
Vermont - Social life and customs
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1941-1945
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