Laura Russel CHAFEE

Laura Russel CHAFEE

Female 1899 - 1975  (75 years)

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  • Name Laura Russel CHAFEE 
    Born 28 Apr 1899  Bristol, Bristol Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Mar 1975  Natick, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Woodland Cemetery, Washington & Knotty Oak Sts., Coventry, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00005  Sorensen-Remington Family Tree
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2018 

    Father Frank Paine CHAFEE,   b. 4 Jan 1874, Bristol, Bristol Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1955, Jacumba, San Diego Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth ANDREWS,   b. 13 Nov 1870, Lymansville, North Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1959, Sunland, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 17 Jul 1896  Bristol, Bristol Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F00035  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Chester Philip REMINGTON, Sr.,   b. 10 Feb 1894, Anthony Village, Coventry, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1948, Providence, Providence Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1917  Coventry, Kent Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • They were married on Laura's eighteenth birthday. Chester was 23.
    Children 
     1. Norman Chester REMINGTON,   b. 6 Aug 1918, Coventry, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 2007, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Raymond Chafee Remington,   b. 24 Oct 1919, Coventry, Kent Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 2016, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     3. Russel Philip Remington,   b. 20 Oct 1921, Coventry, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1943, El Guettar, Tunisia, North Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     4. Elliott Lee Remington,   b. 24 Mar 1923, Coventry, Kent Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1982, Kingston, Washington Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     5. Chester Philip Remington, Jr.,   b. 15 Oct 1926, Coventry, Kent Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 2001, Marblehead, Essex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Richard Allen Remington,   b. 17 Jan 1931  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F00024  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos

    My grandma as a young girl; not a great photo but the only one I have at that age.

    Sisters Laura and Ruth Chafee; they were born about a year and a half apart. My grandma is on the steps; Ruth is standing on the grass.

    My grandma Laura is seated on the left with the striped tie, next to sister Ruth, with their mom "Mamie" in the back. The boy is their bro Charlie, and the tall woman apparently is a friend. Maybe Rocky Point, c1915?

    My grandparents, Chet and Laura (Chafee) Remington, c1917.
    Grandma Remington
    Grandma Remington

    Chafee four-generations: Laura (Chafee) Remington with Norman, Frank Paine Chafee, and Samuel Russel Chafee.

    The family home off Knotty Oak Rd. was called The Linden Farm because the driveway was lined with linden trees. The driveway is a small dead-end street now, with just a few houses on it. Some of the farm fields are still open areas.


    All that was left of the house after the fire.

    The family lived in a shanty on the property. That's probably my grandma going in the door.

    My two grandmothers -- Grandma Berry and Grandma Remington, 1941

    Remington family 1942

    Four-star Mom during WWII; one son gave his life

    1945

    Elliott, Laura and Chet, Norman, and Richard

    Aunt Fran, Grandma Remington, and my mom Edna, 1945

    Norman and Edna with their two mothers, Laura and Ellen

    My grandma c1948


    "Mamie" and Laura with Becky Hubbard, Ruth's youngest, c1949? Everyone looks so happy!

    Four generations, 1954

    Easter 1957, Norman's and Raymond's families with Grandma

    My Grandma Remington and Mom Remington, June 1966.

    Remington cousins with Grandma c1967


    Birthday celebration at Wayside Inn, 1970, with grandson Keith Remington looking on

    Remington brothers with mom -- 1970

    Grandma Laura Remington with Lois and Rich, 1974, at our first apartment

    Wedding invitation, Chester and Laura's wedding, 28 April 1917. My grandma was married on her 18th birthday.

  • Notes 
    • I have very happy memories of my grandmother, which is one reason why I named my older daughter after her. We would often visit her on Heath Avenue in Warwick. Once I even got to spend the night with her. The next day we walked a couple of miles to the shopping center across from Aldrich Junior High. I wanted to buy some doll clothes, but she said, "I can make those for you, Dear." And she did -- beautiful ones, for our baby dolls and grown-up dolls. She did lovely embroidery, too, which she gave as gifts in the form of pillows, table and bed linens, and framed pictures. In later years, when she moved to Ashland, MA, we would usually ride up to see her on Sunday afternoons. After I learned to drive, one summer day I borrowed my dad's car and drove up there with my cousin Barbara, and we took her to the seashore for lunch. Another time I rolled her hair up for her. In the early 1970s, Rich and I would drop in on her, and get her talking about the old days. Once she got started, the stories followed one after another. She'd get out the photographs, laugh about this or that event, and often give her opinion in no uncertain terms. More than once she said she had married too young, on her 18th birthday. But I'm glad she did, because my dad was born a little over a year later, the first of six sons. What a life! I'm sure her marriage, and her whole life, had its ups and downs. At one point their farmhouse burned down, and the family had to move into a little shanty for a while. My grandparents certainly set an example of hard work and determination for generations to follow. While I never met my grandfather, I know he was proud of his children and grandchildren. My grandmother was very much a part of our family, and I only wish she had lived to be a part of the lives of my children, too.

      I have copies of Laura's birth, marriage, and death certificates, plus a copy of the page from the 1900 Census at Bristol which shows her family when Laura was one year old. Also, her gravestone has been photographed.

      The birth record at Bristol says she is the second child born to Frank & Mary Chafee.

  • Sources 
    1. [S013406] Bristol Births, Vol. 2, 193.

    2. [S013283] Bristol Marriages 1850 - 1902, p. 213.

    3. [S012488] Coventry Town Records.