The Ostbys


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After careful searching, I could not find a thread for the family. It was no surprise that Englehart decided on Providence, Rhode Island- which was the jewelry capital of the nation up until the mid 1970's. Much costume jewelry was made here (such as Corot) and the famous silver company, Gorham's is to a certain extend, still in business. I plan to pass by Mr. Otsby's old empire at #2 Barton Place on Saturday to see what is left. About ten years ago, I visited the deluxe Providence residential hotel where Miss Helen spent her last days, and spoke with a dapper old gentleman who knew her. He recalled her as being feisty and full of vitality to the end. It must have been a wonderful large family.
http://www.revdma2.com/forgetmenot.html will take you to Swan Point Cemetery to visit the Otsby family.
 
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Friday I went to visit the site of Mr. Ostby's company in Providence- Maiden Lane and Barton Place have been restructured over the years in downtown Providence and now the site is no longer on a through street. His glorious Cooke Street mansion is still standing and photographs do not do it justice. The home is very grand indeed and I pictured the dapper Englehart passing through this magnificent portal for the last time, never knowing it would be his last glimpse of home.
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Miss Helen, in her old age did not move too far from the homestead. Wayland Manor is but one avenue over and 4 blocks east. I enjoyed meeting one of her friends who had known her well and was also a resident here about 9 years ago. He remembered her as very "feisty and strong-willed" to the end. I recently learned that a cousin, Mr. Raymond Ostby died about a year and a half ago.
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