Picture of Fran, Stephie & Davie Quonset Point RI 1972 taken by Al
Prejudices By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy Jan 1972 - Aug 1974
Stephanie had gone to school on base at Quonset Point. The Navy closed Quonset down because the people in the area were so prejudiced against military families.
The locals doubled the rent for Navy families and that’s why the Navy built so much housing and trailer parks. They had schools for the children on base so they would not have to experience the prejudices at the local schools.
Al had a part time job off base at a speed shop. That’s how we were managing to get caught up from the expenses of living in Denver after the Navy changed his orders. When the Navy moved us across the bay, he had to quit his job because it was too far and there was the $1 each way toll on the bridge.
The police in the Quonset area started targeting military personnel. They got tickets for speeding even though they were not speeding.
One lady at Quonset accused Stephie (age 5) of burning a house down. Thank God she was in the hospital having her tonsils out when it happened. She definitely had an alibi.
The district’s congressman told the locals that if they did not quit mistreating the Navy personnel, the Navy was going to close the base. Their answer was to elect someone else to congress. The Navy closed the base. They lost over a thousand jobs.
Al could not work a second job on Newport Island because the mob controlled the docks. They threatened him - if they ever caught him working on anyone’s electronics there they would kill him. We filed bankruptcy.
Stephie’s teacher in Newport was prejudiced against Navy children. We had to threaten to sue the school district to get them to treat Stephie without prejudice.
Good did come out of it - our children hate prejudices of any kind now.
At Quonset you really never had to leave the base. Everything we needed was there except for the part time job.
At Newport there was a hospital, commissary and exchange. There was no base schools and no base housing. The people who rented apartments and houses did not gouge military personnel. The police did not target us. It would have been perfect except that Stephanie had a teacher who was prejudice and the mob controlled the docks.
There was a fuel shortage in RI every winter and every one had to ration their fuel. We had a very efficient system where we lived but we had a friend who was not so lucky. She always ran out of fuel about a week before she could get more and would come and stay with us for close to a week - usually in December, January, February and March when it was the coldest (down to –10 degrees with –30 degree chill factor).
The reason RI had this heating fuel shortage was they would not allow the fuel companies to put storage tanks anywhere in RI because it would mess up their scenery.
RI had the best sailing and fishing of any place we ever lived. That’s probably why it was tolerable. We also found that if we went up around Providence that the Italians there were extremely friendly and nice.
We bought a station wagon up there for $150 after we filed bankruptcy. The family that sold us the car invited us into their home while they did the paperwork. They fed us wonderful Italian food and were delightful to visit with. It took us 3 hours to break away and go home. Now that’s about as friendly as you can get.
We bought a co-hog boat, motor and trailer for $100. The axles fell of the trailer as we put the boat in the water. We had to keep a tube of caulking to fill the leaks every time we went fishing. We went fishing in Narragansett bay for a year before the boat sank at the pier during an extremely hard rain. We sold the motor for $75.
After we moved to Newport, we bought a small sailboat and used it every time the weather permitted. We rented an O’Day 24-foot sloop and sailed out to the Elisabeth Islands and to the islands off Massachusetts.
We were on our boat watching the America’s cup races the year Dennis O'Conner lost the cup.
So RI was not all bad. But the part that was bad left me with a bad taste for the state.
1 Tim 5:21 I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.
Exo 23:1-3 "You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. "You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice. "You shall not show partiality to a poor man in his dispute.
Prov 18:5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Prov 28:21-22 To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress. A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.
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