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-Assorted Old-Time Photo's (And New-Time Photo's) Of The Coutu's, Benoit's, Family And Friends-

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There are currently as of April 16, 2011, Eighty-Two photo's on this page.

Four new photo's were added in August 2008 of my grandfather, William Benoit and my great-grandfather, Cleophas Benoit on my mother's side of the family. These photo's were given to me in August 2008 by my late uncle, Norman R. Benoit. Norman was the son of William Benoit and Alice (Dessert) Benoit and the grandson of Cleophas and Olive (Charpentier) Benoit.

Below are some early miscellaneous photo's I thought you might find interesting courtesy of myself, my cousins Felix "Buzz" Coutu III, Bruce Eastman and my uncle Norman Benoit. Additional photo's come from  various relatives and friends including myself of those pertaining to me.

I believe most of the people have been correctly identified in the photo's. If you think any of the captions are in error, please, DO NOT HESITATE to contact me and I will fix accordingly.

Please note the photo's are not in any particular order... it's like a "grab-bag" or a "smorgishbord".

Please feel free to save any or all photo's onto your computer. They are not copyrighted... even though some may appear to be.

SPECIAL BONUS! In addition to the photo's I thought I would include some Father & Son Cafe relics  (souvenirs). You'll find them near the bottom of this page. Presently there are 3... a combination bottle and can opener, a 1943 monthly calendar and a thermometer. About two-thirds the way down you will find a replica (3 photo's) of a Father & Son Cafe typical food menu.

If anyone has any additional "Father & son Cafe" relics, please forward to me and I will make sure they are added.

SO HERE WE GO AND I HOPE YOU ENJOY!

Richard A. Coutu - Author Of THe "Coutu Family Pages"
Creator Of This Site: Richard A. Coutu
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Apponaug Old Timers 2011 Logo Blue And Gold Shown
NOTE: Click On Image For A Larger View.
2011 Preliminary Design For Apponaug "Old Timers" Logo. NOTE: Logo Colors Are Subject To Change. Color(s) To Be Chosen At A Later Time. Created Using Corel DRAW X.
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Apponaug Old Timers 2011 Mug With Blue And Gold Logo Shown On White Background
Apponaug "Old Timers" 2011 Gift. NOTE: Gold Blue Logo On White Mug Shown. Handle To Left. Facsimile Of Mug Shown. NOTE: May Not Be Exactly As Shown.
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Apponaug Old Timers 2011 Mug With Blue And Gold Logo Shown On White Background
Apponaug "Old Timers" 2011 Gift. NOTE: Gold Blue Logo On White Mug Shown. Handle To Right. Facsimile Of Mug Shown. NOTE: May Not Be Exactly As Shown.
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Genealogy Business Card
My Virtual Genealogy Business Card
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40 Gertrude As Of September 9 2010
40 Gertrude Avenue As Of September 9 2010.
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Proposed Re-Routing Of Main Avenue
Proposed Re-Routing Of Main Avenue.
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Artist Rendering Of Proposed 40 Gertrude Avenue.
Artist Rendering Of Proposed 40 Gertrude Avenue.
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Retirement Party For Paul E. Coutu Jr.
Retirement Party For Paul E. Coutu Jr.
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Carol's Retirement Party Invitation
Retirement Party For Carol Coutu After 47 Plus Years Of Dedicated Service - Kent County Memorial Hospital.
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Portriat Of Carol Coutu - Kent County Memorial Hospital
Portrait Of Carol Coutu In Nursery At Kent County Memorial Hospital.
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Apponaug "Old-Timers" Twenty-Fifth Anniversary
Apponaug "Old-Timers" Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Logo
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Apponaug 25TH Old Timers Ribbon
Apponaug "Old-Timers" Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Ribbon. Courtesy of Major James M. Wilson, Honorary Deputy State Fire Marshall, State Of Rhode Island
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Apponaug 25TH Old Timers Souvenier
Apponaug "Old-Timers" Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Souvenier Nylon Tote Bag
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Apponaug 25TH Old Timers Pin
Apponaug "Old-Timers" Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Pin. Courtesy of Major James M. Wilson, Honorary Deputy State Fire Marshall, State Of Rhode Island
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Apponaug 25TH Old Timers Place Mat
Apponaug "Old-Timers" Twenty-Fifth Table Place Mat. Courtesy of Major James M. Wilson, Honorary Deputy State Fire Marshall, State Of Rhode Island
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The Benoit Family. Circa. 1920's
The Benoit Family on my Mom's Side. Standing (Left To Right): Laurianne (My Mom), Gerard, Edgar and Lionel. Sitting: William, Norman and Alice.Circa. 1920's.
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Norman R. Benoit Confirmation
Norman R. Benoit. I believe this may be a photo of his Confirmation. Courtesy: Sevigny Studios, West Warwick, R.I.
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Norman Richard Benoit Circa 1990's
Uncle Norman Richard Benoit. January 31, 1918 - August 11, 2009.
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Norman At THe Organ
Norman At The Organ
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David Coutu & Stacy's (Patt) Wedding
Stacy Patt and my nephew David Coutu Wedding Invitation... July 3 2009 (1 OF 3).
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David Coutu & Stacy's (Patt) Wedding
Stacy Patt and my nephew David Coutu Wedding Invitation... July 3 2009 (2 OF 3).
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David Coutu & Stacy's (Patt) Wedding
Stacy Patt and my nephew David Coutu Wedding Invitation... July 3 2009 (3 OF 3).
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The Coutu Family... Circa. 1954
Bill, Paul E. Jr., Dick And Bob Coutu. Circa 1954.
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Babe Ruth Baseball Team Photo... 1965
Babe Ruth Baseball Team Photo... 1965
Handy`s Crest Nursing Home. ca. 1965. Left To Right Kneeling: John Kane, That`s Me, Kneeling Front And Center And Arthur Butts. Standing Left To Right: John Lytle, Next Person Is Unknown (Or, I Just Can't Remember), Mark Luckhurst And Steven Furness.  NOTE: Steven Furness, Standing, Far Right, Former NFL Player And Four-Time Superbowl Star For The Pittsburgh Steelers From 1972 To 1980. Born: December 5 1950 and Died: February 9 2000.
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Coutu Family Homestead
Photo Of 40 Gertrude Avenue Homestead. This Was Done Using A 3D Mechancial  CAD Software Program Called "Solidworks". Circa. January 2007.
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Elmer Eastman... Husband Of Beatrice D. (Coutu) Eastman.
Elmer Eastman... Husband Of Beatrice D. (Coutu) Eastman.
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Beatrice D. (Coutu) Eastman Wife Of Elmer Eastman ca. 2000's.
Beatrice D. (Coutu) Eastman Wife Of Elmer Eastman ca. 2000's.
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Beatrice D. (Coutu) Eastman As A Young Woman.
Beatrice D. (Coutu) Eastman As A Young Woman.
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From left to right are: Paul Coutu, Henry Moorehead and Wilbrod Coutu
Father & Sons Cafe in 1937. One of Warwick's most famous cafes was  operated by the Coutu family. From left to right are: Paul Coutu, Henry Moorehead and Wilbrod Coutu.
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Beatrice (Coutu) Eastman, Pete Coutu (center) and Felix "Buzz" Coutu
A family of workers at the Father & Sons. Beatrice (Coutu) Eastman, Pete Coutu (center) and Felix "Buzz" Coutu at work in the kitchen of the Father  & Sons Cafe in the 1930's
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Paul "Emile" Coutu and unidentified waitress
UPDATED: April 29, 2012: A photo of my dad Paul "Emile" Coutu and Myra Monahan taken sometime in the 1930's.
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Austin was used to advertise for the Father & Sons Cafe
Main Street, Apponaug in 1935. The Austin was used to advertise for the Father & Sons Cafe. It was owned by Felix Coutu who also owned the Father & Sons Cafe. NOTE: The cat in the rear window is not real.
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Cousin Bob Dennis, Bill, Dick, Nephew Adam, Cousin Maxine (Coutu) Dennis, Paul And Bob
From Left To Right: Cousin Bob, Bill, Me, Nephew Adam, Cousin Maxine Paul And Bob. Date Unknown.
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Maxine (Coutu) And Bob Dennis On Their Wedding Day - January 6, 1962.
Maxine (Coutu) And Bob Dennis On Their Wedding Day - January 6, 1962.
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Maxine "Max" Dennis - Freedomvillage.net
Maxine "Max" Dennis Quit Smoking On Thursday, April 28, 2005. Please Visit: http://www.freedomvillage.net/130.htm#maxine_max_dennis For The Entire Article.
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A Birthday Gathering At The Coutu Home
Birthday Gathering At The Coutu Home Above The Former Father & Son Restaurant Sometime In 1946-47. 1ST Row (L-R): Ronnie Clifford, Billy Gosselin And Felix "Buzz" Coutu III. 2ND Row (L-R):
Connie Clifford And "Unknown". 3RD Row (L-R): "Unknown", Kenny Clifford And Carol Gosselin. Note: This Photo Was Taken On The Back Porch Above The Father & Son Restaurant.
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Kenneth Clifford. January 1 2008.
Kenneth Clifford. January 1 2008.
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Ronald Clifford. January 1 2008.
Ronald Clifford. January 1 2008.
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Felix Coutu II Riding On The Famous Budweiser Clysdales
Felix Coutu II Riding On The Famous Budweiser Clysdales Heading West Through Apponaug. R.I. During The Summer Of 1953 Or 1954.

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Felix "Buzz" Coutu III Taken At The Former Rocky Point Park
A Photo Of Felix "Buzz" Coutu III Taken At The Former Rocky Point Park in Warwick, R.I. During The Summer Of 1953.
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A Navy Photo Of Felix "Buzz" Coutu II Taken Sometime During 1944.
A Navy Photo Of Felix "Buzz" Coutu II Taken Sometime During 1944.
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My Parent's (Paul E. Coutu And Laurianne S. Benoit) Wedding Day... September 7, 1942
A Collage Of My Parent's (Paul E. Coutu And Laurianne S. Benoit) Wedding Day... September 7, 1942.
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My Mother... Laurianne S. (Coutu) Benoit... September 7, 1942.
My Mother... Laurianne S. (Coutu) Benoit... September 7, 1942.
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My Father... Paul E. Coutu As A Young Man ... Circa 1930's.
My Father... Paul E. Coutu As A Young Man ... Circa 1930's.
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Paul "Emile" Coutu Sr. And Laurianne (Benoit) Coutu ca. 1940's.
Paul "Emile" Coutu Sr. And Laurianne (Benoit) Coutu ca. 1940's.
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Paul "Emile" Coutu Sr. And Laurianne (Benoit) Coutu ca. 1940's.
Leo Coutu And Helen (Pettigrew) Coutu ca. 1940's.
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Roland Coutu And Germaine (La Fleur) Coutu ca. 1940's.
Roland Coutu And Germaine (La Fleur) Coutu ca. 1940's.
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Germaine (La Fleur) Coutu Wife Of Roland Coutu.
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Felix Coutu I And Albertine (Potvin) Coutu ca. 1940's.
Felix Coutu I And Albertine (Potvin) Coutu ca. 1940's.
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My Grandparents... Albertine (Potvin) And Felix Coutu I.
Albertine (Potvin) And Felix Coutu I.
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Various People Including Relatives And Friends
OK! Let's Take A Shot At This One And Hope I'm Half Right. Two Are Unknown. 2ND Row Standing (L-R): Albertine Coutu (Potvin), Helene "Aunt Dolly" Coutu (Nemeth), Laurianne Coutu (Benoit), Wilbrod  "Fats" Coutu, Unknown, Aunt Alice Coutu (McKenna) And Felix  Coutu I. Oh! B.T.W.; The Young Gentleman Standing In The Very Front Is Anybody's Guess!
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Alice C. McKenna... Wife Of Wilbrod Coutu.
Alice C. McKenna... Wife Of Wilbrod Coutu.
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Wilbrod Coutu... Husband Of Alice C. McKenna.
Wilbrod Coutu... Husband Of Alice C. McKenna.
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Leo Coutu. Father & Son Restaurant. Circa 1975.
Leo Coutu. Father & Son Restaurant. Circa 1975.
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Old Father & Son Restaurant Menu Circa. 1960's - Front Cover
Old Father & Son Restaurant Menu (1 OF 3)
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Old Father & Son Restaurant Menu Circa. 1960's - Inside Left Cover
Old Father & Son Restaurant Menu (2 OF 3)
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Old Father & Son Restaurant Menu Circa. 1960's - Inside Right Cover
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The Coutu Family on my Dad's Side
-The Coutu Family-
The Coutu Family on my Dad's Side. Standing (Left To Right): Roland, Ferninand, Emile, Germaine, Felix, Leo And Wilbrod. Sitting (Middle Row): Felix Sr., Beatrice, Raymond, Rita And Albertine. Sitting (Front Row): Yvaine and Claudette. Circa. 1920's.
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The Coutu Brothers As Young Billiard Players. Circa. 1920's.
The Coutu Brothers As Young Billiard Players. Circa. 1920's.
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Albertine Potvin... Sister Of Moise Potvin
Albertine Potvin... Sister Of Moise Potvin.
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Moise Potvin... Brother Of Albertine Potvin
Moise Potvin... Brother Of Albertine Potvin.
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My Grandmother... Alice (Dessert) Benoit
My Grandmother... Alice (Dessert) Benoit.
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Greenwood School - Warwick, R.I. 1952
Greenwood School In Warwick, R.I. 1952.
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From Left To Right.. Unkown Person, Felix Coutu I And Felix Coutu III
The Picture On The Left Was Taken At Narragansett Pier, R.I. August 12, 1918. The Gentleman On The Far Left Of The Photo Is Unkown And On The Right Is My Grandfather,  Felix Coutu I. The Photo On The Right Is My Cousin, Felix "Buzz" Coutu III When He Was A Boy Scout.
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Felix "Buzz" Coutu III. Taken Sometime In 1947
Felix "Buzz" Coutu III. Taken Sometime In 1947.
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Felix "Buzz" Coutu III. Taken January 1 2008
Felix "Buzz" Coutu III. Taken January 1 2008.
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Helene Coutu (Nemeth), Felix Coutu I And Felix Coutu III
Photo (Far Left): Helene Coutu (Nemeth) And Son Felix "Buzz" Coutu III In 1945.
Photo (Top Right): Helene Coutu (Nemeth) And Husband Felix  Coutu II  In September 1948.
Photo (Bottom Right): Helene Coutu (Nemeth) And Son Felix "Buzz" Coutu III In 1943.
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Father & Son Bar & Grille Bottle And Can Opener. Date Unkown.
Father & Son Bar & Grille Bottle And Can Opener. Date Unkown
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Father & Son Bar & Grille 1943 Calendar
Father & Son Bar & Grille 1943 Calendar
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Father & Son Bar & Grille Thermometer - Date Unknown
Father & Son Bar & Grille Thermometer - Date Unknown
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NY Giants Defeat New England Patriots - Superbowl XLII
The NY Giants Defeat The New England Patriots 17-14 In Super Bowl XLII... Perhaps The Greatest  All-Time Upset In Super Bowl History!
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Turner Central Ice Cream
Photo appearing in the June 19 2008 edition of the Warwick Beacon. I have reason to believe Turner Central Ice Cream was never formerly the Father & Son Cafe. If you scroll down to the fourth photo below, you will notice the building was formerly occupied by the Home Restaurant which my grand father had purchased sometime in 1914. Also, most Apponaug historians believe, prior to the Home Restaurant, the building may have been previously occupied by some type of "Hay & Grain" establishment.

Please refer to the link titled "Father & Son Cafe" at the top of this page for more information on how the Father & Son Cafe came into existence.

Today, the Eastern Star Chinese Restaurant occupies the former
Father & Son Cafe at 3301 Post Road in Apponaug, R.I. NOTE: There is a fourth sign (Turner Central Ice Cream) located on the right side and near the front of the building building as well but not depicted in this photograph.
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Turner Central Ice Cream - Sign #1
Photo taken by Butch Keenan in July 2008 depicting one of the three signs after removal of the faux 
brick siding during the June 2008 renovation of the current Eastern Star Chinese Restaurant, formerly the Father & Son Cafe located at 3301 Post Road in Apponaug, R.I. I believe the sign may have read "SEE OUR FULL LINE OF CANDY & CIGARS".
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Turner Central Ice Cream - Sign #2
Photo taken by Butch Keenan in July 2008 depicting the second of three three signs after removal of the faux  brick siding during the June 2008 renovation of the current Eastern Star Chinese Restaurant, formerly the Father & Son Cafe located at 3301 Post Road in Apponaug, R.I. I believe the sign may have read "TURNER CENTRE ICE CREAM - DESERVES ITS POPULARITY".
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Turner Central Ice Cream - Sign #3
Photo taken by Butch Keenan in July 2008 depicting the third of three three signs after removal of the faux  brick siding during the June 2008 renovation of the current Eastern Star Chinese Restaurant, formerly the Father & Son Cafe located at 3301 Post Road in Apponaug, R.I. I believe the sign may have read "AUTO PARTIES (or AUTO PARTS) SERVED HERE". The history and origin of this sign and the above two are unknown.
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Home Restaurant - Circa. 1920's
A photo of the Home Restaurant which was soon to be the Father & Son Cafe. I believe the photo may have been taken in the middle to late teens or early 1920's. It is also believed the person on the right is my grand father Felix Coutu I. The person second from the left may be one of his sons, Roland, who was born in 1907. The remaining two people are unknown.

Interesting facts to note in this photo: 1. Post Office is to the left of the restaurant. 2. "Home  Restaurant" sign is on the right side of the building. 3. Note there are no buildings on the right side of the building as well.

The Father & Son Cafe was located at 3301 Post Road in Apponaug, R.I. from about 1914 to 1980.
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Paul E. Coutu Jr. Baptism - Date: 1943 Or 1944
Subject: My oldest brother's, (Paul E. Coutu Jr.) Baptism. From left to right: Cleophas Benoit, Father St. Jean, my grandmother Albertine (Potvin) Coutu holding Paul Jr.,  Bill Benoit and his wife Alice (Dessert).

Date of photo is either 1943 or 1944. Church is
St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Coventry, R.I.
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My Grandfather's Market. Circa. Early 1900's
Subject: Inside my grandfather's market in Coventry, R.I. Cleophas Benoit (with moustache and hat) is on the far left. Bill Benoit is holding the bag of flour. Date of photo is early 1900's.
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My Grandfather's Market. Circa. Early 1900's
Subject: Inside my grandfather's market in Coventry, R.I. That's Bill Benoit, my grandfather. Date of photo is early 1900's.
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Anthony Mill Company - Circa. 1807
This was once I believe, both my grandfather's and great-grandfather's store.
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Like Any Good Cat, Miss "Tootsie von Bulow " A.K.A. Miss "Judith-Marie"
Will Be On Standby At Any Given Moment When It's Time To Bail...
This Picture Depicts Her Planning Out Her Escape Route
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