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The Naval Historical Collection, housed in the library of the Naval War College at Newport, is the main repository for documents relating to the naval history of Aquidneck Island. In this issue of Newport History, Evelyn M. Cherpak recounts the story of Newport’s Women Officers School by delving into five large photographic albums from this collection. Scholars studying the Old Stone Mill in Touro Park usually debate its controversial origins, but Marian Mathison Desrosiers here explores a different angle. Using wills, court cases, and other primary documents, she unravels the mill’s ownership by the Arnold, Pelham, and Banister families. John O. C. McCrillis, a long-time resident of New Haven, Connecticut, lived at Newport for over twenty-five years during his younger days. Here, he recalls a visit in the 1930s to the house of two of Newport’s legendary “locals,” Timmy “the Woodhooker” Sullivan and his sister Julia.