2014-07-24 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of July 24
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, July 24, 1914

The local farmers have commenced shipment of the potato crop, which is reported as being unusually good, although later than previous years by 10 days or two weeks.

A 10-pound tautog was caught by Mr. L.E. Peckham at the Dumplings Saturday morning.

T.P. Ernest Greene of New Bedford has sold to Fred W. Greene of Newport 74 house lots on the westerly side of the Bryer farm. These lots were sold at auction last summer by Mrs. Caswell.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 25, 1939

The Monday night children’s dance at the Beaver Tail Country Club was largely attended.

The managers, board and membership committee of the Jamestown Rod and Gun Club held a meeting Monday evening and voted to keep the charter open until the first of September to get new members. Prizes will be given during the season for those bringing in members.

From the Newport Daily News, July 27, 1939

More than 1,00 (sic) people saw the baseball game at Head’s field, Jamestown, in which the players were mounted on burros. It was between a team representing the town officials and businessmen, and one representing the fire department. The latter won 3-2

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 23, 1964

The Western Union Telegraph Co. has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to discontinue its Jamestown office at 6 Narragansett Ave.

From the Newport Daily News, July 25, 1964

Although traffic for the Newport Folk Festival was termed heavy all over the island’s main highways yesterday afternoon and early evening, the most pressure was apparent at the ferry docks in Jamestown, through the day, and up to 3:15 a.m. today when boats stopped for a two-hour respite before starting up again. At different times yesterday crowds of 400 to 500 pedestrians were seen waiting for the ferries. Chief Smyth said the pedestrian traffic eased off by 9 p.m. However, the ferries were carrying full loads of cars right up to 3 a.m. and at one point double lines of cars were backed up for an estimated three miles.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, July 22, 1999

Starting today, all outdoor uses of water are banned.

Volunteers removed the sails from the Jamestown windmill after it was discovered that there was enough rot to cause concern. Fundraising efforts will soon get underway to help restore the mill.

Aerialists performed at Vidbel’s Olde Tyme Circus Tuesday night at Fox Hill Farm. The event was sponsored by the VFW and American Legion.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, July 22, 2004

Town Councilors seemed to gravitate toward the least expensive of eight concepts for a highway garage at Taylor Point that were presented by John Hannigan of Vollmer Associates, a Boston-based engineering firm, at a July 15 workshop.

The first day islanders could buy Rhode Fresh Milk at McQuade’s Marketplace last week more than 20 cases were sold.

This Sunday, July 25, will be the grand re-opening of Video Showcase, which has been purchased by longtime employee Lillian Beers.

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