2014-08-14 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 14
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, August 14, 1914

The Jamestown Historical Society realized more than $125 from its exhibit of glass, china and silver. It will probably use some of the money to make repairs to the old windmill at the center of the island.

Mr. Ledyard Anthony has commenced a suit against the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Co. He claims damages alleging that he was detained in Saunderstown with a herd of cows when there was sufficient room to take him on an earlier boat.

The telephone company has been at work changing the old-style telephones have been in use on the island for upto date instruments.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 14, 1939

There was a large attendance at the Saturday night dance at the Beavertail Country Club. Previous to the dance, many dinner parties were held.

From the Newport Daily News, August 17, 1939

Malcolm and Robert Anderson figured in a rescue Wednesday afternoon in Jamestown when they aided three of four people from a boat that had been capsized. The fourth was picked up later by a fishing craft. The Andersons were at their farm on East Shore Road when they noticed a small boat called the Sparks, containing four young people, tip over at the north end of Gould Island.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 10, 1964

The heaviest traffic Newport has experienced in months created one of the busiest Sundays for the Jamestown Ferry, which proved, once again, to be a bottleneck. Many reported waiting for three or four hours before they could board for the crossing to Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, August 11, 1964

The Bay View Hotel in Jamestown, a landmark there since it was erected in 1880, was sold yesterday to the New England Poultry Co., identified as a Fall River corporation. Stamps attached to the deed recorded in the town clerk’s office indicated a purchase price of $22,000.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 10, 1989

Only three of the 35 units in the luxury Bay View condominium project have been sold in the past year. Practically all of the 18 people who initially gave sales deposits to Ronald Jobin, the project’s developer, have backed out. Although prices for the most affordable units were dropped from $330,000 to $270,000, no new offers to buy have come in for eight months.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 12, 1999

Final water conservation measures go in effect today for everyone who is on the municipal water system. When North Pond reservoir is between 4 and 5 feet below capacity, “no person shall wash a car from a system using water furnished by the municipal water system.”

With another new road project going to the drawing board in downtown Jamestown, the state Department of Transportation may finally be seeing the light at the end of the drainage pipe on Southwest Avenue. A phase-II archeological investigation in the area of Art’s Auto Body Shop, where Southwest Avenue’s new drainage system is slated to be installed, did not reveal any Native American burials in the path of construction.

Following an inspection of the region’s bridges by District 1 of the U.S. Coast Guard, the state Department of Transportation was notified that three unused Rhode Island bridges should be demolished, and one of them is the old Jamestown Bridge.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 12, 2004

The Town Council Tuesday ratified in a 4-0 vote the state plan to cull the island’s deer herd by means of a controlled bow-andarrow hunt at Beavertail State Park, with council to consider suggestions to modify the plan when it meets next Monday.

The Town Council Tuesday continued until Aug. 23 a public hearing on changes to the high groundwater ordinance that drew strong criticism both on the use or misuse of the ordinance and on the proposed changes to it.

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