2014-09-18 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of September 18
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, Sept. 18, 1914

The wild grape season has commenced, and they are being sent to Newport in considerable quantities.

Although all the ice houses on the island were filled during the past winter, the supply was not sufficient to meet the demand and several loads are being brought from Newport daily.

The casino will close Saturday evening after a successful season.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 15, 1939

The Jamestown Bridge Commission today received a low bid of $59,584.65 from P. Romano & Son for the construction of a new road from Boston Post Road to the western approach of the new Jamestown Bridge. The new road will be 3,000 feet long, 22 feet wide, and will be of bituminous macadam.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 18, 1939

Progress is being made at the recreational field. A number of the townspeople spent the afternoon there Sunday, and much interest is being shown in its development.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 19, 1939

Accidents in connection with large bridge construction are said to be not unusual, but Jamestown Bridge officials had been hopeful that this span, now over 50 percent completed, might be finished without a fatality.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 15, 1964

At the council meeting, the report of season’s activities at the Mackerel Cove Beach area and Fort Getty showed receipts in the amount of $2,977. Of these, $1,056 were from residents for season stickers, and $1,921 from visitors who paid a daily rate, $1. Acknowledgement was made of the support of the residents, and note was made that the total was only $15 behind income of late year, in spite of inclement weather.

Alfred T. Pitchers was appointed a special policeman for cup races at the Fort Wetherill area, in accordance with the provision of the directive received from the Navy permitting this area to be open to sightseers. Jamestown police will patrol this area also, which has been mowed and trashcans placed for use of picnickers. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 17, 1964

Conanicut Grange set a date for the 75th anniversary celebration. A chicken barbecue will be held in honor of this occasion on Oct. 24. The evening was spent in repairing the building. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 19, 1964

Many guests are registered at the Bay Voyage Hotel for the America’s Cup races.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 14, 1989

Twenty condominium units in the $7 million Bay View project, the most ambitious development of its type on the island, will be put up for auction early next month. Six of the units will be sold “absolute,” regardless of the price bid or the owner’s original asking price.

The four-lane connector road across the island will be completed before the new Jamestown Bridge - now scheduled to open in May 1992 - is finished, according to Edmund T. Parker, chief design engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 16, 1999

Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford told the Town Council members Monday night that the town has been on North Kingstown water since Sept. 8. The recent rain has raised the water level at North Pond reservoir by 3 inches, but the town’s main water supply is still 65 inches below capacity.

Plans are complete and the stage is set for the Millennium Masterpiece: a once-in-a-lifetime photo of everyone in Jamestown. This photo will be taken at Fox Hill Farm off Fort Getty on Saturday, Sept. 18. Onne Van De Wal will snap the shot with a special panoramic camera.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 16, 2004

After a dozen years without action on removal of the old Jamestown Bridge, the actuality of its demolition is now so close that some town officials and residents are getting anxious about disruptions that will be caused by razing the span. The Town Council this week reviewed detailed schedules for the demolition set for 2005, including blastings that will require closing of the new Jamestown (Verrazzano) Bridge for brief periods: about a half hour at a time dozens of times. The council review included opinions from local police and public works officials about the state-set schedules.

In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, just 120 of Jamestown’s 1,079 registered Democrats turned out to cast a ballot. Jamestown also has some 2,642 unaffiliated voters who would have been eligible to cast ballots in the primary. There are a total of 4,428 registered voters on the island.

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