2016-12-08 / Island History


Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford issued an outdoor watering ban because the North Pond reservoir is 54 inches below the spillway, The Jamestown Press reported Dec. 13, 2001.

The ban will remain in effect for utility customers until the water reaches 36 inches below the spillway.

The mandatory ban is lifted annually in November, but the sanction was re-instituted because of the drought. According to Steve Goslee, public works director, roughly 7 inches of rain has fallen since September. The average autumn rainfall is closer to 12 inches, he said.

100 years ago — Dec. 8, 1916 (Newport Daily News)

Walter H. Watson, 23, died after being kicked by a horse owned by Aaron R. Richardson.

Watson was caring for the horse when it kicked him in the stomach. Following a doctor’s call to his home, Watson gradually grew worse and died the next day.

75 years ago — Dec. 12, 1941 (Newport Mercury)

Samuel Smith Jr., who works for the state office of forests and parks, sent a letter to the Jamestown Town Council suggesting “a work of art” depicting the meeting of Roger Williams and Narragansett chief Conanicus.

He recommended the middle of the grass plot at East Ferry. The town’s only expense would be the base and shrubbery, Smith said.

50 years ago — Dec. 10, 1965 (The Newport Daily News)

Norman Olson showed several reels of film to the Jamestown Rotary Club that showcased deer and moose hunting in Newfoundland. Olson and two other men each brought back two deer and two moose from their trip.

Rotarian Ernest Vieira, who organized the presentation, presented the moose, which was served for dinner.

25 years ago — Dec. 12, 1991 (The Jamestown Press)

Monday was not the first time Grace Bogart has given birth, but it was the first time she delivered a baby in an ambulance.

A rescue crew led by Capt. Pat Lyons was dispatched at 3 a.m. to Bogart’s home on Conanicus Avenue. The ambulance crossed the bridge en route to Newport Hospital, but when it reached Van Zandt Avenue roughly 23 minutes after Bogart’s call, the baby decided it was ready. The rescue pulled to the side of the road.

“I have them fast, but I didn’t expect it that fast,” Bogart said.

“I basically delivered the baby,” Lyons said. “It was fun.”

Lyons visited the Bogart family later that night and met Bryn, a 6-pound, 9-ounce girl. The mother was doing laundry. The family still was considering whether to make “Van Zandt” the girl’s middle name.

10 years ago — Dec. 14, 2006 (The Jamestown Press)

Walt Disney Studios, which has been filming its Steve Carell movie “Dan in Real Life” since September, has donated $7,000 to Jamestown. The school department will receive $2,000 because scenes were filmed at Melrose School.

Despite the busy shopping season, filmmakers have asked for exclusive use of East Ferry for three days. The businesses granted their request. Some residents said better arrangements should have been made. According to Clayton Carlisle, five Disney trailers permanently were parked at the West Reach cul de sac for several weeks.

“The impact was severe on our neighborhood,” he said.

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