2015-07-30 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of July 30 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.
Compiled by Sue Maden

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, July 30, 1915

The Jamestown Land Company is giving the earth roads on Shoreby Hill a dressing of road oil.

The amateur fishermen are in evidence from daylight until dark on the old Enterprise wharf, where they are fishing, catching flounders quite plentifully.

The Rhode Island National Guard completed Sunday its 1915 tour of duty in camp at Fort Greble.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 26, 1940

Preparations were completed today for the opening of the new $3,104,000 Jamestown Bridge.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 29, 1965

The beach committee report to the Town Council showed revenue for May and June totaled $808, compared with $810 in 1964.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, July 26, 1990

An open meeting to introduce Jamestown residents to the new recycling program will be held in August.

Traffic tie-ups in the Route 138 bridge connector corridor became the subject of debate at Monday night’s Town Council meeting. Throughout the summer, traffic on that two-lane road has often been bumper-to-bumper during peak travel times, making it difficult for residents to get from one end of the island to the other. Motorists headed for New York and Cape Cod have also been using local roads in an attempt to escape the congestion.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, July 27, 2000

The Town Council voted unanimously to approve a definition that would allow anyone with an interest on 1 percent or more in a waterfront property to be legally considered “a riparian owner.”

The feast of the Holy Ghost will be celebrated in Jamestown on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to dusk. The feast began in Portugal during the Middle Ages and continues in many Portuguese communities to this day.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, July 28, 2005

Deer season for hunters opens Oct. 1 in the state, but for deer hunt debaters in Jamestown, the preseason opened Monday when the Town Council decided to create a committee to help it decide what to do about the island’s deer. The first volley came Monday from several north end residents who reported early stripping of vegetables in their area by more deer than ever before, and the deer are eating plants on which they ordinarily do not feed.

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