2016-07-28 / Island History

Island History

A proposal to extend East Ferry’s steel pier to make it accessible to ferryboats was defeated,

reported The Jamestown Press July 31, 1997.

About 135 residents were in attendance as the Jamestown Town Council voted down the measure, 4-1. Councilman Fred Pease, who cast the dissenting vote, said voters should decide the pier’s fate by referendum.

If approved, the town-owned pier would have been transformed into a dock for privately owned 50-foot ferryboats. A federal grant worth $840,000 would have subsidized the project.

“This project opens our waterfront to a different group of people,” Council President Craig Amerigian said. “To let $840,000 burn a hole in our pocket to the detriment of the quality of life on this island is a real bad deal.”

100 years ago — Aug. 1, 1916 (The Newport Daily News)

A long spell of wet weather caused heavy losses to Jamestown farmers and gardeners.

The hay crop is reported to be almost a total failure. Field crops, such as potatoes and corn, have fared only slightly better. Pea and bean crops have been ruined, and other field vegetables only are yielding a small portion of their usual annual amount.

75 years ago — Aug. 1, 1941 (Newport Mercury)

Jamestown raised $512 for the United Service Organizations, helping Newport top its quota of $2,000. The money for the community chest came from 189 donors, some of whom previously gave in their own communities.

Williams W. Weeden and Fred C. Clarke spearheaded the drive in town. Newport officials considered it a fine showing for a small community.

50 years ago — Aug. 4, 1966 (Newport Daily News)

Jamestown resident Frances Ann Brazil, 17, unofficially took the reins from Vice Adm. Paul E. Trimble, acting commandant of the Coast Guard, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Grinnell Street teenager is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Brazil. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsored the trip as part of Girls Nation, a civil training program the Legion began in 1947.

25 years ago — Aug. 1, 1991 (The Jamestown Press)

In the state baseball tournament for children ages 10 and younger, the town’s all-star team finished second after losing, 11- 10, to West Warwick. Jamestown squandered the lead after scoring seven runs in the first inning.

To advance to the championship game, Jamestown beat North Providence in the semifinals, 14- 12. A nine-run rally in the fourth frame was led by Eric Cirella, who had two hits and two RBIs, and Luke Verrier, who clubbed a two-run single.

10 years ago — Aug. 3, 2006 (The Jamestown Press)

The town agreed to a 99-year lease with the Jamestown Historical Society for the building at 92 Narragansett Ave., which the society uses for its museum. The negotiated price was $1 per year.

According to the contract, the society is responsible for ongoing maintenance during the term of the lease. Also, extensive improvements to the building will be the society’s obligation, including the installation of handicap accessibility. The lease also allows property oversight by the town’s administration through an annual inspection of the premises.

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