2014-10-30 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of October 30
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.

From the Newport Journal, Oct. 30, 1914

At the Town Council meeting, Lawn Avenue from Watson Avenue to Arnold Avenue was accepted as a public highway.

The St. Mark Church was exempted from the entrance fee to the public sewer for the new hall on Grinnell Street.

The police chief was ordered to report all streetlights not burning.

Nearly 200 assembled at the Gardner House Wednesday evening to partake of an oyster supper and listen to the speakers of the Progressive party.

The town hall was filled to its capacity Thursday evening for the Democratic rally, a number of women being present.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 28, 1939

Walter L. Marley left Friday evening for New York, where he will visit friends and also will attend the world’s fair.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 31, 1939

A large number attended the masquerade ball held at the Holy Ghost Hall Monday.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 1, 1939

The hunting season on pheasants and rabbits opened today and there were many local and out-of-town hunters in the woods.

The town library will be open Saturdays only until further notice, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 26, 1964

Members of the Conanicut Grange celebrated the 75th anniversary on Saturday. About 88 persons were served at the chicken barbeque.

The first annual turkey shoot was held yesterday afternoon by Jamestown hunters and shooters at the sand pits on the North Road. About 29 people competed in three divisions.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 30, 1964

A tour of Jamestown’s new telephone facilities, with an explanation of the equipment and operation, was given by the phone company yesterday for town officials.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 31, 1964

Jamestown telephone history will be recorded at one minute after midnight tonight when Mrs. Eva Von Schade will break the circuit on the manually operated phones at the Narragansett Avenue exchange and the town will go on dial phones for the first time.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 26, 1989

The School Committee hopes to begin site preparation for the new addition to Jamestown School within the next few weeks. The committee originally wanted to build a $3.25 million addition to the school, but had to abandon those plans after an archeological survey uncovered about 200 Narragansett Indian burial sites where the addition was to be built. According to design drafts presented to the committee at the Oct. 19 meeting with architectural consultants McLeish and Johnson, the new buildings main entrance would be on Melrose Avenue. It would have between 45,000 and 50,000 square feet.

The recreation department placed a new metal bench at the corner of Narragansett and Pemberton avenues. It is for seniors to use as they walk to the post office and downtown. The 10-by 200-foot strip of land on which the bench is located is now called Watson Park. It was turned over to the town by Daniel J. Watson and his sister Leonora Watson in 1972 with the provision that it be made into a rest area for senior citizens.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 28, 1999

More than 100 islanders, among 237 participants from all over the state and as far away as Georgia and Texas, compete in the 11th annual Jack-O’-Lantern Jog. The weather Sunday was brisk and sunny, perfect for the 5K run.

Conanicut Island’s only grocery store is about to get bigger, while its parking lot gets smaller, safer and prettier, following the decisions in the past week by the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Review. The fire that closed McQuade’s for 4.5 weeks last month and condemned all its electrical systems has forced owner Michael McQuade to move forward with a remodeling plan now rather than later.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 28, 2004

The Town Council Monday unanimously authorized Interim Town Administrator Thomas Tighe to immediately merge all town emergency medical volunteers in order to create a paid medical response service.

Councilman Guy Settipane and engineering consultant John Hannigan told those attending an Oct. 21 public information session on the proposed highway barn that the controversial complex at Taylor Point could cost $500,000 less than the most recent engineering estimate of $2.4 million.

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