2005-08-04 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 4
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News comes from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 2, 1905:

Mr. Rogers, one of the rural free delivery inspectors, was in town today, and was taken about the island by Town Clerk Caswell. The inspection is for the purpose of reporting on the feasibility of establishing a rural free delivery route here. Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton have enjoyed this privi-lege for years and now it looks as if Jamestown was also to have the benefit.

From the Newport Daily News, August 3, 1905:

The tea given at the old windmill on the North road to raise funds to pay for the repair work recently done on the old build-ing was held yesterday afternoon, having been postponed on account of the storm. Tents were erected on the lawn about the mill and in these tea was served. The summer residents who owned automobiles placed them at the disposal of the commit-tee in charge of the affair, and they were run from the ferry to the mill in order to accommodate those who wished to attend. The automobiles alone, it is understood, made $40, and in all about $200 was realized from the affair.

One of the year-old Plymouth Rock pullets at the Maplewood (Sanitarium) produced an egg weighing four ounces and measuring 8.5 by 6 inches in circumference.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 2, 1930:

The ladies handicap tournament at the Beavertail Golf Club is nearing completion. Mrs. Nicholas Biddle, the medalist at 87, has reached the finals. In spite of the drought the greens are in excellent condition, and the club has enjoyed much larger patronage than ever before. Mr. "Willie" Martin, the "pro" of the club, is giving free instruction to the children of club members. Mr. Martin has made a score of 67 on the course, which is the pro-fessional record.

From the Newport Daily News, August 6, 1930:

A.S. Clarke caught a 25-pound bass at beavertail Sunday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 6, 1955:

A paper drive under the auspices of the Arnold-Zweir Post 22, American Legion, will be held in Jamestown tomorrow morning. Housewives are asked to tie magazines and papers securely in sep-arate bundles to facilitate handling and place them at the curbs in front of their homes by 9 a.m.

From the Newport Daily News, August 8, 1955:

Two tons of paper were collected yesterday morning in the paper drive.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 30, 1980:

The Town Council, as the Board of Sewer and Water Commissioners, will meet with the Planning Board to discuss hiring a hydrologist to determine water availability on the island.

From the Newport Daily News, August 2, 1980:

Air conditioners for Pemberton Apartments will be a top pri-ority at Tuesday night's meeting of the Jamestown Housing Authority.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August, 2 1990:

The annual Swim the Bay fund-raiser was interrupted Saturday when a 300to 400-foot barge, pushed by the tugboat Enterprise, entered the bay despite Coast Guard warning that the bay would be closed for the swimming event. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Henchey said there was just time to get the 125 swimmers in the spotter boars before the barge crossed their path.

(Photo caption) The Jamestown Bridge turned 50 on July 27, while progress continues on construction of the newer span across the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. The opening of the bridge in 1940 was observed with gala celebrations on Conanicut Island. Construction of the bridge cost $3.1 million.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 3, 1995:

Town officials have prohibited all outside residential water uses. Town Administrator Frances Shocket said Tuesday that since North Pond reservoir is down 51 inches, step six of the town's water conservation schedule is in effect.

With some 70-days supply of water left in North Pond reser-voir, town officials by tomorrow may finally receive a permit that would allow them to replenish the reservoir with water from a municipal well.

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