2005-08-18 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 18
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 14, 1905:

A special executive session of the town council was held Saturday evening. The proceedings are supposed to be kept quiet, but it is understood that the principal business was the appointment of a constable to enforce the liquor law. Mr. Lewis E. Peckham has received the appointment. It is understood that the council intends to take hold of the liquor question here vigorously and will suppress the two or three places which are alleged to be dispensing liquor to all comers under the cloak of being a club.

The automobile question, it is said, also occupied some of the time of the council. It is understood that Mr. Elijah Anthony was appointed a committee to see that the police properly enforce the law regarding the speed limit, which it is said is broken every day. In fact, this noon two automobiles were timed going from ferry to ferry, a distance of one mile and it was found that they covered the distance in little over two and one half minutes. This did not break the record by any means, as machines have done it in half the time.

From the Newport Daily News, August 15, 1905:

The run from Jamestown to Beaver Tail is being extensively used by automobiles. A large number are seen on the road daily.

From the Newport Daily News, August 16, 1905:

It is reported that since the new constable has been appointed to enforce the liquor law, one of the clubs here has closed its doors and gone out of business.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 20, 1930:

The Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company has discontinued the sounding of the five-minute warning whistle, a custom which dates back more than 50 years. The object at that time was to warn the people that the ferry was about to leave. It is hoped that this change will assist in maintaining a more accurate schedule.

At Peckham’s polo field, on Beavertail road, tomorrow evening the Jitney players are to present “The Wonder,” or “A Woman Keeps a Secret.” This is to be given for the benefit of Jamestown Unit, No. 22, American Legion Auxiliary.

From the Newport Daily News, August 21, 1930:

Ferdinand Armbrust is building a miniature 18-hole golf course on his property on Narragansett Avenue, and already has a long list of members.

A few of the members of the former Clambake Club, comprising about 30, held a clambake at Short Point Saturday evening.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 16, 1955:

The Beavertail area, which was closed last week for three days because of the hurricane threat, was reopened to motorists and picnickers Sunday. Bathers visited Mackerel Cove but bathing was hampered by the heavy seaweed and debris churned up by the heavy seas. An eight-foot shark was sighted on the sand bar at Mackerel Cove Sunday afternoon by Frank Kennedy of Woonsocket who was bathing with his children. A large number of porpoises following school tuna were seen in the Mackerel Cove area. From the Newport Daily News, August 20, 1955:

Hurricane Connie collected a share of the toll on the Jamestown Bridge this month, according to the report of Manager Charles L. Hull last night at the meeting of the bridge commission. Hull said the gross revenue of $2,222.95 for the first 14 days of August compared with the same period last year was 12 percent less due to the hurricane threat which cut down on traffic.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 19, 1980:

Residents of Jamestown jammed the Recreation Center to overflowing last night during a three-hour public hearing on the route of the proposed new Jamestown Bridge. Between 400 and 500 attended.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 16, 1990:

Recycling is coming to Jamestown residents later this month. Blue recycling bins will be delivered to Jamestown starting on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to conduct a mandatory recycling program.

Jellyfish, brought into Jamestown waters by the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, prompted the closing of Mackerel Cove Beach on Sunday and Monday.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 17, 1995:

The Town Council will consider a plan to limit the rise of Lyme disease by allowing hunters to kill some of the island’s deer. The recommendation to permit deer hunting on the island came from the council’s Lyme Disease Task Force.

Town officials ordered the Mackerel Cove town beach closed to swimmers Tuesday due to the heavy surf. Officials expected the town beach to remain closed to swimmers Wednesday.

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