This week in Island history
Compiled by Sue Maden Week of August 25
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 24, 1905:
The managers of the Bay View House gave a ball last evening, in honor of the officers of the battleship squadron. The dining room, which had been closed for dancing, was handsomely decorated with bunting, which was carried around the room as a frieze, with spread eagles placed every few feet. The coat of arms of Rhode Island was at one end of the room and at the other medallions bearing words of welcome. The band of the flagship Maine was stationed outside on the piazza and furnished the music.
From the Newport Daily News, August 25, 1905:
The water sports at the Conanicut Yacht Club yesterday afternoon attracted a large number of people. There was a good list of entries in each event. (The race and contest events included men’s skiff, ladies’ double rowing, men’s single rowing, boys’ skiff, men’s double rowing, men’s sculling, canoe, men’s swimming, canoe tilting. diving, ladies’ swimming.)
75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 22, 1930:
All available parking space was utilized yesterday afternoon at Beavertail when it was announced that the Shamrock would be in Newport, shortly after 8 o’clock long lines of cars starting for this advantageous viewpoint and also for the Dumplings. The air was clear and the Shamrock’s tall mast could be seen as she rounded Point Judith. As she passed the lighthouse, every one saluted by blowing automobile horns. Then all hurried to the ferry, where the shore was lined with people who watched her, with the Erin, the destroyers, as convoys, and the airships made their way into Newport harbor.
From the Newport Daily News, August 27, 1930:
The American Legion held its second night of the carnival last evening when the number attending far exceed the attendance Monday evening. The principal feature last evening was the pie-eating contest. The first doll carriage parade ever held in Jamestown took place Tuesday afternoon.
About 25 members of the Nature Study class at Camp Seaside, under the leadership of Miss Reed, hiked from Conanicut Park to Beavertail Monday where they spent the night on the rocks and hiked back again Tuesday morning.
From the Newport Daily News, August 28, 1930:
At the auction of the Marvel cottage on Union street, yesterday afternoon, Charles A. Hayward was the highest bidder, and the property was struck off to him, for $2100. It is understood that Mr. Hayward buys for the Conanicut Land Company, on East Shore road.
50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 22, 1955:
The beaches at Beavertail and the Beavertail area were heavily patronized over the weekend by persons seeking relief from the heat. Nearly 100 yachts and other craft were anchored off Fort Getty which was recently acquired by the town from the government for a recreational area.
From the Newport Daily News, August 23, 1955:
(At the Town Council meeting) in a letter from J.M. Cleminshaw Co., appraisers of Cleveland, the council was advised that the town appropriation of $7,000 (the amount approved at the May financial town meeting for a property revaluation study) is too low to provide for professional services for a tax equalization survey. The company added that no professional person would undertake a full year’s work at such a figure.
25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 26, 1980:
The Town Council wants it in writing from state Transportation Director Wendall Flanders that Jamestown Bridge is safe.
From the Newport Daily News, August 28, 1980:
A total of 2,903 voters are eligible to vote in the Sept. 9 primary, the latest voting list canvass on Aug. 20 shows.
Harbor Views Condominiums Inc. of Middletown was granted (by the Zoning Board of Review) a special exception to convert the former nursing home on Conanicus Avenue into six condominium units.
15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 23, 1990:
Jamestowners will get their first look Monday at the proposed design plans for the cross-island road. The state Department of Transportation will conduct an informational public workshop at the Town Hall on Monday from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
Downtown business owners and residents sent a letter to the Town Council last week asking that something be done about what they say are problems caused by skateboarding teenagers.
Construction bids for the expansion of the Jamestown School were opened last week. According to architects in charge of the project, the bids were much lower than expected. The apparent low bid of $3,185,000 came from F.W. Brown construction company of Baltic, Conn. Seventeen companies bid on the project.
10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 24, 1995:
With the municipal well now operable and an emergency waterline to North Kingstown still in place, the Town Council Monday decided not to extend the current watering ban to include non-essential commercial uses. That means that businesses like car washes, restaurants, and Laundromats will not have to cut back on their use of water, despite the fact that the water level at North Pond reservoir — now only five feet deep — is essentially at the same level it was at this time in 1993.
A blustery northeaster brought sunny and blue skies Saturday for the 18th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta. About 1,000 packed the town beach at East Ferry to watch the antics of the intrepid sailors.