2005-09-01 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 1
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 29, 1905:

This morning a large automobile belonging to Mr. Tillinghast of Providence was brought across the ferries to a Newport repair shop, having taken fire on the dock at Saunderstown yesterday afternoon and being badly damaged. The crew on the Beaver Tail, with their fire extinguishers, saved the machinery from even greater damage.

From the Newport Daily News, August 30, 1905:

With tennis over, the summer colony usually leaves in large numbers the first of September. This year very few are leaving, which seems to indicate that many will stay for Newport’s Old Home week.

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

The American Legion carnival came to a close Saturday, with gratifying results. All booths and paraphernalia have been cleaned away and no signs of the carnival now remain on the village green.

From the Newport Daily News, September 4, 1930:

Jamestown is in readiness for the annual state convention of the Rhode Island Department, American Legion. It is the first convention held in that town, which is opening its arms in welcome, and it is doubtful if any city or town in the state has gone more completely into preparation for a convention, in which there are to be numerous features.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 26, 1955:

Jamestown has gone seven times over its assigned quota of $100 for the flood relief fund. . . . (Some) $711 has already been contributed. . . . Twenty large cartons of clothing, contributed by the people of Jamestown, were sorted and packed yesterday at the Recreation Center receiving station, and several truckloads of furniture were collected by the town highway trucks, to be shipped to Woonsocket flood sufferers.

From the Newport Daily News, August 30, 1955:

The Jamestown Red Cross flood relief fund reached $1,300 last night.

From the Newport Daily News, September 1, 1955:

All public schools in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth and Jamestown have postponed their scheduled next week’s opening until Sept. 19, on advice of health officials, because of the incidence of polio cases.

From the Newport Daily News, September 2, 1955:

Red Cross certificates in swimming and junior life saving were issued Wednesday to 63 Jamestown children who completed the Red Cross course in water safety at the east waterfront beach this summer.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 29, 1980:

The Concerned Citizens Coalition of the alternate Jamestown Bridge proposal was given pointers Tuesday night by Stop I-84 President Ralph McDougald and Merlin Szosz, a director. The two told how their citizens’ action group stopped I-84 from going through the Scituate Reservoir.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 30, 1990:

A motion to let voters decide whether or not they want a 24-hour leash law failed to carry after it was proposed at Monday evening’s Town Council meeting.

The 12th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta attracted 39 entries last Saturday. Racing conditions were described as “the best ever.”

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 31, 1995:

While the quality of the water coming from the new municipal well has yet to be approved, the state Department of Health has given the town permission to keep pumping water from the well into North Pond reservoir. Water has been pumped at a rate of 100,000 gallons a day — between a third and a fourth of what municipal water customers consume daily — since last week.

A state-mandated Comprehensive Harbor Management Plan got approval from the Town Council Monday, making the town’s Harbor Ordinance one step closer to being unconditional law. . . . Jamestown is one of the first waterfront municipalities in the state to have a harbor ordinance. . . . To meet a state mandate, Jamestown adopted a harbor ordinance in 1990 and established a harbor commission to “regulate the uses and activities within the waters” around the island.

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