2005-09-08 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 8
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, September 5, 1905:

A Fall River man has been in town recently looking for a site on the shore for a working girls’ boarding house, to be run in a similar manner to that of the Sea Side Cottage at Conanicut Park, which is conducted by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.

From the Newport Daily News, September 6, 1905:

The town council met yesterday afternoon as the board of canvassers, to make up the voting list for the November election.

From the Newport Daily News, September 11, 1905:

There was considerable excitement Saturday night when the 11 o’clock launch landed here. The steps leading up to the wharf gave way, throwing three women and two men, who were on them, into the water. All were quickly pulled out by the more fortunate ones on the wharf and launch.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 5, 1930:

The miniature golf course on Narragansett Avenue, owned by Ferdinand Armbrust, is proving one of the most interesting outdoor sports. The course was completed during the past week and each afternoon and evening a large number of players are seen on the links. The course is lighted by electricity affording the opportunity to those unable to play during the day to enjoy the game at night. Clifford Wright, Jr., is in charge of the course during the day, and acting as “pro,” is instructing those who are novices at the game. A small clubhouse has been erected at the entrance of the links, which players may use during a rainstorm and it is also protection from the heat of the sun. A number of tournaments are scheduled for the near future.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 3, 1955:

Jamestown’s Carr School on Southwest Avenue closed its doors officially as a place of learning Thursday when the School Committee turned over the building to the Town Council. Built in 1897, the two-story frame structure is 58 years old. At that time it had four rooms. Two more were added in 1913, which was considered adequate for nine grades. In 1923 the Thomas H. Clarke School on North Road was built and grades 4 through 8 were housed there in this building. . . . More than a year ago ground was broken for a one-story 17 room elementary school to cost $360,000 and here, when school opens on Sept. 19, all grades from kindergarten through grade nine will attend classes.

From the Newport Daily News, September 6, 1955:

Approximately $1,500 was realized from the sale of 17 parcels of land in Jamestown on which taxes had not been paid for at least three years. The sale was held at the Town Hall on Saturday. Thirty-nine parcels of land were bought by the town. It was the first Jamestown tax sale since 1949.

From the Newport Daily News, September 7, 1955:

Fort Burnside, the scenic Beavertail section at the south end of Conanicut Island, was closed today by the Department of the Navy. The area was open during July and August for picnickers, fishermen and tourists. More than 5,700 cars and 22,000 people visited there during this time.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 6, 1980:

Sailing and tennis awards were presented at Conanicut Yacht Club during the annual awards night Labor Day. The High Heels trophy for sailing, donated by late Rear Adm. and Mrs. Ralph C. Alexander for the best record of any skipper in first or second year of organized competition, was won by Hannah Swett.

From the Newport Daily News, September 9, 1980:

Complaints about stereos and amplified live loud music has spurred the Town Council to look into the possibility of adopting a noise ordinance. . . . (Town Administrator) Sutton said the Navy had reclaimed four “camels” (timber floats) and shipped them back to Groton. The Navy promised not to set camels loose in Narragansett Bay. The federal government told Sutton that Jamestown was not selected as a site for the desalinization plant, but there are still two more plants to be built.

From the Newport Daily News, September 10, 1980:

A year round bakery is scheduled to open Oct. 1 at East Ferry in the shop now occupied by Merle’s Ice Cream Place.

The executive committee for the Coalition for Concerned Citizens for the Alternate Jamestown Bridge met recently. . . . The coalition changed its name to Save Our Watershed (SOW).

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 7, 1990:

Jamestowners recycled 18.44 tons of material during the first week of the town’s recycling program, officials said. That was an average of 17 pounds per household, far above the state average of 10 pounds per household.

A federal audit released by the Transportation’s Department of Office of the Inspector General accuses state and local officials of mismanaging the Jamestown bridge project, and that the federal government should ask for an $8 million dollar refund for work it paid for.

More than 200 Jamestown residents last weekend signed a petition expressing their opposition to the latest proposed plan for the cross-island connector road.

Jamestown students attending North Kingstown High School received an extended summer vacation when the school system’s teachers voted to strike Wednesday.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 8, 1995:

With about 54 days of water left in the North Pond reservoir, Town Administrator Frances Shocket intends to ask the Town Council next week if it wants to begin buying off-island water.

Several major changes may be made in the town’s Zoning Ordinance following a public hearing scheduled to be held next month. State law requires the town to amend its zoning ordinance so that it conforms with the town’s state-mandated comprehensive plan within 18 months of that plan’s approval. Since the state approved Jamestown’s plan on May 18, 1994, the zoning laws must be amended by Nov. 18, 1995.

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