2005-09-15 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 15
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 14, 1905:

All the people here who could get away went to Newport today to see the military parade. Some of the stores are closed and the schools had a half holiday.

From the Newport Daily News, September 15, 1905:

Steamer Conanicut last night, on her evening trips, took a number of people to Newport to witness the carnival parade. And on her 11 o’clock trip brought more than 400 people.

From the Newport Daily News, September 15, 1905:

Jamestown had its first automobile accident this morning, and that someone was not killed was fortunate.

From Newport Daily News, September 19, 1905:

Mr. A.S. Murray, who was seriously injured in yesterday’s automobile accident, is doing as well as could be expected.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 12, 1930:

A carrier pigeon stopped at the Bay View Hotel Wednesday evening, when a message saying “spent the night at Bay View Hotel in Jamestown, Sept. 19,” was attached to his ring. He disappeared for a short time, and upon his return was joined by his mate — also a carrier, and are still at the Bay View.

From the Newport Daily News, September 13, 1930:

The east shore at Potter’s Point was the mecca for many of the residents of the island last evening, this being the most advantageous situation to witness the searchlight display.

From the Newport Daily News, September 15, 1930:

The Beavertail and Dumpling shores were lined with automobiles Saturday afternoon, and many of the hills at the Dumplings were chosen as sites from which to watch the return to Newport of the craft of all descriptions which preceded and followed the (America Cup) races. The sight was one of the most beautiful ever witnessed from these shores. Many entertained over the weekend, and after the sun came out, in the afternoon took the ferry for Newport to see the yachts in the harbor. It was found to be necessary to resume double service on the ferries to accommodate those wishing to go to Newport and Steamer Jamestown was put on the line in the afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, September 17, 1930:

T. Remington Wright is building a miniature golf course on his grounds at Mackerel cove.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News. September 12, 1955:

The sixth annual Jamestown 4-H Club garden show, sponsored by the Jamestown Garden Club, was held yesterday afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, September 13, 1955:

The Jamestown Town Council last night voted to call a special financial town meeting to consider disposal of the Carr School, which has been turned over to the town by the School Committee. . . . The Council voted to seek bids before its next meeting for revaluation of Jamestown real estate.

From the Newport Daily News, September 17, 1955:

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night approved a budget of $113,124 for 1956, an increase of $19,438 over last year’s figure of $93,686. The increase reflects a $4,500 wage increase of employees and $15,000 in maintenance. . . . Charles L. Hull, manager, reported the gross revenue for the first 14 days of September was 57 per cent higher than for the same period last year. He explained that Hurricane Carol which struck last year on August 31, was responsible for the below normal drop in revenue for September, 1954.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 15, 1980:

The Town Council will hold a joint meeting with the Planning Board tonight at 8 in the Town Hall to devise a consolidated position on the bridge road through Jamestown from the proposed new Jamestown Bridge and Newport Bridge toll plaza.

From the Newport Daily News, September 16, 1980:

The Town Council Monday night asked Town Engineer Richard Z. Zimmerman to prepare a specific package on the town water situation. He will organize material gathered by a three-man committee earlier this year to be submitted to hydrologists for bids for a Jamestown water study. . . . The need for a water study grew from continued growth and construction in Jamestown. During the joint meeting of the Council and Planning Board, John T. Heelan, planning chairman, said subdivisions have increased from originally 10 house lots to 90 condominium units.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 13, 1990:

Officers of the Jamestown Shores Association at Monday night’s Town Council meeting said that their group, made up of 300 families, supported the state Department of Transportation’s revised design plans for the new cross-island highway.

Results from the primary elections in Jamestown Tuesday reflected the final tally statewide in the party races for gubernatorial nominations. In the Democratic primary for governor, Jamestown voters gave the edge to Bruce Sundlun over opponents Francis Flaherty and Joseph Paolino. Locally, Sundlun received 451 votes, Flaherty 196 votes, and Paolino 126 votes. In the Republican primary for governor, incumbent Edward DiPrete easily outdistanced challenger Steve White. Locally, DiPrete received 105 votes, while White received 28.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 14, 1995:

The Town Council has enacted a water emergency ordinance and asked the town administrator to start buying water from North Kingstown as soon as possible. In effect as of midnight Monday, Sept. 11, the emergency ordinance bans all outdoor residential and commercial water uses and prohibits restaurants from serving water unless customers ask for it.

Few businesses are as well known as McQuade’s market on Clarke Street. . . . McQuade’s has been at the intersection of Clarke Street and Southwest Avenue for 13 years. The McQuade family oversees a chain of three stores. In addition to Jamestown, there are stores in Westerly and Mystic, Conn.

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