This week in Island history
Compiled by Sue Maden
Week of October 6
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, October 2, 1905:
Mr. Fred Gamache, who has managed the fish market here for Tollefson & Dewick, has finished his duties and is getting his sloop Sarah ready for the fall fishing.
Mr. W.S. Woodward and family have closed their cottage at the Dumplings and left for their home in Washington. Mr. Woodward’s horses and carriages, the last left here belonging to the summer colony, will be shipped by express this afternoon.
From the Newport Daily News, October 3, 1905:
Mr. C.W. Bailey of Philadelphia will have an automobile house built at his place at the Dumplings.
Commencing yesterday, the post office here will open at 7 a.m. and close at 6:15 p.m. for the winter. . . . There will be no Sunday mail.
From the Newport Daily News, October 4, 1905:
The fire department will have its regular monthly practice tonight.
75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 2, 1930:
With the completion of the necessary alterations, Beavertail Light . . . instead of eight flashes every 30 seconds, will in the future have two flashes every 15 seconds. The change, which went into effect Tuesday, increases the intensity of the light from 1,700 to 37,000 candle power. The light is now of group flash and white, showing twice at intervals of 15 seconds; duration of flash, .03 of a second, eclipse, 3.4 seconds; flash, .03, and eclipse, 11 seconds. From the Newport Daily News, October 6, 1930:
The Jamestown post office force, including the postmaster William F. Caswell, Miss Ruth Magill, Mrs. Edward Conant, and Miss Elizabeth Caswell held an outing Sunday, attending a clambake at Hick’s in Tiverton, after which they visited the Colonel Greene estate in South Dartmouth.
50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 4, 1955:
If the state decides to build a tunnel from Jamestown to this island (Aquidneck), the eastern terminus may be near Two Mile Corner, Capt. Francis L. Robbins, USN (ret) told his colleagues on the Middletown Town Council last night.
25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 6, 1980:
Fort Getty campground, nearly dormant after a busy season, came alive Sunday afternoon during Community Day featuring a kite flying contest. As many as 25 kites soared hundreds of feet over the fortification. The Community Day, sponsored by the Jamestown Republican Town Committee, drew state and local candidates who circulated among a crown of about 400 people.
From the Newport Daily News, October 7, 1980:
The Town Council Monday night asked Town Solicitor James F. Hyman to meet with Police Chief James G. Pemantell to further discuss a noise ordinance. From the Newport Daily News, September 27, 1980:
The Fort Getty Pavilion was dedicated Friday night in memory of Army Reserve Lt. Col. John C. Rembijas. Gov. Gerrahy unveiled the plaque and paid tribute to the late Col. Rembijas, who was chairman of the Fort Getty building committee and who designed and worked on the structure
15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 4, 1990:
Jamestown has reached the halfway point in its effort to gather input from residents for a Comprehensive Community Plan. The town is required by the state to develop a 20-year community plan to guide development. The most detailed part of the plan will focus on the next five years.
The second annual Jamestown Jack O’ Lantern Jog will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Jamestown Community Center.
10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 5, 1995:
A second hearing on proposed changes to the town’s Zoning Ordinance — with a joint meeting of the Town Council, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Review — will be held tonight at 7:30 at the library. At a public hearing last week held by the council and the Planning Commission, the vast majority of some 130 residents attending expressed adamant opposition to a number of proposed changes that were recommended by the planning board after three years of discussions with island residents. Amendments calling for changing town-owned land at Ft. Wetherill State Park currently designated “open space” to “commercial waterfront,” making accessory apartments legal with approval of the Zoning Board of Review, and permitting bed-and-breakfast establishments — now only allowed in the village — to exist in any type of zone drew the heaviest criticism and the most derisive laughter from the audience.