This week in Island history
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 11, 1905:
Quite a party from here attended the play, “David Harum,” at the Opera House, Newport, last night.
There was a small attendance at Plant’s moving pictures and illustrated song entertainment last evening at the Gardner House, but those present were well pleased with the performance.
From the Newport Daily News, October 12, 1905:
While here today the attention of Mr. Charles Potter, of the local board of steamboat inspectors, was attracted by the large sunflower growing on Ferry wharf near the freight house. The official measurements are: lateral diameter, 11 inches; perpendicular diameter, 12 inches.
From the Newport Daily News, October 13, 1905:
The government is contemplating connecting Beavertail light by telephone. Officials are looking over the ground and it is to be hoped that their report will be favorable enough to secure the long-felt need.
75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 11, 1930:
Thursday evening at the town hall a new troop of Girl Scouts was organized, to be known as the Holly Troop.
A special meeting of the school committee was held Friday evening when it was voted to procure new benches for the manual training department and new linoleum for the sewing room. From the Newport Daily News, October 17, 1930:
Following close on the heels of the inspection by General Charles P. Sumerall comes an appropriation of $2,500 for repair work on the forts in the Narragansett Bay area. . . . Plans were practically completed Thursday and a detail of four officers and 80 men, under Captain A.D. Johnson, will leave in the immediate future for Fort Greble, where they will base until the large amount of repair work there is completed.
50 years ago From the Newport daily News, October 11, 1955:
The (Town) Council approved the installation of two street lights on North Road near the creek bridge, two on Bay View Drive, and two replacements and two new lights on Providence Street and Bay View Drive at Conanicut Park.
The request of the eastern Rhode Island Farm Bureau for the $200 appropriation voted at the financial town meeting was granted (by the Town Council). Packets of White Pines with planting directions, received from the Rhode Island Division of Forests, to be planted in woods where trees are sparse, will be turned over to the members of the Rod and Gun Club.
25 years ago From the Newport daily News, October 15, 1980:
The Town Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a one-year moratorium on all condominium, multi-family housing and single family subdivisions requiring extension of the town sewer system.
From the Newport Daily News, October 16, 1980:
The board members of the Jamestown Community Program “strongly recommended” Tuesday, that the town keep the Recreation Center as (a) town building. The center serves as a place to hold youth activities, the board members told the Town Council. The town plans to continue to use the Rec Center’s main hall for recreation but the lobby of the building may be used to expand the police station.
15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 12, 1990:
The Town Council Monday night voted to spend $3,500 to address the safety needs of the ball fields at the Jamestown school. Improvements to the 7.3 acres of existing playing fields would include the construction of batting cages and higher fences along base lines to protect children from foul balls.
The heaviest concrete unit ever lifted over water in the United States will be attempted next week when construction workers place the first pre-cast span segment on the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge.
10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 13, 1995:
Riders cycle about the island in 20th annual race. The Columbus Day event attracted more than 80 riders, while 76 finished the 18-mile circuit.
Progress (was) reported in debate over new Zoning Ordinance. Ft. Wetherill may remain designated as Open Space. Revisions to the proposed amendments to the town’s Zoning Ordinance based on comments from last week’s public work session will be taken up by the Town Council at its Oct. 23 meeting.