2005-10-20 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of October 20

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 18, 1905:

The burning of the old steamer Elm City at Providence attracted considerable attention here, as the blaze could be plainly seen.

From the Newport Daily News, October 23, 1905:

More than 100 fishermen were on the rocks yesterday at Beavertail and the Dumplings, a large number coming from Newport. Chief Engineer Kirwin secured the largest fish, an 11-pounder.

From the Newport Daily News, October 24, 1905:

A large dynamo has arrived for Mr. Henszey. He will generate his own electricity for his new cottage on the Dumplings.

Steamer Conanicut made a special trip to Saunderstown yesterday to bring to the island a flock of 70 sheep for Mr. John F. Hammond.

This morning’s fire at Mr. Wharton’s boathouse shows the volunteer fire department to be a credit to the place but the mode of giving an alarm altogether too slow.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 18, 1930:

The summer street light near the premises of Fred M. Condry on Bay View Drive was made a permanent year round light (at the Town Council meeting).

From the Newport Daily News, October 20, 1930:

Whether it is theirs by right of seizure or simply because they found it, the more than 100 Jamestown people who have camped on the eastern shore of Conanicut Island since the Howard Line barges went aground Friday night and began to break up late Saturday, are not particularly worried. Coming ashore with each wash of the heavy seas, the hard coal from the barge Howard Sisters, which is a complete wreck, piled several feet deep at the tide line, and was eagerly shoveled into bags, baskets, wheelbarrows, pleasure cars and trucks, and even horsedrawn vehicles of sundry descriptions. . . . Some, not content with coal swept in by the waves, brought boats and sought to hijack the cargo of the barge Henry Howard, which is fast on the rocks, but has not as yet broken up.

Several of the Boys Scouts are meeting at the old Wolf Patrol club room on Howland avenue each evening, where they are making archery sets, knot boards and other handicraft.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 19, 1955:

A program of activities for Jamestown young people has been opened at the Jamestown Recreation Center under the leadership of Leon Munger, the new supervisor. Volley ball and basketball teams for high school girls have been organized with Miss Mary Lois Watson as coach. . . . A western band headed by Stephen Humes has been started and will meet for practice every Monday and Wednesday night. There was roller skating for the junior high school group last night with more than 55 young people joining. Children of Grades 2 through 4 will skate Mondays.

From the Newport Daily News, October 21, 1955:

The Jamestown School Committee may find it necessary to add a second bus.

From the Newport Daily News, October 22, 1955:

The (Jamestown Bridge) commission voted to purchase 10,000 folders to advertise the bridge at a cost of $851. From the Newport Daily News, October 24, 1955:

The Jamestown Recreation Commission had a record turnout Friday evening with more than 150 persons of all ages attending the square dance classes under the direction of Albert Warner, caller.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 21, 1980:

The Town Council next Monday will hear requests from two developers for conditional tie-ins to the town water and sewer systems. This could represent as many as 175 additional condominium units and single family homes added to the water system. The system is currently suffering from a water shortage because of the summer’s drought. Last week the Council adopted a one-year moratorium on condominiums and multi-family tie-ins to the town’s water system.

From the Newport Daily News, October 24, 1980:

The Junior Firefighters organization held its first meeting this week and organized at the fire station.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 18, 1990:

The fate of the old freight shed at East Ferry may finally be decided at the end of the month. A number of town officials want to take down the dilapidated structure, which was once used as a freight depot by the Jamestown-to-Newport ferryboats, before it falls into the bay. But last February over 200 residents signed a petition saying they wanted to save the shed.

A public hearing on the redesignation of Mackerel Cove’s water use classification will be conducted by the (state) Coastal Resources Management Council at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The CRMC wants to change Mackerel Cove’s designation from Type 2 low-density use to a Type 1 conservation area.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 19, 1995:

Several residents voiced concerns over plans to drill a municipal well near South Pond reservoir to Town Council members as they sat as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners.

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