2005-11-10 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of November 11

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, November 6, 1905:

Mr. John A. Saunders has bought the wood and post business of Mr. W.B. Gill at the west ferry and will run it in connection with his coal yard.

From the Newport Daily News, November 7, 1905:

The town meeting today is one of the quietest ever held in this place. At 1 o’clock not even an idler was to be seen about the town hall, while only the moderator, clerk and supervisors were in the hall. Up to that time less than 40 of the 253 qualified voters had cast their ballots.

From the Newport Daily News, November 8, 1905:

The voting here yesterday was of the quietest order, a smaller number of voters casting ballots than for a number of years. The polls remained open until 7 o’clock but only 137 of the 253 qualified voters visited the polls. (Votes were cast for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, general treasurer and for state senator and representative, as well as a constitutional amendment and for state roads and armory loan.)

From the Newport Daily News, November 9. 1905:

A threshing machine with gasoline power arrived on the island yesterday from Fall River, to thresh the grain for the farmers here.

From the Newport Daily News, November 10, 1905:

The exceptionally fine weather this fall caused the cottagers to remain longer than usual. There are still three families of the summer colony left, but these will be gone by the last of next week, ending the longest and best cottage season ever had here.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 6, 1930:

On returning to the upper hall (at the Conanicut Grange Armistice Day program), Jesse C. Tefft, a world war veteran, was introduced as the master of ceremonies. Mr. Tefft made a short speech on Armistice day, saying that 12 years ago, the greatest war of all wars was ended, and then called on John Boone, also a war veteran, to sound “taps,” in memory of the boys who went west. From the Newport Daily News, November 8, 1930:

Afootball game was played at the Thomas H. Clarke School Friday afternoon between the school team and a team managed by Clifford Wright, Jr., composed of Jamestown boys, the Clarke team winning by 7-3.

From the Newport Daily News, November 10, 1930:

Plans for the observance of Armistice Day by Jamestown Post, No. 22, American legion, have been completed, and the program includes a parade, Armistice Day exercises and a ball at St. Mark’s hall in the evening, with Bill Bailey’s orchestra of Newport furnishing music. (A program also took place at the Carr school.)

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1930:

Perfect weather favored the Jamestown Post American legion yesterday, and added much to the success of the Armistice Day program. The parade started promptly at 10:15, from St. Mark’s hall, marching to the ferry and then to the town hall, where exercises were held on the lawn and a tribute paid to the dead. While the bell on St. Matthew’s Church tolled, a volley was fired by the color guard and taps were sounded by the bugler. At 11 o’clock all stood in silence for one moment, after which all the orders and those assembled went into the hall, where impressive services were held.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 9, 1955:

The Jamestown Girls Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsoring a Jamestown Night Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Theater. The 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Cubs, American Legion Auxiliary, Conanicut Grange, the Three and One Hill Billys band and other organizations will present skits, in addition to a movie.

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1955:

The Jamestown Recreation Center will reopen immediately for youth activities after being closed last week for lack of cooperation of the young people. Leon Munger, supervisor of recreation, said today the boys and girls turned out to restore order to the interior of the building. Walls, which had been defaced by writing were washed, and the gymnasium floor has been refinished with the assistance of men stationed at the Radar Facility in charge.

The newly-acquired colors of the Arnold-Zweir Post 22 American Legion were on display for the first time as members marched in the Armistice Day parade in Jamestown.

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

(advertisement) Jamestown Country Club Restaurant. Boiled Lobster $5.95. Stuffed Chicken Breast $5.95. Surf and Turf $8.95. Baked Stuffed Shrimp $6.95. Lobster Saute $7.95. Baked Lasagna $4.95.

From the Newport Daily News, November 8, 1980:

The School Committee at a recent work session received a report on the needed repairs and structural changes at Jamestown School. . . . The structural changes include soundproofing the community room and audio visual room, acoustical treatment for the all-purpose room, and replacement of the rigid section of windows with shelving to cut down on heat loss and to allow for more shelf space in open-classroom wing.

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1980:

The draft of the new proposed zoning ordinance is complete and the Town Council will meet Dec. 1 with the Planning Board to being its review.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 8, 1990:

An above average number of Jamestowners went to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the 1990 general elections. . . . Of the 3,347 registered voters in Jamestown, 73.6 percent (2,465) went to the polls Tuesday.

It took three days and lots of patience, but the first pre-fabricated section of the new Jamestown Bridge was finally lifted into place Saturday afternoon. The lift was originally estimated to take eight hours. The 2,400-ton concrete span, measuring 167 feet long, will now be tied into the supporting piers with cable and concrete.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 9, 1995:

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets for the Jamestown Community Theatre’s (JCT) production of “The Sound of Music”. . . . This show marks the 12th stage production of the JCT since it was established five years ago.

(photo caption) Island restaurants will host a “Taste of Jamestown” Monday evening to benefit the fire department. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Country Club Restaurant. (This was the first “Taste of Jamestown.”)

Jamestown Library Director Judith H. Bell was this week named “Librarian of the Year” by the Rhode Island Library Association.

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