2005-11-17 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of November 17
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, November 14, 1905:

Mr. Patrick McCafferty has finished the improvements to the grounds about the old windmill. Mr. McCafferty has built a stone wall and planted shrubbery and trees, besides otherwise beautifying the grounds.

From the Newport Daily News, November 15, 1905:

Mr. Eugene Peckham has the contract to build 1,000 feet of wall between the properties of Mr. Dumont Clarke and Mr. H. Audley Clarke at Beavertail.

From the Newport Daily News, November 16, 1905:

Mr. J.J. Watson has presented the Jamestown Improvement Society with a number of handsome maple trees, which are being put out on Southwest and Narragansett avenues, near the four corners. The society is also setting out other trees on Narragansett avenue, near the postoffice.

From the Newport Daily News, November 17, 1905:

Mr. Janek is putting a larger heating plant in his greenhouse on Southwest avenue.

From the Newport Daily News, November 18, 1905:

About 2,000 feet of the lumber lost from the deckload of schooner Parker, which was towed into Newport in a sinking condition Wednesday, has been picked up on the Hull Cove beach, near Beavertail.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 15, 1930:

The organ at St, Matthew’s Church is being repaired and an addition to the basement and the parish house is completed.

The Thomas H. Clarke and Clifford Wright football teams met on Head’s field Friday afternoon, the latter team being the winners by a score of 2-0.

From the Newport Daily News, November 18, 1930:

(At the Town Council meeting) a petition protesting against the constant breaking of the water main on Narragansett avenue, west of the Four Corners, and requesting that a new main be laid was received and recorded. From the Newport Daily News, November 20, 1930:

There was a good attendance at the first meeting of the winbonds. ter season of the Men’s Community Club in the basement of the Thomas H. Clarke school Tuesday evening, when Rev. Roy W. Magoun was the speaker, and gave an interesting talk on “Unemployment.” He told of the many out of work all over the country and mentioned the different plans suggested for relief. He especially stressed the thought, however, that the worst kind of unemployment is that of the mind.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 15, 1955:

The Jamestown Town Council at its regular meeting last night was asked by Dr. Alfred B. Gobeille, the president, to be ready to seek legislation from the General Assembly in January to authorize installation of parking meters in the town. This would conform with the vote of the financial town meeting last May, and would allow the meters on a trial basis at no cost to the taxpayers.

From the Newport Daily News, November 19, 1955:

The employees of the Jamestown Bridge Commission should be entitled to the benefits of the state employees cash sickness benefit according to the opinion of Andrew P. Quinn, attorney for the commission. . . . Charles Hull, manager, reported the gross revenues for the first 14 days in November, compared with the same period in 1954, was 5.8 percent less. The installation of mercury vapor lights on the bridge near the toll house is completed at a cost of $985.82.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 13, 1980:

Erosion problems on the Jamestown Bridge’s concrete support piers is not serious enough to close the bridge or limit traffic, said J. Norman Chopy, chief engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

From the Newport Daily News, November 14, 1980:

The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority last year paid a record share of the remaining $58-million mortgage on the Newport Bridge. . . . The $61 million Newport Bridge was financed by $30 million in revenue bonds and $31 million in state-guaranteed

The cost of building an additional classroom at Jamestown School for four special education pupils attending East Greenwich High School, may be cheaper than shuttling the youngsters off-island daily.

From the Newport Daily News, November 17, 1980:

Agatha Christie’s suspense packed mystery, The Mousetrap, kept its three-night audiences guessing as the Jamestown Players performance Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Jamestown Theatre.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 16, 1990:

A proposal to build a $1 million senior center was presented to the Town Council Monday night. The proposed facility, which would be located in a building currently owned by the Newman Building Materials, on Hammett Court, would serve as both a senior and community center.

A group of 10 island business people met last week in what was described as the first step on re-organizing the defunct Jamestown Business Association.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 16, 1995:

Despite budget problems that have forced the state Department of Transportation to put many of its projects on hold for at least three years, a $1.4 million landscaping project to beautify the cross-island highway is scheduled to begin next spring.

(photo captions) Members of the Jamestown VFW and American Legion posts conducted Veterans Day memorial services Saturday at East Ferry. Above, a rifle squad fires a salute. At left, a wreath is tossed on the water in memory of those who gave their lives at sea.

Monday evening’s “Taste of Jamestown,” featuring foods from 12 of the island’s restaurants, was “an overwhelming success.” Chuck Masso of the Jamestown Country Club Restaurant, where the event was held, said some 460 paid $12.50 a ticket to sample an appetizing array of fare, and some 600 people were turned away.

Another person could not have squeezed into the room Saturday for the dedication of the new senior Center at the Grange. The Jamestown Community Band was there. In fact, the band led the procession from East Ferry after the Veterans memorial ceremony concluded. The crowd marched up Narragansett Avenue, paused briefly to thank the congregations at St. Mark and St. Matthew’s churches for their support of the seniors, and then headed over to the new center. More than 200 people packed into the main room of the Grange Hall.

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