2005-11-24 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of November 23
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 came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 21, 1905:

Fishing for tautog from the rocks is over and the fishermen are now catching codfish, a large number being seen at Beavertail daily.

From the Newport Daily News, November 24, 1905:

Mr. Charles Sowles shipped a handsome load of turkeys to Newport yesterday for the Thanksgiving trade.

From the Newport Daily News, November 25, 1905:

Representatives of a Providence firm, who have been making a house-to-house canvass to secure old furniture, crockery, etc., recently purchased on the island about 20 plates stamped with pictures of old public buildings of Baltimore. It is understood that the price paid was $65.

From the Newport Daily News, November 27, 1905:

A number of young people are taking advantage of the fine fall weather by playing golf. Yesterday the course was well patronized, and some good scores were made, although the grounds were not in a very good condition.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 24, 1930:

The Home Demonstration Cooking class held a meeting on Saturday afternoon, at the home of Mrs. William Gladding on Eldred avenue with Miss Nettie Simmons, home demonstration agent, in charge with but one member absent. Macaroni and cheese en casserole, with bread, butter and milk was the menu.

From the Newport Daily News, November 25, 1930:

The local Post of the American Legion had a banner crowd at its bridge and whist, which was held in St. Mark’s hall last evening, 25 tables being played.

From the Newport Daily News, November 26, 1930:

It was voted (at the school committee meeting) to purchase a basket ball for the boys; also to give permission to sell the school newspaper, “The Broadcaster,” edited by the pupils which is soon to be published. Superintendent Trowt and Committeeman A.E. Tefft were appointed a committee to obtain information in regard to securing Holy Ghost hall for basket ball games.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 23, 1955:

Fruit Industries, Inc., which had planned an orange juice distribution plant employing more than 100 persons in Jamestown, today notified Francis X. Sullivan Real Estate Co., that it will locate in New York City for the time being.

A total of 66 children of Grades 1 and 2 received their second polio vaccine shots yesterday morning.

From the Newport Daily News, November 25, 1955:

Adim view o f prospects for a Newport-Jamestown bridge or tunnel within the next 15 years was taken by traffic engineers as reported in the prospectus issued by the Mount Hope Bridge Authority for the sale of bonds earlier this month.

From the Newport Daily News, November 29, 1955:

The Jamestown Town Council, at its meeting last night, offered full cooperation to the Navy in an effort to have Fort Burnside, the Beavertail section of the island, opened the year round to visitors, townspeople and sportsmen. The area has been closed for a number of years for security reasons except for summer months, when both the Navy and town have a guard patrolling the inclosure.

Sunday selling and victualizing licenses were granted to Ye Old Yacht Club. . . . The club’s headquarters will be in the renovated clubhouse formerly occupied by the Conanicut Yacht Club. . . . Mrs. Boone said it will be used as headquarters for the Jamestown Drum and Bugle Corps and membership cards will be issued to both teenagers and adults. In the summer, boats may use the dock for a membership fee which will be independent of the club fee.

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

The Jamestown Shores Association will send a letter to the Department of Transportation asking for an evaluation of the proposed new Jamestown Bridge. . . . It has been reported that DOT has in the design stage an 83-foowide bridge twice the width of the Newport Bridge, the proposed bridge has six lanes, a divider and a bike path.

From the Newport Daily news, November 25, 1980:

The (Town) Council approved seeking bids to reshingle the century-old Town Hall roof. (The estimated cost was $2,000.)

From the Newport Daily News, November 25, 1980:

The town’s Water Department may switch to South Pond at the end of the week to give North reservoir a chance to replenish its water supply.

From the Newport Daily News, November 28, 1980:

The pupils of Grade 2 at Jamestown School prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for their classes Wednesday.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 21, 1990:

It has been nearly five years in the making, but Jamestown’s new police station should be ready for occupancy by early May. (A photo also appears for a groundbreaking ceremony.)

Jamestown’s waste water treatment plant continues to be one of the most efficient in the state, consistently achieving 90 percent waste removal rates, according to an annual report from the director of the public works department.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 22, 1995:

A computer the public can use to access real estate and property tax information will soon be available at Town Hall.

Although municipal water customers may have been inconvenienced by restrictions on water use caused by the summer’s drought, at least they will not be seeing a rate increase on their water bills. . . . While the town was spending $5,500 a month to buy water from North Kingstown to make up for the short supply at the island’s North Pond reservoir, that expense was offset by money saved through closing down the towns water treatment plant at South Pond.

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