2006-05-04 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of May 4

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, May 2, 1906:

Mr. Joseph Atkinson of Boston was in town today, to represent the Bay View Company at the auction sale of linen and dishes of the Bay View House. The sale was concluded about noon, only a portion of the articles being sold, the larger part having been previously disposed of at a private sale.

The largest crowd gathered at any event in Jamestown except during the summer months was on the new dock to greet steamer Frank Jones of the Enterprise line last evening, when she stopped for the first time on her way from Fall River to New York.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 1, 1931:

Adelegation of pupils of the Thomas H. Clarke school attended the meetings (of the School Committee) and asked for the privilege of selling tickets for a school dance. Permission was granted.

May 4 to May 9, inclusive, is to be "Clean-Up week" for Jamestown, and a special committee is in charge of a campaign aimed to make the town spick and span before the arrival of the large number of summer visitors expected.

From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1931:

A dance sponsored by the students of the seventh grade of the Thomas H. Clarke school was held in the school hall last evening. A large number of the pupils, both of the local school and Rogers High and parents were present. Music was furnished by the "Night Hawk" orchestra, under the leadership of Daniel Murray, with Ola Hinckley at the piano, Earle C. Roberts cornet, Peter Murray banjo, Harold Curtis drums and Sidney Hobart saxophone.

From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1931:

A party of young people, numbering about 30, held a straw ride Saturday evening, employing Caswell's large truck, the route being from Beavertail to Conanicut park.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 30, 1956:

Jamestown will hold its annual town election Wednesday. The pre-election campaign has been a quiet one. Republicans so far have been content to send out cards with candidates names and short biographies. No rallies have been held as in previous years. The Democrats are seeking their seventh term in office.

From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1956:

By 1:30 p.m., 315 had gone to the Recreation Center to vote, compared with 225 by 1 p.m. in last year's election and 211 by 1 p.m. in 1954.

Jamestown is observing Heritage Week, commemorating the 180th anniversary of the state's Act of Independence, under the auspices of the Jamestown Historical Society.

From the Newport Daily News, May 3, 1956:

Jamestown Republicans scored a decisive victory in the annual town election yesterday in winning all four contested seats and taking several other offices, as they broke the six-year Democratic reign on town affairs.

From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1956:

The Republican victory in Wednesday's Jamestown election may have its aftermath during the financial town meeting tomorrow when a budget totaling $305,354.42, prepared by the outgoing Democratic Council comes up for consideration. . . . Present indications point towards a move to reduce appropriations so that the tax rate will be held at the present $31 level.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 29, 1981:

Growth, water, zoning and quality education at an affordable price are the concerns of Jamestown candidates, Republicans and Democrats alike. These concerns were expressed at a candidates' night Wednesday at the school. The town election is Tuesday.

From the Newport Daily News. May 1, 1981:

Brush and grass fires, all of suspicious origin, continue to plague town firemen. More than twelve have been set within the last week.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 3, 1991:

The Democrats won big Wednesday, upsetting three Republican incumbents to garner four out of five seats on the Town Council. In addition, the Democrats won both School Committee seats and the Town Moderator race.

Jamestowner Mike Plant returned to Narragansett Bay last Monday morning completing a successful 27,000mile circumnavigation in the BOC race. Plant and his boat, Duracell, were fifth on the final leg from Punta del Este, Uruguay to Newport. He finished the 6,000 mile leg in 30 days, 48 minutes and 55 seconds.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 4, 1996:

You won't go away hungry from the 32nd annual May Breakfast. The Jamestown Rotary Club will serve islanders "all they can eat" from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Lawn Avenue School.

The six Jamestown teams that competed in the Rhode Island State Odyssey of the Mind Finals will present their short skits for the community this Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Melrose Avenue School.

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