2006-05-25 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of May 25

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 23, 1906:

Mr. James Oxx, on North road, recently had a chicken hatched with four complete legs. It is alive and thriving.

From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1906:

The local dealers are showing some pretty new souvenir postal cards of the water front of Jamestown.

United States Steamboat Inspectors Wilcox and Potter were in town today, to inspect ferryboat Beaver Tail. The boat was found in first class condition, and will go on the line between Jamestown and Saunderstown Decoration day.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1931:

Saturday next, national poppy day, will be observed and the people of Jamestown will have an opportunity to help the great work of the American Legion Auxiliary and pay a tribute to all who died in the service by buying a poppy.

From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1931:

There was a large attendance at the ball game at Head's field on Sunday afternoon, when an American Legion team from Providence and the Jamestown Post crossed bats. The home team won by the score of 4-2.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 22, 1956:

A citizens' committee met last night at the Jamestown Recreation Center to advance a campaign to establish an oil refinery on Conanicut Island. Another meeting will be held Thursday night at the center to elect officers.

From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1956:

Forty-five employees of the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Authority met last night at the Recreation Center to discuss thee Ferry Act passed in the last session of (the) General Assembly for the sale of assets to the state Authority. . . . (It) was explained in detail the provisions of the act as it would affect the ferry employees. It was pointed out that their positions would not be affected by the sale. They would continue under state civil service tenure. One advantage Captain Chew cited was the reduction in the town taxes.

From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1956:

Ruth Gobeille was crowned at the annual May festival yesterday morning at the Jamestown elementary school.

From the Newport Daily News, May 26, 1956:

The citizens' committee for the establishment of an oil refinery in Jamestown is sponsoring an essay contest open to High School and Grade 8 students of the town. The essay of 150 words or less is to stimulate interest in the refinery.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 26, 1931:

The traditional Memorial Day parade yesterday stepped off to the lively military tunes of the Rogers High School Band led by Theodore Durgin, band director. . . . During the line of march the parade paused at the Four Corners Town Cemetery for ceremonies and placing of the flowers in honor of veterans of many years. ... The parade was reviewed at the Fire Station stand by the Town Council and State Rep. Norma Willis.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 23, 1991:

The Jamestown Yacht Club requested use of facilities at Fort Wetherill at a hearing conducted by the Fort Wetherill Advisory Committee last Thursday. . . . The yacht club would like to secure a building accessible to water, with an office for club files, water access such as a public dock or slip, and a public meeting room or conference room.

Edward Holland, chairman of the Jamestown Housing Authority, has stepped down from his post after serving on that volunteer board for nearly 12 years.

The construction work is done and tenants are now moving into the new addition to the Pemberton Apartments. Of the 12 new units, which opened last month, 11 are committed to new tenants.

The state Department of Transportation will study a half acre-parcel that houses the remains of a 4,500-yearold Indian settlement that lies directly along the route of the proposed cross-island highway.

Eighteen birders participated in the 7th annual Conanicut Island Spring Bird Count on Sunday, May 11. ... Fourteen people divided into three groups to scour the island and count birds. Four others watched feeders at home and added five species to the total of 84 seen.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 23, 1966:

Municipal water customers can expect to see a price hike when thy get their bills next month. Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday voted to increase both the minimum meter rates and the excess gallon rate. Most homeowners have five-eighth-inch meters, and that rate went up $1.32, from $39.68 to $41 for the 5,000 gallon minimum. The excess rate jumped 10 cents, from $3.22 to $3.32, for each 1,000 gallons used over the 5,000-gallon minimum.

Ten-year-old Rebekah Wigton of Jamestown was all smiles Saturday after she won the state's first Soap Box Derby. Rebekah's entry, the Conanicut Marine Services car, edged out 49 other competitors in the Newport event.

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