2006-06-01 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of June 1

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 26, 1906:

On the last trip of the ferry from Newport last night there were 191 passengers, the larger number of whom were bound to New York on the Enterprise Line.

From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1906:

(At the Town Council meeting) G.H. Sweet was given permission to place two gasoline lights on the streets for exhibition.

Robert E. Sherman was awarded the contract to light the street lights, at $15 a month.

From the Newport Daily News, May 30, 1906:

The Jamestown Brass Band visited Block Island yesterday to play for the Memorial day exercises there.

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1906:

Awhaleback steamer and two whaleback barges, which have been anchored off the east ferry, sailed this noon to the westward.

People whose cottages and camps have been closed during the winter state that woodpeckers have been more than usually destructive this year, numerous holes having been pecked through the shingles and boarding.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1931:

That Jamestown is to enjoy another active summer is apparent from the large list of cottages that have been leased for the season. These rentals compare quite favorably with other years, and were made through the offices of A.C. Knowles and Meredith & Clarke, and through the new office of the Island Realty Co., Inc. (The article includes the names of the renters and the places they are renting.)

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1931:

Promptly at 10 o'clock Memorial day, sounds of the Jamestown Post, American Legion bugle and drum corps, could be heard in the distance, as members left the town hall and marched down Narragansett avenue, then to Shoreby hill where the different organizations had assembled and shortly after, the line was formed.

From the Newport Daily News, June 2, 1931:

The Jamestown Country Club has opened for the season, with Mrs. Marie Brazil in charge of the dining room. John Murray of Jamestown has accepted the position as "pro." There were a large number of visitors from out of town over the weekend. The Beavertail Country Club was also well patronized Saturday and Sunday, an especially large number of people from Massachusetts being seen on the links.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night received two requests to defer Saturday's so-called "straw vote" on the proposed oil refinery. On another front in the continuing refinery location battle, the Portsmouth Priory asked the Rhode Island Development Council whether the Portsmouth site had been given up.

From the Newport Daily News, May 31, 1956:

Speaking at the Four Corners Cemetery before veterans groups, townspeople and civic organization representatives, Arthur A. Carrellas emphasized the way the survivors of war can truly honor the dead. . . . A parade sponsored by the Arnold-Zweir Post 22 American Legion . . . was reviewed by members of the Town Council.

Paul Whitehead, chairman of the Jamestown Board of Canvassers, said today that there should be no cause for confusion in voting on Saturday on the two questions to come before the Jamestown electorate at Saturday's town meeting. Whitehead said each issue, the straw vote ballots on the proposed refinery, and the ballots on the sale of the Ferry Company assets to the Ferry Authority, will be deposited in two separate ballot boxes.

From the Newport Daily News, June 4, 1956:

Jamestown taxpayers at a special financial town meeting Saturday approved 791 to 51 the state assuming the town ferry holdings for $270,000. At the same meeting, citizens voted three to one in favor of establishing an oil refinery at the north end of town. A total of 1,020 of the 1,591 eligible voters turned out to register a straw vote of 777 to 233 on the refinery proposal.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1981:

The new Town Council's first public hearing on a proposed noise ordinance drew barely a whisper Tuesday night.

From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1981:

The Jamestown School Chorus Wednesday presented its spring concert titled "Music of the '40s."

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1981:

The Jamestown Shores Association is busy making summer plans for Shore Beach. . . . Parking stickers for the Jamestown Shores Beach may be purchased. . . . Plans were made to resume the summer arts and crafts lessons for children at the Beacon Avenue clubhouse.

From the Newport Daily News, June 2, 1981:

Archeologists are in Jamestown seeking permission of land owners along Route 138 to do archeological digs on their property. . . . "The governor has made the statement that I-895 is off the state maps and the state will go back to up-grades of primary roads." The survey is being done under the auspices of Wilbur Smith and Associates in Providence, and the Historical Preservation Commission of the state.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 31, 1991:

The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to charge the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority a service fee for the use its office occupies near the Newport Bridge toll plaza.

The Teddeman Hull House, formerly of Eldred Avenue and now of North Road, was moved Wednesday morning, rather than be demolished to make room for the four-lane Route 138. . . . (T)he 1840s farmhouse will be used as a visitors orientation center for the Watson Farm, where the Teddeman Hull House has been relocated.

The cross-island highway and summertime traffic tie-ups in the Route 138 corridor once again became an issue during Monday night's Town Council meeting. Opponents of the new road urged town officials to support a resolution currently before the state legislature that asks the state Department of Transportation to delay construction of the bridge connector highway for at least one year after the new bridge is completed.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 31, 1996:

(photo caption) Don Richardson, a member of Jamestown's VFW Post, was among the many veterans who marched in the annual Memorial Day parade Monday. Fair weather greeted the parade-goers who lined Narragansett Avenue and East Ferry.

The former Shoreby Hill Casino on Conanicus Avenue may have resembled a crime scene Tuesday evening, but Newport police cars were only movie props. The Casino served as a setting for one scene in the low-budget film "Code of Ethics" being shot in Rhode Island this month.

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