2006-06-08 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of June 8

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, June 7, 1906:

The grammar room has purchased, with the unexpected portion of the proceeds of the entertainment of May 3, after the liquidation of the piano debt, a plaster case of Volke's bust of Lincoln. This has been placed on a beech wood bracket made by Messrs. Anthony and Caswell.

The work of widening and repairing the macadam road on Narragansett avenue, from Green lane to Howland avenue, was finished today. The gutters have been graded and paved for a portion of that distance, and the sidewalks have been graded and their edges sodded, making a substantial and attractive piece of road.

It is understood that there is a movement on foot to have suitable signs, with the names of the streets thereon, placed on the public highways of the town.

From the Newport Daily News, June 8, 1906:

Servants arrived today to open the W.S. Woodward cottage at the Dumplings.

Mr. G.H. Sweet has placed in front of his residence on Clinton avenue a 2,000 candle power gasoline light, the brilliant illumination from which is causing much comment.

From the Newport Daily News, June 11, 1906:

The Providence Telephone Company has installed a complete new apparatus in the central office, and has secured the services of Thomas Sheehan as night operator. Miss J. Clarke and Miss M. Watson will be the day operators.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 6, 1931:

The last session of the Americanization classes was held last evening at the Thomas H. Clarke school. There was a good attendance of the pupils and in the reviews of the work done during the term all showed progress.

Stephen Smith has leased for the season the John E. Watson cottage on Narragansett avenue having rented his cottage on Clinton avenue.

Mrs. Ernest Hull has leased her cottage on Maple street to Lieutenant Commander Daniel Miller, and will occupy during the summer the Morell cottage on Clarke street.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 5, 1956:

No signs of any positive steps toward establishment of a refinery have been evident in Jamestown in the wake of Saturday's favorable 3-1straw vote by townspeople, but a Town Council spokesman indicated last night that the wishes of the majority would rule.

From the Newport Daily News, June 6, 1956:

Mrs. Loudensinger (of the Jamestown Visiting Nurse Association) reported 160 home visits made during March and April and 102 hours of school work. An educational health movie was shown to one civic group and two child health conferences were held.

The Commerce Oil Refining Company intends to build and run its own plant in either Jamestown or Portsmouth and will not transfer its operation to any other company.

From the Newport Daily News, June 7, 1956:

Grades 7 and 8 of the Jamestown Elementary School held their annual field day yesterday at the recreation field. Grades 4, 5, and 6 will hold their field day tomorrow.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 4, 1981:

The Planning Commission was asked Wednesday night what action it plans to curb the rapid growth to the town since 1970. (It was reported) that Jamestown showed a 30 percent increase in population from 1970 to 1981.

From the Newport Daily News, June 5, 1981:

The School Committee Thursday night discussed an interior building change, involving a substantial sum of money under the capital improvement fund. The committee invited architect Richard Long to estimate the cost of converting 15 feet of the all-purpose room for use as an audio-visual room on the ground floor and a storage room on the second floor. Long estimates the cost at $28,005.

From the Newport Daily News, June 9, 1981:

The Jamestown Ambulance Association has purchased a Ford super van for its town ambulance at a cost of $22,500. . . . "By next fall we will be faced with the cost of a new radio system, according to state law," (Ambulance Association Cmdr. Robert L.) Broadhead said. . . . "We will have to spend $10,000 for radio equipment for our two ambulances." Each ambulance will have a radio; Jamestown has a third ambulance for disaster use. "We received $100 for the old Cadillac ambulance for junk," Broadhead said.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 6, 1991:

The Town Council in a 30-minute emergency meeting Monday evening voted to endorse an amended version of a resolution currently before the state legislature that seeks to delay construction of the new bridge-connector road.

Although the deer-tick population in Rhode Island has increased this year . . . Jamestowners shouldn't be overly concerned about Lyme disease.

Construction of Jamestown's new school building on Melrose Avenue is nearly complete.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 6, 1996:

Water loss from a break in the water main on Conanicus Avenue, across from the Bank of Newport, last week was minimal.

This week, Jamestown's two Odyssey of the Mind teams returned from the OM World Finals at Iowa State University where they joined 13,000 participants from 48 states and 20 foreign countries. . . . The eighth grade Tall Tales of John Jivery Team . . . placed an astonishing second in the long-term problem section of the competition. They came in 26th overall. . . . The fifth and sixth grade Omvention team placed 23rd overall.

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