2006-06-15 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of June 15

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 12, 1906:

The horses and carriages of Mr. S.W. Woodward arrived here today.

A steel motor boat, for Mrs. E.A. Earnshaw, arrived yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, June 14, 1906:

Steamer Conanicut and Captain Champlin's launch Twentieth Century had a friendly brush on the 12 o'clock trip of the ferry from here today, the Conanicut coming off victorious.

The office of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company here will open Monday for the season, with Mr. Scott Lawrence in charge.

From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1906:

Mr. Herbert S. Weeden of Fall River has completed the installation of an acetylene lighting plant in the Champlin House and the Dr. Bates sanitorium (sic).

According to the Westerly Sun, Dr. Bates of the Jamestown Sanitarium was at Watch Hill Saturday and purchased a large stock of furniture from the Larkin House, which will be used in furnishing the annex to the sanitarium. The furniture was brought here on tug Westerly.

From the Newport Daily News, June 16, 1906:

Mr. Abbott Chandler left today on a trip to Boston, Quincy, Roxbury and Plymouth, to secure additional knockabouts to his fleet of boats for the coming season.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1931:

A beach party and treasure hunt was held Saturday evening by the members of the Conanicut 4-H Clothing Club. After a short stay at the beach, the party assembled at the home of Mary Perry on Narragansett avenue and all started on the trail which included a number of stops, a few of which were West ferry, grange hall, Casino pier, and finally they returned to the starting point, where the treasure was found by John Barry.

From the Newport Daily News, June 19, 1931:

The Purchasing Agents' Association of Rhode Island will hold its annual reunion at the Beavertail Country Club, Beavertail road, next Wednesday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 12, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night endorsed next week as Clean-Up Week in cooperation with the Jamestown division of Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

The Council gave permission for the use of one of the buildings in the Fort Getty reservation to the recreation department for the Speed Shifters as an auto repair shop

The request for a joint pole location for the Newport Electric Company and New England Tel. and Tel. Co. on Narragansett Avenue adjacent to Coronado Street was granted.

From the Newport Daily News. June 13, 1956:

The Navy Harbor Defense Unit reservation at Beavertail in Jamestown will be open to the public on a full 24-hour basis starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The grounds may be entered except on those days when operational exercises are scheduled there. . . . The Navy's invitation does not include the use of U.S. Coast Guard property on the tip of the Beavertail Point, where the lighthouse is located. . . . The decision to open the Navy property was reached following agreement with the Jamestown Town Council to provide necessary civilian security measures to insure that the privilege is not abused.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1981:

Seven firemen, including trainees, were injured Sunday night while battling a fire that destroyed an abandoned observation tower at Fort Wetherill. From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1981:

Sixty Jamestown pupils received their diplomas Tuesday night at Jamestown School during graduation exercises in the gymnasium.

The town is still waiting to learn if the federal Government Services Administration will permit the Fort Wetherill waterfront property to become Jamestown property. The town is leasing the property, and town officials and Waterfront Authority members are frustrated by the government agency's slow movement.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 13, 1991:

The Town Council wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold off on issuing the state Department of Transportation a permit to build the cross-island highway until "grave concerns" about the new road's impact on public safety, the environment, and local traffic circulation are resolved.

The Jamestown Under-10 soccer team won the Division 3 Under-10 State Championship of the Rhode Island Spring Competitive Soccer League this past weekend.

The Jamestown Department of Public Works is more progressive than some town residents may realize. Rather than incinerating sludge, a product of wasterwater treatment, Jamestown has a composting program that has been in effect for approximately six years.

A pier on the new Jamestown Bridge has been found to contain faulty concrete.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 13, 1996:

For the first time in many years, Jamestown may have its own Fourth of July fireworks, but they would be a little early - on July 2. The Town Council Monday voted to grant Community Chorus Director B.J. Whitehouse and Community Band drummer Fred Brome use of the town beach at Mackerel Cove as the staging area for a public fireworks display.

Plans were unveiled this week for a new Veterans Memorial at East Ferry. "We hope to have this ready for Memorial Day 1997," said Ed Connelly, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Square Committee.

The Jamestown Under-10 girls' soccer team won the Rhode Island Cup tournament this past weekend.

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