2006-07-20 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 20
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 75 and 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 17, 1906:

The Conanicut Park Hotel, after years of idleness, is again occupied. The management of the Rhode Island Hospital has long been looking for a place near the seashore to establish a summer place for convalescent children. . . . Last Friday men started to put the place in order, and Monday evening 12 children with nurses and orderlies arrived by the Providence boat. . . . A portion of the bathing beach is to be put in first class condition and roped off to make a safe bathing place for the little ones, and with the attractive outdoor life of the place the little invalids are fortunate, and should be benefited.

From the Newport Daily News, July 23, 1906:

Today one of the linemen of the Providence Telephone Company was secured to climb the flagpole on Hotel Thorndike and reeve the halyards and the American flag was run up at noon for the first time this season.

A large number of automobile parties crossed the ferries yesterday, on their way from Newport to Narragansett Pier.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 18, 1931:

(At the Town Council meeting) the petition of C.H. King, Joseph P. Jewett, Frederick F. Lewis and Andrew T. King that a year-round street light be located on the corner of Marine and Narragansett avenue was granted.

The report of Lewis W. Hull, superintendent of the town's crusher, amounting to $650 was received and recorded.

From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1931:

Members and stockholders and families of the Alliance Finance Corporation of Providence held a clambake Saturday afternoon on the grounds of the Holy Ghost Society.

A large number attended the dance at the Holy Ghost hall Saturday evening. The Hawaiian Ramblers orchestra of Providence furnished music for dancing and several parties from Newport and Providence were present.

From the Newport Daily News, July 22, 1931:

The question of cashing checks for the summer residents was taken up (by the Jamestown Board of Trade). . . . A committee . . . was appointed to investigate and report back at the next meeting. . . . Mr. Smith spoke on the matter of establishing a local bank.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1956:

After four members of the Jamestown Town Council met last night with three representatives of the Jamestown Protective Association at the home of Councilman Fred A. Caswell on Green Lane, Caswell announced to the press that the meeting was only an informal discussion of the opinion of each about an oil refinery in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, July 24, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night ordered Pickett M. Grieg, town attorney, to prepare a suitable zoning ordinance amendment for use if the oil refinery is approved.

Dr. Charles B. Ceppi was appointed health officer for Jamestown for the remainder of the fiscal year at a yearly salary of $300 by the Jamestown Town Council. . . . Dr. Alfred B. Gobeille, Council chairman, was health officer under the Democratic administration, has carried on the duties of the office until a successor was named.

The J.M. Cleminshaw Co., of Cleveland, notifies the Council it would be unable to consider a contract this year for a property revaluation survey but could do the work in 1957.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1981:

Several issues were discussed at the Planning board meeting Wednesday night concerning wetlands, the Jamestown Golf Course, paper roads, Route 138 and a new housing proposal.

From the Newport Daily News, July 21, 1981:

The Taxpayers Association's main concerns are with the town's water system, zoning ordinance, preservation of the golf course and the growth of Jamestown, the president of the organization told the Town Council at a workshop Monday night.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 18, 1991:

The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to establish a panel composed primarily of business owners to advise the council on the island's economic issues.

The Jamestown Community Theatre's fall production will be the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 18, 1996:

Jamestown was spared Bertha's full wrath this past weekend when she passed through as a tropical storm rather than a fullfledged hurricane.

Restrictions limiting residents' outdoor water use to odd or even calendar days are still in effect, despite what seemed like heavy rains from tropical storm Bertha.

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will hold its 65th annual summer sale this Saturday, July 20.

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