2006-07-27 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 27
Compiled by Sue Maden

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, July 24, 1906:

The bad weather has caused the town to assume a quieter aspect than usual at this season of the year. The heavy rain of the morning kept all visitors away and practically stopped the through travel across the ferries between Newport and Narragansett, while the hotel and cottage colony have been obliged to seek indoor recreation.

From the Newport Daily News, July 25, 1906:

A float to accommodate small boats has been placed on the north side of the extension to Ferry wharf, for the use of the public, and will undoubtedly furnish a convenient landing place for launches, which have been landing at Knowles wharf.

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

Through the efforts of the Jamestown Board of Trade, with the co-operation of Congressman Clark Burdick, Jamestown is to have full letter carrier service in its business and residential district the whole year round, starting August 1. This will be contingent to the installation of proper mail receptacles at residences and business places, and on the proper numbering of buildings on various streets.

From the Newport Daily News, July 30, 1931:

A delightful evening was enjoyed at the Thorndyke hotel Wednesday when Fanny Washington, direct descendent of George Washington, gave one of her recitals of Southern songs and stories to a large and appreciative audience.

The members of the American Legion will give a party for the "fresh air" children tomorrow afternoon at the town beach.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 26, 1956:

Fire, believed to be caused by a defective television set, gutted Mrs. Tapper Tollefson's five-room frame cottage off Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, July 30, 1956:

A large number of Conanicut Yacht Club members were on hand Saturday at the club pier to view the water sports, revived after eight years.

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

Waterfront property at Fort Wetherill the town has been leasing from the Navy may be declared excess in September. . . . The waterfront includes seven acres of land with buildings and docking space.

From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1981:

A proposal to construct housing for the elderly received little support from the Town Council Monday night. The consulting firm representing Conanicut Associates, the company proposing to construct the development, presented building plans to the Council. The plans will go before the Zoning Board of Review tonight at a public hearing in an attempt to get approval of the necessary variances for construction. . . . The development includes four two-story wood framed buildings, each containing 25 units. The proposed site for the development is an 11acre plot between Conanicus Avenue and the golf course.

From the Newport Daily news, July 30, 1981:

The Reagan administration reacted favorably to a request that the width of the proposed Jamestown bridge be 54 feet or less.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 25, 1991:

Town officials are asking residents to voluntarily reduce their water use while the island weathers a hot, dry spell.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library will begin its community campaign for the library addition with a fundraising party at Horsehead.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 25, 1996:

Save the Bay, the state's largest private environmental protection agency, has given Jamestown's sewage treatment plant "a very positive rating."

The Jamestown Striper Club will hold its annual fishing derby at the reservoir on Saturday, July 27.

The opening reception for the Conanicut Island Art Association's 22nd annual Art Show will be held Wednesday, July 31.

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