2006-08-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 10
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, August 7, 1906:

Steamer Beaver Tail made a special trip last evening to accommodate an automobile party.

From the Newport Daily News, August 8, 1906:

Steamer Conanicut carried a large number of people on her late trip last evening to view the illumination of the battleships. The searchlight on the flag on cruiser Denver near the breakwater seemed to attract the crowds and she was applauded by the passengers each time the boat passed her.

From the Newport Daily News, August 9, 1906:

At 6 o'clock last evening the fleet of battleships which have been anchored off the east harbor since the first of last week, hoisted anchor and proceeded to sea, and the maneuvering of the ships as they swung into line was watched by crowds on shore. Although hundreds of the sailors have been ashore during the fleet's stay, not one complaint has been heard as to their conduct, while the officers have expressed their appreciation of their entertainment at the hotels and in the cottages.

From the Newport Daily News, August 10, 1906:

Beavertail has been visited the past three days by more than the usual number of automobile and carriage parties, the attraction being the New York Yacht Club fleet as it passed the point in entering and leaving Newport harbor.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 8, 1931:

During the electric storm which passed over the island at 5:45 last evening box 35 sounded, calling the apparapercent tus to the home of George Howland on East Shore road, where the lightning struck the radio wires and did considerable damage to the woodwork and the walls in the room where the radio was located.

Lights were out in all sections of the island for one and a half hours, and a delay was caused on the 6:30 ferry owing to the lack of electricity when docking the boats.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 6, 1956:

A driver stepped off the Jamestown ferry for a cooling swim yesterday afternoon while the boat plodded toward Newport carrying his car.

From the Newport Daily News, August 9, 1956:

The state today became owner of the 280-year-old Jamestown Ferry system. Title passed to the Jamestown Ferry Authority from the Town of Jamestown at a bill of sale signing last night.

The Saralu II, a 30-foot sport fishing boat, was launched yesterday at the Wharton Shipyard in Jamestown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 7, 1981:

The School Committee awarded a contract Thursday night to a Newport firm to build an audio visual and storage room in the Jamestown School cafeteria.

From the Newport Daily News, August 11, 1981:

The proposed new Jamestown Bridge could cause a 152 study (by Wilbur Smith and Associates) says that a new bridge would not cause an immediate population increase, but urges state and local planners to be ready to help local communities if and when these growth pressures occur.

The Jamestown Ambulance Association is making its first appeal for funds in over four years. Cmdr. Robert L. Broadhead said many financial emergencies have risen with the all-volunteer association that require extra money.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 8, 1991:

Members of the Town Council will discuss their concerns over the new cross-island road with high-ranking officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall.

The Town Council may consider picking up a tab for an archeological survey needed to build a new senior center, but not before the seniors themselves "explore all the various avenues for funding."

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 8, 1996:

The Golf Course Study Committee is scheduled to make its recommendations on what should be done with the town-owned golf course at the Town Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13. Although a complete report is not yet available, minutes of its meetings indicate that the committee will suggest that the town continue to lease the nine-hole course.

The second annual Jamestown Island Paddle, a kayak race around most of Conanicut Island to raise money for the Jamestown Senior Center, will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at the town beach at East Ferry.

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