2006-08-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 17
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 13, 1906:

Wild blackberries are unusually plentiful on the island this season, and notwithstanding the numerous wagon loads taken to Newport markets each morning on the early boats, the bushes are laden with the fruit going to waste.

From the Newport Daily News, August 20, 1906:

The residents of Shoreby Hill have had several charges of dynamite discharged off Shoreby Hill pier, to remove the eel-grass and make the bathing safer. The experiment was successful, as each charge uprooted a quantity of the seaweed.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 13, 1931:

At a special meeting of the town council, it was voted that the town's attorney be instructed to draw up the ordinance regarding letter carrier service to comply with the postal regulations and the postoffice departments plat, specifying the streets which have such service.

From the Newport Daily News, August 17, 1931:

The annual three-day fair of the Holy Ghost Society started today at the Holy Ghost hall. Dancing and amusements will be attractions this evening, and "The Royal Ace" orchestra will furnish music.

From the Newport Daily News, August 18, 1931:

(Letter to the editor) Gardens being very much on our minds just now, and also on our hands, I am reminded of an old garden in Jamestown, some 50 or 60 years ago, at what is now known as the R.C. Vose place, then owned and occupied by John Jay Watson familiarly known as "Uncle" to many not of lineal descent. He had what was the only garden of any pretension in Jamestown at that time, starting in the front of the house and extending toward the shore, through two terraces.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 13, 1956:

Livestock, clothing, foods, crafts, vegetables and flower arrangement exhibits featured the largest display of 4-H work ever shown at the annual Jamestown G arden Show yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, August 15, 1956:

Bathing continued today at Jamestown's East Ferry Beach in face of a warning by the state Department of Health that it is unfit for bathing because of raw sewage flowing into the area.

From the Newport Daily News, August 16, 1956:

The Jamestown Protective Assn. yesterday circulated petitions opposing construction of an oil refinery in Jamestown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 13. 1981:

Walter S. Douglas, president of the Jamestown Taxpayers Association, last week said a new Jamestown Bridge as wide as the Newport Bridge is "entirely adequate."

From the Newport Daily News, August 17, 1981:

The fourth annual "Fools' Rules Regatta" included 37 "vessels" attracted the biggest crowd yet to the town beach along Shoreby Hill.

From the Newport Daily News, August 18, 1981:

The impact on the town of a major oil or gas strike on Georges Bank was discussed by the Coastal Resources Management Council and town officials Monday night. If a major oil or gas strike is made, an onshore oil drilling support of 6,000 to 10,000 people may be based at Quonset. . . . The Coastal Resources Council is trying to make communities surrounding Quonset aware of problems. For example, the effect of 4 or 5 oil drilling rigs anchored off Jamestown.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 15, 1991:

Town Council members are set to meet with the governor's assistant chief of staff, Frank McMahon, this morning at 10 a.m. in Providence to voice their concerns over the state Department of Transportation's plans to build a cross-island highway. . . . The DOT wants to build a fourlane highway divided by a 30-foot median that would have an average total of about 100 feet. Most opponents believe the road must be four lanes to accommodate traffic, but could be narrower overall.

Jamestowners will head toward the water at East Ferry town beach this Saturday for the 14th running of the Fools' Rules Regatta.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 15, 1996:

Most local business people said the same thing when asked about how business is doing this summer: "Look at the weather." Others said that business has been steady, but the customers and the items people are buying are different.

The Town Council voted Tuesday to spend up to $5,000 to have a professional appraiser determine the worth of the town-owned golf course both as a leased nine-hole course and as a piece of real estate.

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