2006-08-24 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 24
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 21, 1906:

The lobster car belonging to the Jamestown market was broken open last night and about 75 pounds of lobsters stolen. Considerable complaint has been heard recently from others who have had their baiting crabs stolen from cars along the waterfront.

From the Newport Daily News, August 23, 1906:

The extension to the Ferry wharf presented an animated appearance last night. Besides the usual crowd assembled to watch the departure of the New York boat and to take the ferry to Newport, there were about 400 passengers for the New Line steamer Kennebec, 350 of them being a draft of sailors in uniform from the Training Station on their way to join the Colorado and Maryland, which are under orders to leave soon for China.

From the Newport Daily News, August 27, 1906:

Flounder fishing from the head of the extension at ferry wharf is very good and each day sees a number of amateur fishermen trying their luck.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 22, 1931:

The American Legion Carnival, which is to open Monday, promises to be the best affair of the kind ever held in Jamestown. ... All booths will be in working order early in the day and the one which will attract attention as one enters the grounds is the Gibson candy booth and the novelty game of Gibson candies.

There was a large attendance of the summer colony at the Casino last evening when the third in the series of Friday evening entertainments was held. Last evening competition dancing was on the program and colorful gowns worn by the women made the ball room a charming scene.

50 years ago.

From the Newport Daily News, August 22, 1956:

Jamestown is short two teachers qualified to teach grades 6, 7, and 8. . . . Anew tentative bus schedule for children living beyond the mile zone was adopted (at the School Committee meeting). The school bus will start to pick up high school pupils at Conanicut Park at 7:15, arriving at the ferry wharf at 7:50. Returning to the park area for the elementary school children, the bus will leave the ferry at 7:55 for Conanicut Park, arriving at the school at 8:25. . . . Taxi service instead of a second bus will be provided for children from the Beavertail area.

Full details of plans, finances and marketing were asked of the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. last night by the Jamestown Town Council as a prerequisite before the town can take action on granting necessary permits.

From the Newport Daily News, August 24, 1956:

The Jamestown Protective Assn., battling against a $20,000,000 refinery by the Commerce Oil Co. on the island, will hold an open meeting tonight at the Recreation Center.

The Jamestown Town Council, at a special meeting last night at the police station, voted to purchase an eight-cylinder Ford automobile from Central Garage. (The cost was $1,657 plus trade-in allowance on the present 1955 Plymouth.)

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 21, 1981:

A letter from the state transportation direct to the Town Council president has started another chapter in the continuing controversy over the proposed Jamestown Bridge project. . . . In his letter (Wendall J.) Flanders listed the "misstatements" and then the "facts" to clarify those statements made in the media and by town officials concerning the bridge plans

From the Newport Daily News, August 24, 1981:

The final environmental impact statement on the new proposed Jamestown Bridge has been approved by the regional federal highway administrator in Albany. It is ready to be sent to Washington for the next set of approvals..

From the Newport Daily News, August 26, 1981:

The Zoning Board of Review Tuesday night denied an application to build a multi-family housing (unit) for the elderly on Conanicus Avenue in an R20 residential zone.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 22, 1991:

Hurricane Bob arrived much sooner than many Jamestowners expected. Islanders rushed early Monday to prepare for the storm's arrival by securing boats, boarding up windows, and stocking up on food and other essentials such as batteries and candles.

Jamestowners worked this week to clean up the destruction and debris left in the wake of Hurricane Bob on Monday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, most of Conanicut Island was without electricity.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 22, 1996:

Twenty adults and six juniors participated this past weekend in the second annual Jamestown Island '96 (a kayak race), which featured strong winds, teamwork and perseverance.

The members of an Administrative Search Committee were announced during last Thursday's School Committee meeting. The advisory panel will select possible candidates to fill the vacancy that will be created when current Principal and Superintendent Phyllis Schmidt retires at the end of this year.

After four years and a good deal of controversy, the new ball field at the former intersection of Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road will open Sunday, Aug. 25, with a half hour dedication ceremony slated for noon.

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