2006-08-31 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 31
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.

1 0 0 y e a r s a g o From the Newport Daily News, August 29, 1906:

The soldiers of Fort Greble will hold their annual field day tomorrow.

From the Newport Daily News, August 30, 1906:

A representative of the Fairbanks Company from Boston is installing a new set of tram scales in place of the old ones for the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company on their wharf.

The Jamestown Brass Band will give another of their outdoor concerts this evening on the porch of the yacht club.

The large crowds that have been visiting Newport daily the past week to attend tennis were missing today, the tournament ending yesterday.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 26, 1931:

All roads led to Jamestown to the American Legion carnival at the fire station grounds yesterday. Crowds were present at 3 o'clock when the carnival was opened with one of the prettiest parades ever held here.

From the Newport Daily News, August 27, 1931:

A public meeting is to be held in the town hall September 3 at 8 o'clock, for the purpose of discussing the question of municipal ownership of light and water.

The butlers and chauffeurs on the island held a beach party and dance at Mackerel Cove beach last evening.

From the Newport Daily News, August 29, 1931:

The ballroom at the Casino last evening was a scene of gaiety and color, when the costume ball closed the Friday evening entertainments for the season. The decorations consisted of masses of serpentine crepe paper and balloons of all colors.

From the Newport Daily News, August 31, 1931:

The American Legion carnival came to a close Saturday evening after a successful week's run and with a larger attendance than any previous evening.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 29, 1956:

The request of the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. for ordinance changes allowing it to build a $30,000,000 refinery on the northern end of Conanicut Island was taken under advisement by the Jamestown Town Council after a stormy five and a half hour crowded public hearing last night. . . . The Commerce Oil Corp., the Jamestown Protective Assn. and the Town Council were represented by an array of attorneys who clashed frequently and elicited both applause and boos from the audience of more than 400.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 31, 1981:

The Town Council proclaimed Sunday Ruth R. Lampel day in honor of the retired librarian at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. (There was a proclamation praising her 22 years of service.)

Members of the Jamestown Historical Society and their guests visited the 17th century Thomas Carr Watson Farm on North Road Sunday afternoon. The farm was given by Watson under the terms of his will to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities to be opened to the public as to view how a working farm operates. The restoration of the farm house and out buildings has begun.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 29, 1991:

The Town Council Monday night formally rejected the state Department of Transportation's design plan for the cross-island connector road. Voting 5-0, the council passed a resolution saying that it rejected the DOT's road plan because it did "not provide adequate access for emergency vehicles to the Jamestown Shores."

The Town Council Monday night lifted the state of emergency the town had technically been in effect since 6 a.m. of Monday last week, when it became certain that the island lay straight in the path of Hurricane Bob. Although town officials did not yet know whether federal and state funds would be available for cleanup programs, the council gave Town Administrator Robert Sutton permission to begin clearing public rights-of-way in the village.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 29, 1996:

Forty-eight crafts and over 200 people were part of the (Fools' Rules) competition.

When Chopmist Charlie's opens today at 5 p.m. don't be surprised to see people performing acrobatics in the village. . . . "I grew up in an area in Northwest Rhode Island called Chopmist Hill and my very first job in the restaurant field was at the Chopmist Hill Inn," said Chuck Masso. "Also, when I was growing up my father used to take me fishing in Jamestown. My father's boat was named Chopmist Charlie," he said, pointing out that was also his father's nickname.

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