2006-09-07 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 7
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, September 4, 1906:

The annual meeting of the Jamestown Improvement Society was held Thursday. . . . During the year the society added greatly to the improvement of Jamestown. Many of the largest property owners took no interest in the work and no share in the support of the society.

From the Newport Daily News, September 8, 1906:

An informal dance was held in the Gardner House last evening in honor of the officers of the cruiser squadron which is to sail today. The band from the Pennsylvania was secured for the occasion and was placed on the porch of the hotel where the music was enjoyed by the onlookers as well as the dancers. The attendance was good considering the lateness of the season and the fact that arrangements for the affair were made so late.

From the Newport Daily News, September 10, 1906:

The fall fishing season from the rocks at Beavertail opened yesterday, when a large number of fishermen visited that point but did little fishing on account of the surf, a heavy sea having been running for several days.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 1, 1931:

The children of the summer colony held their costume ball at the Casino last evening, this being the final Monday evening dance of the season. There were about 60 couples present with costumes of all hues and patterns.

From the Newport Daily News, September 4, 1931:

The exhibition of dolls held at the home of Miss Elizabeth Clarke Thursday afternoon was attended by many of the townspeople and members of the summer colony. Several "doll collectors" were present. Mrs. A.M. Clarke exhibited her collection which comprised dolls from nearly every European country. A doll, which had been in the Cottrell family for nearly 200 years, also one for many years in the Carr family, attracted much attention. . . . The proceeds will be used for repairs at the Baptist Church.

From the Newport Daily News, September 8, 1931:

Mrs. E.D. Rhett is moving a large garage to Friendship street which is to be converted into a cottage.

Hourly service commenced on the ferries today, steamers Beavertail and Jamestown being taken off the line. The purserettes concluded their duties yesterday, and the ferry bus has discontinued its trips between ferries.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 4, 1956:

Fifty children received Red Cross certificates in swimming and junior life saving yesterday at East Ferry waterfront in Jamestown after completing courses under the direction of Miss Nancy Caswell, Red Cross instructor.

From the Newport Daily News, September 7, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night unanimously approved in principle the establishment of an oil refinery in Jamestown, provided adequate safeguards to protect the residents of the island can be obtained.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September11, 1981: The North Kingstown School Committee had high praise for Jamestown students attending the North Kingstown High School. At a joint meeting of the North Kingstown and Jamestown School Committees Thursday night, the following information was given: About 60 percent of Jamestown students who were graduated last June were accepted into college. Jamestown students are the best prepared for high school from the four elementary schools districts sending students to North Kingstown High School. Jamestown students had a 90.6 percent attendance record last year. Some of the best musicians at North Kingstown High are from Jamestown.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 6, 1991:

A full-scale, town-conducted cleanup of debris left by Hurricane Bob was scheduled to begin Thursday. Town Administrator Robert Sutton told the Town Council Tuesday night that the cleanup would cost about $56,000. The town would have to pay 25 percent of that cost while the remainder would be covered by federal funds.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, September 6, 1996:

Edouard turned out to be not much more than a Northeaster, and while it ruined the Labor Day weekend, town officials this week had little damage to report. Harbormaster Sam Paterson said that a 35-foot sailboat off a private mooring went aground just north of Green's Pier in the East Passage. Four boats went aground in the West Passage, including two sailboats in the 30-foot range and two powerboats, Paterson said.

One of Jamestown's rare jewels will be polished this weekend when volunteers clean and repair the medical supplies storage closet this Saturday and Sunday.

The committee in charge of finding someone to replace Superintendent and Principal Phyllis Schmidt when she retires discussed hiring more than one person to fill her vacancy when they met for the first time last Thursday.

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