2006-09-14 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 14
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 11, 1906:

More bass have been caught this season at Beavertail than for several years. Mr. John Wales catching another yesterday, a 15-pounder. The record fish of the year weighed 47 lbs.

From the Newport Daily News, September 12, 1906:

The threatening weather, with the departures of last week, has reduced the travel on the ferries today to almost winter proportions.

The fruit store in the corner of the Caswell Block, which was conducted by Charles Duvas of Newport, has been closed for the season.

From the Newport Daily News, September 13, 1906:

The worst thunder storm for years was experienced here early this morning, and lasted more than an hour.

The rain fell in torrents for more than an hour, and the amount of water falling during that time has been variously estimated, there being no apparatus on the island for correctly measuring the precipitation. Probably more than two and one half inches fell on a level, and that more damage was not done to the streets by the flood is a wonder.

From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1906:

The lighting accompanying Thursday morning's storm, besides striking several buildings, also burst the water main.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 11, 1931:

Bluefish are being caught in large numbers at Beavertail.

Two hundred and eighty-five pupils were enrolled in the Jamestown school at the beginning of the fall term. This is a slight decrease from last year, despite the elimination of the junior high.

From the Newport Daily News, September 15, 1931:

There was a good attendance at the plant, shrub and flower exchange held under the auspices of the Jamestown Garden Club at the Grange hall.

From the Newport Daily News, September 16, 1931:

A night blooming cereus, six inches in diameter, was seen at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Weeden on Howland avenue Monday evening.

A hike will be held by the Clover Leaf Girl Scouts tomorrow afternoon. They will meet at the town hall at 4:15 and hike to Potter's Point, where supper will be served.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 11, 1956:

Either Jamestown will grant an oil refinery permit by Oct. 1 or the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. will "go to Portsmouth," the Jamestown Town Council was told last night by Commerce attorneys.

From the Newport Daily News, September 12, 1956:

The Jamestown Elementary School has a record enrollment of 385, an increase of 13 over last year.

From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night reiterated its approval in principle of the establishment of an oil refinery in the town, provided adequate safeguards to protect the residents are guaranteed. The Council also authorized Edwards and Angell, Providence law firm, to engage technical experts to aid in drafting ordinances that would permit construction of a refinery.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1981:

(photo caption) Conanicut Island's answer to Don Quixote, Howard Harding Jr., rigs sail Saturday on (the) Jamestown Windmill as Jamestown Historical Society celebrates restoration and reopening of (the) historic mill on North Road.

From the Newport Daily News, September 15, 1981:

The Jamestown (Town) Council, though not opposed to a new Jamestown Bridge, is still worried about the impact the connector roads will have on Conanicut Island. . . . The Council contends that the Department of Transportation not only wants to widen Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road to four lanes but widen the connector roads to four lanes from the University of Rhode Island to the Massachusetts border.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 12, 1991:

The Town Council after prolonged debate Monday night was unable to decide whether it should spend $38,000 to cleanup the hurricane debris at East Ferry, even though part of that money might come from federal funds.

Jamestown is not a candidate for a regional landfill site, despite recent reports stating otherwise.

Cleanup of tree debris left by Hurricane Bob, after an undetermined start at the end of last week, got into full swing Monday with all five town-hired crews on the job.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, members and friends of Central Baptist Church of Jamestown will participate in a worship service commemorating the opening of the building exactly 100 years ago on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1891.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 12, 1996:

Walnut Street residents won a small victory Monday night when the Town Council agreed to pave only a 200foot slope on their road.

The Town Council is asking islanders to suggest names for the cross-island expressway.

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