2006-10-05 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 5
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 25, 75 and 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 1, 1906

Although a gang of men has been steadily working on the water main at the Dumplings since September 12, repairing the breaks made by lightning in the storm of that date, the work is far from completed.

From the Newport Daily News, October 3, 1906

Steamer Narragansett of the Saunders Line between Newport and Jamestown was taken from the line last evening and laid up in her slip at Newport. The line will be discontinued for the winter. (This was a line in opposition to the Jamestown & Newport ferry Company.)

A threshing machine has arrived on the island from Middletown to thresh grain for local farmers. At present it is at work at Mr. A.H. Peckham's.

The Gardner House, after a prosperous season, closed last evening, being the last of the large hotels to remain open.

From the Newport Daily News, October 4, 1906

The report yesterday that Captain Stillman Saunders had commenced the building of a ferryboat was premature. Mr. Saunders was to have started a new boat some time since, but as yet the keel has not been laid.

Mr. Joseph Wharton has purchased a flock of 40 sheep to keep on the lawn of "Marbella," his summer place at the Dumplings.

A local expressman's horse was taken to the pound yesterday for straying on a garden. It has been some time since the poundkeeper was called upon to exercise the duties of his office.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 1, 1931

On the 3:30 ferry from Newport yesterday, a large tank consigned to E.B. Brooks was loaded on the ferry boat Governor Carr at Newport. The tank, one of the largest ever carried on the local boats, could not be taken on the driveway on the boat and after the automobiles had been discharged on the Jamestown side, it was necessary for the Governor Carr to back out from the slip, turn around, and back into the dock in order to unload the unusually large piece of freight.

The "silent policemen" were retired to their winter quarters.

Blue fish are being caught in large numbers at Beavertail.

From the Newport Daily News, October 2, 1931

Stewart Caswell , son of Postmaster Caswell, has been appointed temporary village letter carrier. The delivery service commenced Thursday.

From the Newport Daily News, October 3, 1931

(At the Town Council meeting) the chief of police, Chester J. Greene, was instructed to enforce the ordinance relating to riding or driving horses, bicycles, tricycles or any other conveyance on the sidewalks in the town.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 2, 1956

A large number of Newport County residents is expected at the Cranston-Calvert School tonight when the Army Corps of Engineers holds a public hearing on its recommendations for a hurricane barrier in Narragansett Bay.

From the Newport Daily News, October 3, 1956

Navy doubts about the wisdom of a 1,000-foot wide, 50-foot deep opening in the proposed hurricane barrier in the lower east passage of Narragansett Bay highlighted a public hearing attended by more than 200 people in Cranston-Calvert School last night.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 1, 1981

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. John H. Chaffee that permits a narrower 69-foot Jamestown bridge that still meets safety standards and is eligible for federal funding.

From the Newport Daily News, October 6, 1981

An attempt to reflect the unique characteristics of Jamestown shaped the drafting of the proposed new zoning ordinance, Thomas Feeney, chairman of the Planning Commission, told the Town Council yesterday. He said the proposed ordinance would allow for an orderly controlled growth of the community.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 3, 1991

The Town Council is scheduled to present its position on the proposed cross-island highway to the governor as well as to state and federal congressional delegates at an Oct. 7 meeting.

The Jamestown Parent Teacher Organization will conduct a public information session next week on the state school regionalization proposal.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 3, 1996

Residents had little to say during a work session on the future of the town-owned golf course held by the Town Council Monday to hear public comment. Some 28 people turned out for the meeting, which was over in less than an hour.

An estimated 600 to 1,000 people turned out for the Conanicut Island Land Trust's Heydey Saturday, held this year at Hodgkiss Farm. In addition to being a celebration of open space, this year's fair was also a tribute to Libby Beaumont, a former CILT member and owner of Hodgkiss farm

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