2006-10-26 / Island History

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of October 26

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, October 27, 1906:

The town clerk was instructed to notify Charles Fletcher and others who petitioned the town council for an appropriation to repair the Conanicut Park dock, that the council had looked into the matter and found it had no power to appropriate money for such a purpose without a special act of the legislature.

Shortly before 8 o'clock Saturday evening one of the gasoline lights at the freight house of the Enterprise Transportation Company either caught fire or burned off the rope by which it was suspended or exploded, setting the freight house on fire.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, October 27, 1931:

The first meeting of the winter of the Bayside Whist Club was held last evening at the clubrooms.

Clover Leaf Troop of Girl Scouts held a Halloween party in the town hall Saturday evening with all members present, and the mothers of the Scouts as invited guests.

The Thomas H. Clarke and Carr schools closed today at noon to permit the teachers and pupils to attend the Navy Day exercises in Newport and will close Wednesday for the remainder of the week, owing to the Teachers' Institute being held in Providence.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 23, 1956:

The Commerce Oil Company today applied to the state for permission to build a pier in Jamestown to accommodate its tankers when the proposed $30,000,000 refinery is built.

The Navy's reservation at Beavertail will remain open to the public through November as a result of action taken last night by the Jamestown Town Council.

Pickett M. Greig, town attorney, advised the Council that it has the right and privilege to sell the abandoned Carr and Thomas H. Clarke School buildings, the Memorial Town Hall, the Recreation Center and the present Town Hall. Gobeille (council president) said he favored all town offices being housed in one building as a measure of economy.

From the Newport Daily News, October 25, 1956:

The Jamestown tercentenary steering committee, headed by John L. Smith, met last night at the Recreation Center and made tentative plans for observing the 300th anniversary of the purchase of Conanicut Island from the Indians.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 20, 1981:

The Humane Society of Jamestown has marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of the society.

The Parent Teacher Organization will sponsor a family Halloween dance for all ages Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jamestown Recreation Center at East Ferry.

From the Newport Daily News, October 22, 1981:

Drainage problems in the Eldred Battery subdivision were corrected to the satisfaction of the Planning Board Wednesday night. The property owner ... plans to divide 17 acres into one-acre house lots.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 24, 1991:

The Town Council will seek federal grant money to pay for a highway engineering consultant it may hire to advise it on technical matters pertaining to the bridgeconnector road the state Department of Transportation proposes to build.

The town may consider changing its water-use policy to allow some residents in the rural water district to hook up to the municipal water service.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 24, 1996:

All restrictions on municipal water use have been lifted. Outdoor water use in the urban water district has been limited to odd or even calendar days since the second week in July.

(Caption) Jamestown police are sporting new uniforms. ... The uniforms are dark blue and trimmed in red. Police officers are using an older patch on the shoulder and have gone to a different type of hat.

If you were wondering about the industrious bunch of women, stooping and digging along North Main Road on Monday and Tuesday of this week, you saw the official daffodil planting squad from the Quononoquott Garden Club beautifying our island. (1,000 daffodils were planted.)

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