2006-11-09 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 9
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, November 7, 1906:

The pleasant weather and interest in the (liquor) license question brought out a fairly good vote Tuesday, 189 of the possible 248 voters casting their ballots, while others arrived just too late, the polls closing at 6:30. The vote on the license, the first to be counted, which took only a few minutes, was defeated by a large margin, showing that the voters are overwhelmingly against the saloon.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News November 7, 1931:

The quarterly meeting of the Jamestown fire department was held at Fire Station No. 1 with the chief Jesse C. Tefft, in the chair. The minutes of the last and regular and special meetings were read. . . . The special committee on buying a hook and ladder truck reported having purchased the same, which is due to arrive in Jamestown in two weeks. The entertaining committee is planning for a turkey supper in the near future, complimentary to firemen and their wives.

A large number of tickets have been sold for the Armistice ball in Holy Ghost hall next Tuesday evening. "The Narragansett Serenaders" orchestra of six pieces of Narragansett Pier will furnish music.

From the Newport Daily News, November 9, 1931:

The football game between the Jamestown and Newport teams at Head's field yesterday resulted in a victory of 20-0 for the Jamestown boys.

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1931:

The American Legion, Jamestown Post, had its full day share of activities in the Armistice Day celebration, All were carried out with precision and the dance, parade and exercises at the town hall were conceded to be the best ever conducted by the local post.

Everything lent itself to making Armistice day in Jamestown all that could be desired. The weather was ideal and promptly at 10 o'clock all organizations which were to participate in the parade were gathered on the shore road, in front of Shoreby Hill and at 10:30, the time appointed, the parade, with the Girl Scouts leading, followed by the bugle and drum corps and school children started the line of march to Narragansett avenue and the town hall. Here all stood silent in silence while the bell on St. Matthew's Church tolled.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 7, 1956:

Democratic candidates for the General Assembly in Jamestown won slight leads in yesterday's election that a total of 175 outstanding absentee, shut-in and war ballots could upset. President Eisenhower won a smashing 875-366 over Stevenson.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 6, 1981: Twenty-four building permits were issued by Building Inspector Charles J. Dowling between Sept. 30 and Oct. 28.

From the Newport Daily News, November 10, 1981:

The Town Council enacted an emergency ordinance last night to conserve the island's dwindling water supply in the town's reservoir. The ordinance makes it illegal for anyone to use town water to wash automobiles, trucks, motorcycles or any other motor vehicle. It is also illegal for anyone to use municipal water for swimming pools and other outdoor uses, including watering lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs. ... As of Nov. 2, the water in the North reservoir was 13 feet, 11 inches below the spillway.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, November 7, 1991:

It wasn't a hurricane, but many said it acted like one last week when a northeaster with winds gusting up to 74 mph pummeled Jamestown.

Jamestown will be one step closer to having a statemandated comprehensive plan after last night's meeting of the Planning Commission. . . . one of the main tasks the commission faced Wednesday was to come up with a main statement or preface that provided an overview of the plan.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, November 7, 1996:

Don't plan on fixing dinner next Tuesday because there will be more than enough food for everyone on the island at the second annual "Taste of Jamestown." Organizers say that just about everything is ready for the big event planned for this Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Hall (PAC Club) on Narragansett Avenue.

Town officials will hold a public workshop on the proposed reconstruction and extension of East Ferry's steel pier next Wednesday.

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