2006-11-30 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 22
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 26, 1906:

A wild deer, evidently frightened by the numerous rabbiting parties in the swamps yesterday, started to swim from the island to the mainland. He was discovered by the crew on schooner Thomas S. Cooper in Dutch Island harbor and they captured him alive after a hard struggle. Not wishing to violate the law by having him in their possession, they gave him to the commander at Fort Greble.

From the Newport Daily News, December 1, 1906:

The Jamestown Brass Band held its weekly practice last evening. Arrangements were made to hold a series of entertainments during the winter.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 27, 1931:

The second window display of John Eldred Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, "First Street of Plymouth," is on display in the vacant store next to Lyons's Market.

From the Newport Daily News, November 28, 1931:

Lewis W. Hull, J. Howard Ellis, Albert A. Boone, Leroy F. Meredith and Harold H. Hall were appointed (by the Town Council) a committee on unemployment relief.

All street lights south of A.M. Clarke's residence on Walcott avenue were ordered discontinued for the winter.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 27, 1956:

(At the Town Council meeting,) Town Attorney Pickett M. Greig reported that the auction sales of the town's two abandoned schools will be held at the old Town Hall Dec. 8.

From the Newport Daily News, November 29, 1956:

The Navy Department and the Commerce Oil Refining Co. today appeared to be working toward a friendly solution to existing differences over the construction of a $30,000,000 refinery in Jamestown. The Navy's fear that some stages of the proposed construction will interfere with its Narragansett Bay operations were thrashed out in a 90-minute conference with company officials.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 27, 1981:

A membership drive is being conducted by the Jamestown Theatre to defray the theatre's fixed overhead of almost $500 a month. ... Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 19 and 20 are on sale at Baker's Pharmacy.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, November 27, 1991:

A request to amend the town Zoning Ordinance to allow a unit in the Bay View Condominium now zoned for use as a restaurant to be used as a residence was shot down Monday night by the Town Council.

What do you see as the future of the Jamestown village? That was the question posed by Planning Commission Chairman Bert Brodin to a group of Jamestowners last week during an informational workshop. It brought some interesting answers. Many said they wanted to see the village become a more attractive area that was home to a variety of successful businesses.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, November 27, 1996:

The Town Council has approved spending another $65,000 from the Marine Development Fund to repair the existing steel pier at East Ferry.

The Jamestown Rotary enters the fourth week of its third annual Citrus Fruit Sale, offering fresh picked navel oranges and pink seedless grapefruit.

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