2007-05-10 / News

This week in Island history Compiled by Sue Maden Week of May 10

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 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, May 8, 1907

The largest sale of real estate for some time in this town is all but consummated, the agreement having already been signed for the transfer of the north end of Gould Island, which lies off the east shore of the north end of this island and which is a part of this town, to Richard L. Howell and Gwendolen Howell, his wife, of Washington, D.C. Frances E. Hennas was the former owner of the island. It is understood that the price to be paid is $50,000.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1907

Two more camps, making four in all, are being built on the Peckham property at Beavertail for occupancy this summer.

From the Newport Daily News, May 10, 1907

Arbor day exercises were observed in the grammar school today.

From the Newport Daily News, May 13, 1907

A number of automobile parties from Narragansett took advantage of the opening of the west ferry route and visited Newport yesterday.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1932

The town has put over some very good minstrel shows, but none that equaled in singing, dancing and other features. (The show was at the Palace Theatre under the auspices of the Jamestown Post American Legion.)

(At the Fire Department meeting) it was voted that the cannon in front of the Thomas H. Clarke school yard be moved to the engine house grounds with the consent of the school committee and the town council, if they do not wish to retain it at its present location.

The work of widening the dock on the north side of the east ferry is now going on, and later the buildings now occupying positions there will be removed, thus making more available space for traffic which in the busy season is heavily congested at this point.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1932

An interesting ball game was held at Head's field Sunday afternoon when the Jamestown town team and the Jamestown Independents crossed bats. At the end of the game the score was 20-11 in favor of the town team. The outstanding player was Paul Weicker.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1957

The Commerce Oil Refining Corp., which is planning to build a $45,000,000 refinery in Jamestown, has purchased two additional tracts of land in that town and two more in North Kingstown, according to deeds filed for record.

From the Newport Daily News, May 15, 1957

The 21 shut-in ballots in the Jamestown town election May 1 counted last night by the Board of Canvassers had no effect on the sweeping Democratic victory.

Three teacher applications for next year were received by the Jamestown School committee last night and Superintendent of Schools Anthony J. Miller was authorized to hire the number needed to fill all vacancies existing at the close of the school year.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 11, 1982

Councilman Alton Head's solution to the (traffic) problem by making Bay View drive a dead-end street was adopted by the Town Council Monday night. Head's solution was to make Bay View drive a two-way street going north from Conanicus Avenue to the town-owned land just north of the Newport Bridge. Three-way stops signs would be erected at Mount Hope Avenue, and Bay View Drive. … This plan will be given a one-year trial.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 7, 1992

What it would cost to have and enforce a 24-hour dog law will be the topic the Town Council takes up once again later this month.

Town Officials Monday fielded questions from East Shore Road residents who were concerned about the impact a proposed 8.5 acre recreation complex might have on their neighborhood.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 8, 1997

In an apparent upset yesterday, the Republicans took control of the Town Council, sweeping out of office two incumbent Democrats. … As of yet to be tallied are 98 absentee ballots.

On Mother's Day weekend, sisters Carol Anderson and Debbie Swistak of Jamestown Designs will celebrate 25 years of business in Jamestown with an open house.

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