2007-05-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

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 14, 1907

Mr. Alton Head has secured the contract for rolling the stone roads to be built at the Naval Training Station, and today shipped his steam roller on J. C. Terry's lighter Archer.

From the Newport Daily News, May 15, 1907

Mr. Benjamin McLyman, who will again have charge of the Golf and Country Club, is in town getting ready for the opening of the grounds June 1.

Dr. Bates of Providence was in town yesterday to arrange for the opening of his sanitarium on Conanicus Avenue the first of the month.

Five hundred feet of new hose has arrived for the fire department.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 13, 1932

The students of the sixth grade at the Thomas H. Clarke school met in a body Wednesday evening and called at the home of their teacher, Miss Clare Weicker on Green Lane, where they hung a beautiful May basket filled with fruit, flowers, candy and other things. They were invited in the house where they received the hospitality of their hostess, and a delightful time was had in playing games and singing. A number of the company gave vocal and instrumental selections.

Chester J. Greene is painting the summer traffic signs on the main thoroughfare.

From the Newport Daily News, May 14, 1932

John Boone has leased his cottage on Clinton Avenue to M. T. Kittenger for the season and has moved to the Masterson cottage on Clinton Avenue.

From the Newport Daily News, May 20, 1932

The annual educational trip of the students and faculty of the Thomas H. Clarke school with parents and friends of the pupils started this morning, two buses leaving on the 7 o'clock trip to Saunderstown, and two on the 8 o'clock bound for North Kingstown, where they met at the Gilbert Stuart house. After a short stay, the start was made for Providence, where the remainder of the day was spent.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 17, 1957

The recently elected Jamestown Town Council, entirely Democratic, met last night, organized and made appointments for the ensuing year. … The Council revised the ordinance adopted in 1954 creating a five-man police advisory commission. The amendment sets up a three man commission. The Council repealed the ordinance adopted April 1, 1939, which established a Recreation Commission and adopted in its stead an ordinance providing for a 13-member board, each to serve for three years.

From the Newport Daily News, May 18, 1957

It was voted (at a meeting of the boards of the Ferry Company and the Bridge Commission) to hire a man to distribute publicity at Beavertail under the supervision of the manager. It was believed this man would take the place of the former guard in this area for the summer.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 18, 1982

All three connector road options for the new Jamestown Bridge will have adverse effects on Conanicut Island residents, members of a team of University of Rhode Island graduate students told the Town Council Monday night.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 14, 1992

The Town Council on Monday gave a preliminary nod to a plan that would create almost 30 additional parking spaces for the East Ferry marina by constructing a new ambulance barn on a lot just south of the police station.

The state Department of Transportation has again asked the Town Council to endorse the cross-island highway plans it has submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to get a wetlands permit it needs to build the new road.

The senior Center Study Commission was set to meet with other community organizations Tuesday to discuss the possibility of developing a community center that would be available to residents of all ages for a variety of activities.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 15, 1997

The state board of elections is expected to meet this morning to determine whether Democrat Fred Pease or Republican Jean MacGregor Brown won the fifth Town Council seat in last week's election.

When the new dinosaur exhibit opens at Roger Williams Park Zoo next week, the work of a Jamestown artist (Katherine Brown-Wing) will be featured along with the roaring, snorting prehistoric reptiles.

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