2007-05-24 / Island History

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden

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 20, 1907

Dr. John Sweet of Newport visited the island Saturday afternoon in his automobile.

Champlin's lighter discharged a cargo of gasoline on Knowle's wharf today for the lighting of the Bay View House.

From the Newport Daily News, May 22, 1907

There was a runaway on ferry wharf yesterday afternoon. Two small boys with a horse and tipcart came to the landing for a small quantity of lumber. In loading it onto the wagon, it projected over the horse's head, and as they were about to start up the wharf some of the lumber sprung enough to hit the horse's head starting him on the run. The lumber was distributed along Walcott Avenue, but as the horse turned west on Narragansett Avenue Mr. Benjamin McLyman caught him by the bit, stopping the runaway without damage to horse, cart or boys.

From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1907

The new stable and automobile house combined, for Mr. J. M. Whitall of Philadelphia, on his property on Bay View Drive, is nearly covered in.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 21. 1932

The Beavertail Country Club will open officially Memorial Day. The tea room, as last season, will be under the supervision of Mrs. Alfred Weeden, and William O'Hanley, professional golfer, will also be at the club.

From the Newport Daily News, May 26, 1932

Following is the Memorial Day program, when all organizations will be in line at 9 a.m. Monday. … The reviewing stand will be located at the town hall.

Tollefson & Dewick have opened their fish market for the summer. From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1932

(At the town council meeting) G. C. Allen and other summer residents protested to the council in regard to the high rate charged for the summer lights. (They) voted (that) the town clerk communicate with the Newport Electric Company in connection with these protests.

The town clerk was instructed to order 27 tons of calcium chloride to be used on the town's roads from the Salvary State Corporation.

(At the school committee meeting) A. M. Clarke and A. A. Boone, who were appointed a committee to secure the local theatre for graduation exercises, reported that the theatre could be obtained for one evening for the exercises for $35.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1957

The Jamestown Water Company has opened its ponds to residents of Jamestown for fishing. Under the direction of Howard O'Connell of the state Department of Agriculture, the ponds have been stocked with 1,500 blue gills and 500 bass and residents will be allowed to fish in these waters providing they observe the fishing regulations, have licenses and passes from the water company.

From the Newport Daily News, May 22, 1957

Mainly because of Navy objections, the Advisory Commission of the R.I. State Development Council today opposed construction of the Commerce Oil Corporation's proposed refinery in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, May 23, 1957

Despite an adverse report of the State Development Council's advisory commission, the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. today announced its intentions "to begin the con- struction of our refinery on Conanicut Island as soon as possible."

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1982

Jamestown School will receive $1,733 less than expected from the state's $2.1 million block grant for the 1982-82 school year.

The School Committee adopted a resolution Tuesday night calling for a freeze on the nuclear arms race to be followed by negotiations for a reduction of weapons.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 21, 1992

Every ten years, a census is taken of the nation to gather data on people and their living conditions. … Here in Jamestown, we use statistics gathered from census data primarily in preparing plans for the town's future and in applications to various agencies for grant funding. … Jamestown's population climbed to 4,999 in 1990, up 24 percent since 1980. The number of housing units in Jamestown has increased 24 percent from 2,052 units to 2,517.

New trash containers have been installed in the downtown area as a joint project of the Jamestown Village Association and the Quononoquott Garden Club.

Jamestown's annual Memorial Day parade on Monday officially kicks off the island summer season.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 22, 1997

The nine winners of the May 7 town election were sworn into office Monday night before a standing-roomonly crowd. Lt. Gov. Bernard A. Jackvony administered the oath of office to Town Councilmen Tot Wright, Craig Amerigan, David Dolce, William Murphy, and Fred Pease.

Sitting as the Board of Water and sewer Commissioners Monday night, newly sworn Town Council members received a proposed budget for this year that could increase water rates by 7.5 percent and sewer rates by 5 percent.

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