2007-05-31 / Island History

This week in Island history Compiled by Sue Maden Week of May 31

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 28, 1907

(At the Town Council meeting) W.A. Barber was elected appraiser of damage by dogs, in place of W. H. Severance, resigned. Bids for watering of the streets were opened, the contract being awarded to G. W. Peckham, Jr., the lowest bidder. … The contract for street lighting was given to Robert Sherman, the only bidder, at $48 per month. The contract for street lighting at Conanicut Park was given to Wanton Harvey at $12 per month.

The season, as far as Jamestown is concerned, can be said to have opened this morning with every indication of a busy summer. The largest number of summer visitors to arrive at one time arrived this morning, more than 40 coming on one trip of the ferry, among them being several families who are to spend their first season here.

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1907

The Providence Telephone Company has a force of men at work making the necessary changes to install the local central office in the Gardner House.

The servants have arrived at the Pruyn cottage on Greene Lane, to get it in readiness for the family.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1932

The Conanicut Golf and Country Club opened Friday for the season with Mr. Murray as professional. The tea room, as for several seasons past, will be under the management of Mrs. Marie Brazil.

The Seaside Y.W.C.A. (camp) at Conanicut Park was opened for the weekend with 25 young girls enjoying the holiday.

From the Newport Daily News, May 31, 1932

Seldom has there been a more impressive sight on the east shore of Jamestown than that witnessed on Memoberthing rial Day, when the different organizations of the town gathered there facing the water of the bay, with a background of green, and the red maple and purple catalpa trees, which now adorn Shoreby Hill, showing just a glimpse of many of the pretty houses on Shoreby Hill.

From the Newport Daily News, June 2, 1932

The Boy Scouts hiked to Potter's Point Tuesday evening, and after holding a short business meeting, enjoyed a baseball game.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1957

A new hurdle loomed today for the Commerce Oil Refining Corp's proposal to erect a $45,000,000 refinery in Jamestown. The refinery's certificate of necessity, issued by the Office of Defense Mobilization for a six-month period has expired. It must be renewed if the refinery construction is to proceed.

The Jamestown Town Council wants to know if torpedo testing in the bay endangers the Jamestown-Newport ferry. And it is going to ask the Navy for the answer.

The newly appointed Jamestown Recreation Commission appearing before the Town Council last night asked that its duties be clarified. It discussed the program it already has developed for town recreation this summer.

From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1957

The Army Engineers will hold a public hearing … June 12 … in the Jamestown Recreation Center on the application of the Commerce Oil Corp. for permission to build a pier off Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, May 31, 1957

Jamestown joined other communities in the state and nation yesterday in honoring its war dead.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1982

Voters approved a 140-foot extension to the town's wooden pier at East Ferry at a special financial town meeting Wednesday night. The voters set a limit of $45,000 that could be spent on the project.

From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1982

The owner of Mr. Pipes restaurant on Eldred Avenue has lost his appeal of a town decision denying him a beerwine license.

Retired Army Col. Peter Drury, a Jamestown native, will be the marshal of the annual Memorial Day parade Monday. The parade will begin to the tunes of Rogers High School Band led by Theodore Durgin at 10 a.m. in front of the Jamestown School on Watson Avenue where the units will organize.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 29, 1992

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the state's cross-island bridge connector road plans and issued a wetlands permit.

The Jamestown's School Committee last week adopted a 1992/93 school year calendar that starts classes on Sept. 2, five days before Labor Day.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 29, 1997

The most beautiful weather of the year Monday set the tone for the moving dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Square at East Ferry. With a bay full of sails and clear blue sky at his back, Committee Chairman Ed Connelly said that he could sum up his feelings about the ceremony in one word, "Wow!" The new memorial has eleven individual stone markers, each representing a different war.

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