2007-06-21 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of June 21
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, June 17, 1907

The new steamboat wharf at Conanicut Park is nearing completion, having so far progressed as to enable the Providence boat to make a landing there to and from Providence.

The travel across the island between Newport and Narragansett was the largest yesterday of the season, automobile parties being especially numerous.

From the Newport Daily News, June 19, 1907

The Jamestown Club on Lincoln Street will open tomorrow for the season. William H. Jones, who has been steward for a number of years, will again act in that capacity.

The Conanicut Grange will hold its annual strawberry festival for the members tonight in the town hall.

From the Newport Daily News, June 20, 1907

Miss Mary E. Jack of New York City has leased the store in the north end of the Hotel Thorndike, where she will carry a line of furnishings, etc.

From the Newport Daily News, June 22, 1907

The past two days have been by far the hottest of the season, and many of the summer residents have arrived at the cottages and hotels. The island never looked better and a few more days of fine weather will see the season on equal footing with former years.

From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1907

A communication from H. S. Stubbs, president and manager of the Jamestown Brass Band, asking the council to designate the places where the summer concerts are to be held, was referred back to Mr. Stubbs with power to use his discretion.

Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in Newport is attracting numbers from here and Narragansett.

Newport's new city ambulance was on the island today for the first time, crossing the ferry to bring a patient from the Providence boat to Dr. Bates's sanitarium.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1932

The Conanicut Yacht Club is now open for the season, with U. S. Gooby in charge. The yacht "Wild Duck," owned by Miss Madge Levy, who is occupying the Admiral Porter cottage on Walcott Avenue, is the first to be moved off the yacht club pier.

From the Newport Daily News, June 23, 1932

Mrs. Willis Clarke, chairman of the "Fresh Air Children" reports receiving many calls for children who will be cared for in the homes on the island.

From the Newport Daily News, June 24, 1932

The complimentary dance given Thursday evening by Conanicut Grange to the 27 graduates of the Jamestown schools and the Jamestown graduates of Rogers High School, Brown University and Pratt Institute was the most successful of any given on this annual occasion. Sixty couples formed in the grand march. … Dancing was then continued until midnight, with the Racketeer orchestra furnishing music.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 18, 1957

Elements of the 59th Special Infantry Co., U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, from Wheeling W. Va., will land at Jamestown tomorrow. The "invasion" will be made by way of the Jamestown Ferry and the Marines will proceed to the Beavertail Point reservation for the conducting of field problems.

From the Newport Daily News, June 19, 1957

"Use the resources God gave you and you will achieve much," George J, O'Brien, assistant superintendent of Providence Schools advised the members of the gradu- ation class of the Jamestown Elementary School last night when 13 boys and 18 girls were presented with diplomas by Dr. Robert L. McMaster, chairman of the school board.

For the first time in the history of the Jamestown School, special graduation exercises were held for members of the kindergarten class.

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

Forty seven Grade 8 pupils received diplomas Thursday night at the Jamestown School.

From the Newport Daily News, June 23, 1982

Town Administrator Robert Sutton said that Jamestown is prepared for the impact of Tall Ships on Jamestown. … The Park Police will allow about 1,100 cars to park at Beavertail and 350 at Fort Wetherill.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 18, 1992

Police Chief James G. Pemantell will retire from the post he has held for 18 years as of Sept. 11. (He completed 29 years on the department as of that week.)

North end residents who live near the town's sludge treatment station may be breathing easier soon. … (It was reported at a Town Council meeting) that the town would be receiving several truckloads of "bio-ash" from the West Warwick wasterwater treatment plant this week for use in its sludge composting operation at the former landfill site on North Road.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 19, 1997

(photo caption) Ben Anderson makes a mold of the shield and sheep on the town marker at the four corners. Anderson will use the mold to make a new shield to replace one that is missing.

The third annual ferry days celebration this weekend promises to bring old fashioned family fun to East Ferry through the remembrance of Jamestown's ferryboats.

(article headline)North Kingstown High School Graduates 47 Jamestowners

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