2007-06-28 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of June 28

Compiled by Sue MadenWeek of June 28

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 27, 1907

Mr. W. P. Hennesey's horses and carriages arrived this morning from Philadelphia.

Strawberries grown on the island are coming into the market. Although but a few baskets have been picked, the crop promises to be one of the largest ever raised in this town. Reports from the various raisers say that not only is the yield large, but the berries are of unusual size and flavor.

From the Newport Journal, June 29, 1907

Jamestown is far livelier than Saunderstown and is closely allied with the army and navy set at Newport. The men with brass buttons all look for Jamestown girls at the dances at the fort or on board a visiting battleship. Jamestown is noted for its spirit of wholesome fun. … The Jamestown girl plays golf, sails a knockabout and can drive her own machine, which, by the bye, is the only word permissible in society when speaking of automobiles.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 27, 1932

Fair weather favored the Holy Ghost societies of Jamestown and Newport Sunday, when the annual feast of the Holy Ghost was celebrated at their hall on Narragansett Avenue, the streets being lined with spectators and cars.

From the Newport Daily News, June 28, 1932

The Jamestown graduates of Rogers High School yesterday were Elizabeth Anita Cassese, Ruth Virginia Garlick, Ola Hinckley, Gertrude Newbauer, Lois Mildred Rice, Rosamond Tefft, Mabel Virginia Watson, Theodore Driscoll, Annette Stager.

The Palace Theatre was crowded Monday evening with parents and friends of the graduating class of 1932 of the Thomas H. Clarke school. (There were 25 who graduated.)

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1957

David Slingluff and Peter

Gallagher appeared before the (Town) Council to explain their letter to the Council seeking information on acquiring one of two pieces of waterfront land for the purpose of building a small boat marina. One site is the west ferry, now part of the property acquired by the state in purchasing the Jamestown and Newport Ferry system. The other is part of the Fort Getty property, purchased from the government for recreational purposes.

From the Newport Daily News, June 28, 1957

Jamestown's tercentenary observance, marked by a proclamation by Governor Roberts, gets underway tomorrow when a huge 18-foot birthday cake will be lighted with ceremonies in Memorial Square.

From the Newport Daily News, June 29, 1957

The Commerce Oil Co., has purchased 601 acres of Jamestown land for $453,500 for its proposed refinery, according to deeds filed for record in the town clerk's office. The company is negotiating for the Carr homestead property, on which it has an agreement to purchase. When the transaction is completed it will have 725 acres costing $550,000.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 28, 1982

More people and more cars than 1976 caused traffic block-ups in Jamestown until nearly 10 p.m. Sunday as visitors flocked to the town to view the Tall Ships parade.

From the Newport Daily News, June 29, 1982

Problems with the water supply along Beavertail Road were explained to the Town Council Monday night. … Beavertail Road is served by a four-inch line the military installed during World War II.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 25, 1992

Town Council members had an "in-depth" tour Tuesday of the nearly completed new Jamestown Bridge that took them down inside the concrete span's hollow center section.

This summer's exhibit at the Jamestown Museum, "Back to the Forties," showcases a dynamic and dramatic 10-year period of island life.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 26, 1997

Residents on the municipal water system must restrict their outdoor water use to odd or even days.

A Town Council action Monday night eliminated 25 parking spaces along Conanicus and Walcott avenues at East Ferry.

The Jamestown School graduated 62 eighth-grade students in an outdoor ceremony last Friday evening.

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