2007-07-03 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of July 3
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, July 1, 1907

Steamer Conanicut made a trip to the Torpedo Station early yesterday morning to take from Newport to the Station several horses and carts.

Considering it is the first of July, yesterday was a quiet Sunday, even the attendance at the churches being behind the usual numbers of the season.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1932

The fire department was called at the home of G. W. Littlefield Friday afternoon for an oil heater fire caused by turning the wicks too high. Mrs. Charles Hull who was present threw some heavy rugs on the heater and the fire was out when the apparatus arrived.

The silent policemen are now on duty about town. The one directing traffic at the corner of Narragansett and Conanicus avenues has already met with disaster, being practically put out of commission on six different occasions the past week.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 1, 1957

More than 1,000 Jamestown residents and summer colonists attended the opening ceremonies of the island's tercentenary celebration on Saturday, as the 18- foot birthday cake was lighted by Stephen R. Smith, commander of the Arnold-Zweir Post 22 American Legion. It will be re-lighted each night during the tercentenary celebration, which will be climaxed by Old Home Week, Aug. 8-11.

Jamestown's 60-year-old Carr School on Southwest Avenue was sold at public auction Saturday noon for $1,700 to John B. Foley, manager of the Callan Construction Co. of Boston. … The school was built in 1897 and consisted of four rooms. Later an addition was built and the building was then declared adequate for the town's needs.

From the Newport Daily News, July 3, 1957

Red Cross swimming and life saving classes started yesterday at Mackerel Cove beach with Prescott E. Froberg, certified water instructor, in charge. A total of 74 children enrolled: 36 beginners, 18 intermediate, 17 swimmers, and five life saving.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 1, 1982

The theme of the summer exhibit at the Jamestown Historical Society Museum on Narragansett Avenue is "Wheels." (Photographs covered Jamestown vehicles for a 70-year period, from 1880 to the 1950s.)

A mass and reception will honor the Rev. John Murphy, who is celebrating the 50th year of his ordination. Father Murphy was pastor of St. Mark's Church in Jamestown for 12 years, and he was instrumental in the building of the present church.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1982

Sen. John H. Chafee told Jamestown residents Saturday morning it's time to concentrate on the Jamestown replacement bridge connector road's location and width not the bridge itself. "We've got the bridge width down to 72 feet wide," he said.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 2, 1992

The Town Council Monday in a special session approved a contract that would make Lt. Thomas Tighe acting chief of the Jamestown Police Department.

The state Department of Transportation last week began building a temporary detour road to connect the old Jamestown Bridge to Beach Avenue in the Jamestown Shores. What will eventually be a 700-foot paved road is expected to be completed in about two weeks. … When completed, the detour will allow motorists to bypass the construction area of a second temporary road, one that will connect the new Jamestown Bridge to Beach Avenue. The interim connector will be 400 feet long and should be finished before the new bridge is opened to traffic in early October.

The school department may need to add a half-time teacher to its staff due to an increase in the kindergarten enrollment this fall. (There were 71 students who had registered for kindergarten.)

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 3, 1997

The Ambulance Association does not want to move from its current Knowles Court location. Town officials have been talking of possibly building a new barn for the ambulances on a double lot west of the fire station and having the all-volunteer Ambulance Association share facilities with the volunteer fire department.

Beavertail State Park has a new nature center offering everything from tidal pool excursions to hands-on tanks that will bring visitors close to Narragansett Bay marine life. Located in the fog horn building next to the lighthouse, the center was just recently renovated, cleaned and wired with funds from the Department of Environmental Management after two years of local residents petitioning the state government for a permanent nature center at Beavertail.

The Jamestown Senior Center on West Street will soon have an elevator installed to meet federal handicapped accessibility rules.

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