2007-07-12 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of July 12
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 10, 1907

The trials of the submarines over the mile course in the East Bay are watched with interest by the passengers on the ferries.

The construction gang of the American Telegraph & Telephone Company have nearly completed the new line of wires across the south end of the island to connect Newport more directly with New York.

It has been the custom of the Carr relatives to gather in a large house party at the "Carr Homestead," one of the oldest and most picturesque on the island, and this year will prove no exception to the rule. A large party is looked for and extensive plans for entertainment are being made.

A new safe weighing 8,300 lbs. has arrived for the town clerk's office and has been placed in position. This will fill a long-felt want for a suitable place in which to keep the accumulating town's records.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 11, 1932

There was a large audience at the Central Baptist Church, Jamestown, Sunday morning, when re-dedication services were held, and tribute paid to those for whom memorial windows were given. The auditorium was attractive with the newly decorated walls, the new memorial windows, and beautiful display of flowers. The musical program was greatly enjoyed.

The ringing of Box 24 at 10 o'clock this morning called the fire department to the Palace Theatre on Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, where a slight fire, caused by an explosion in the operating booth, was underway. The operator, James Noble, was slightly burned about the face; about 30 feet of film was destroyed and there is more or less damage to the wiring. There was no material damage to the machine which could be ascertained by a superficial examination. The fire department was on the scene in less than three minutes and was returned to the house within 20 minutes after the alarm was sounded.

From the Newport Daily News, July 12, 1932

Mackerel Cove beach saw the biggest crowds of the season Sunday and Monday, bathers being present the greater part of the day, indicating that the summer season is now in full swing.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 8, 1957

Ninety-one children are enrolled in the Jamestown Red Cross water safety classes at Mackerel Cove Beach.

From the Newport Daily News, July 9, 1957

Governor Dennis J. Roberts has accepted Jamestown's invitation to be guest of honor on Governor's Day on August 15, which is planned as part of the 300th anniversary of the purchase of Conanicut Island from the Indians.

(At the town council meeting Councilman Harold E.) Shippee was empowered to purchase a rake costing $325 for use in cleaning Mackerel Cove beach. Shippee reported $405 received to date for parking fees at the beach.

From the Newport Daily News, July 10, 1957

Mrs. Herman Schaus … was engaged as a remedial teacher in the Jamestown schools. … Four teachers are needed to fill vacancies before the beginning of the school year in September, Superintendent of Schools A. J. Miller informed the (school) committee. E. R. Vieira Co. was awarded the contract for supplying approximately 24,000 gallons of fuel for 1957-58. Vieira's lone bid was $.1089 a unit gallon.

From the Newport Daily News, July 11, 1957

The Commerce Oil Refining Corp., which has spent more than $500,000 for land in Jamestown, has opened an office there. … The office was opened Tuesday in the Howry cottage on North Road, the first property bought by the company.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 12, 1982

Ninety-five firefighters from seven communities participated Thursday night in a demonstration on fighting a liquid propane fire at the Jamestown School field.

From the Newport Daily News, July 13, 1982

Raising the water level in the water tower on Howland Avenue and reducing the volume of water to Fort Getty should alleviate the water problems at Beavertail (it was reported to the town council).

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 9, 1992

A recommendation to raise a marina leasing fee from $9,450 to $50,000 over five years drew objections from the Ft. Wetherill Boat Owner's Association at a Town Council work session Monday.

Jamestown has received a $600,000 loan for improvements to its library from the Department of Agriculture.

(The Jamestown Housing Authority received $516,808) … to be used to modernize 35 units of housing for the elderly, handicapped, and disabled at the federally-subsidized Pemberton Apartments. … The renovations will include bathrooms, kitchens, appliances, interior siding, and also creation of handicapped-accessible units.

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

Due to hot, dry weather, a ban on all outdoor residential water uses except limited garden watering will go into effect tonight at midnight. … Under the new emergency ordinance, violators of the water-use restrictions can be fined up to $500, even for a first offense.

Not one person out of some 100 residents attending Tuesday night's work session on the proposed plan to extend East Ferry's steel pier using federal transportation money spoke in favor of the idea.

Jamestown's Godena Farm will remain the farm it has always been thanks to the generosity of the late Manuel Godena and his surviving children, who have donated the farm's development rights to the Conanicut Island Land Trust.

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