2007-08-02 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 2
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 31, 1907

The coal shears on Ferry wharf which were broken Monday have been repaired and the discharging of coal from barge Valentine commenced.

The band concert last evening on Shoreby Hill pier was brought to an abrupt close shortly before 9 o'clock by a heavy downpour of rain. There was a general stampede for shelter by both spectators and bandmen.

From the Newport Daily News, August 2, 1907

A special meeting of the fire department was held last evening at Station No. 1, to act on the matter of securing funds for a new building.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 3, 1932

(An outing was held at Potter's Cove, Tuesday afternoon, for the Fresh Air children.) The little folks had a grand time, playing games on the shore, and late in the afternoon enjoyed a frankfurter roast, with rolls and punch. Thursday, at 9 o'clock, all the children who have been spending the past two weeks here, will leave for Kingston, where they will take the train for their homes in New York.

Quite a swimming feat was accomplished by a number of Jamestown young people last Sunday, when they swam from the navy dock in Jamestown to the Training Station in Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, August 4, 1932

(At the monthly meeting of the Jamestown Board of Trade) Mrs. W. W. Wotherspoon, as a committee from the Jamestown Garden Club, spoke of the unsightly bill boards on the island and asked the cooperation … that no new bill boards be erected in Jamestown.

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

The Army Engineers district office in Boston has granted permission to the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. to erect a berthing pier off Jamestown under conditions acceptable to the Navy.

Bruce Baudakian, Jamestown's fast-balling southpaw, avenged his recent 5-4, 12-inning defeat to USS Cascade by beating the Navy team, 7-1, last evening at Cardines Field.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 2, 1982

The fog Saturday lifted in time for the 6th annual Save the Bay Swim from Coaster's Harbor Island to Jamestown. … There were no mishaps and the swimmers, rowers and spotters all came ashore at Potter's Cove where they were served steaming hot bowls of quahog chowder, compliments of Mr. Pipe's Restaurant on Eldred Avenue. A total of 300 bowls was ladled up to warm the swimmers. (The headline says 100 swimmers made the 6th annual crossing.)

From the Newport Daily News, August 3, 1982

Wheels, a parade of Jamestown vehicles from the 1880's to the 1950's, is the theme of this year's special exhibit at the Jamestown Historical Society Museum on Narragansett Avenue.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 30, 1992

The grandchildren and great grandchildren of publisher J. Bertram Lippincott (1857-1940) are donating the Reading Room of the new addition of the Jamestown Philomenian Library as a memorial to the prominent Jamestown summer resident.

Town Council members Monday unanimously endorsed a revised plan that proposes to build recreation fields on 8 acres of land at the intersection of Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 31, 1997

Proposed plans to extend East Ferry's steel pier and make it accessible to ferryboats were defeated Monday night. After considerable discussion accompanied by applause and occasional jeers from an audience of about 135 residents, the Town Council voted 4-1 not to accept a $840,000 federal transportation grant that could only be used to make the town-owned steel pier a docking place for privately-owned, 49-foot commuter ferryboats.

More islanders on the municipal water system are turning to wells for water in the wake of the town's recent water conservation restrictions.

Nearly 200 swimmers made the plunge last Saturday in this year's Jantzen's Save The Bay Swim.

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