2007-08-16 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 16
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, August 14, 1907

The height of the season has been reached and perhaps never before have so many of the cottages been occupied at one time during the summer months. The numbers at the hotels, however, are not up to expectations.

From the Newport Daily News, August 17, 1907

Several young men of the summer visitors gave a cotillion in the dance hall of the Gardner House last evening. The hall was prettily decorated for the occasion.

There was a good sized gathering to listen to the band concert on the boardwalk at Shoreby Hill last evening, but those without thick clothes were kept on the move as the north wind made standing still long too cool for comfort.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 12, 1932

(At the Town Council meeting it was voted) that the salary of the life guard at Mackerel Cove beach be increased $2 per week for extra duty as alley boy; owing to the lack of business at the west counter, it was voted that the salary of the clerk at said counter be reduced to $10 per week; and that there will be no discounts on any bath houses rented before July 15. It was voted not to pursue any additional chairs or a stretcher for the beach this season.

From the Newport Daily News, August 16, 1932

George B. Heilner was high hook Monday at Mackerel Cove beach, when he captured two beautiful silvery fish having long streamers of a purplish color. They are about the size of a silver dollar, and swim on edge, being evidently natives of tropical waters, and far from their natural habitat.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 12, 1957

A full program of events to celebrate Jamestown's 300th anniversary began Saturday and will continue through this week. Formal opening exercises were held Saturday morning in the recreation hall, followed by a dance in the evening. Special observances marked services in all the churches yesterday with drilling by four corps in competition in the afternoon. A buffet luncheon at the old windmill on North Road at noon, and an outdoor concert at the Jamestown Elementary school at night are today's features.

From the Newport Daily News, August 13, 1957

The Jamestown Town Council last night directed the town solicitor … to prepare an ordinance making it unlawful for an open well, cistern, or other such open hazard to be maintained.

From the Newport Daily News, August 15, 1957

Jamestown's tercentenary celebration, blessed with good weather yesterday for its parade and other features, went ahead in rainy weather today, Governor's Day, with all the scheduled events being held. … Yesterday was Patriot's Day in Jamestown. … More than 4,000 persons thronged the streets to view the colorful parade of eight divisions. It was the largest crowd ever to come to the island at one time.

From the Newport Daily News, August 19, 1957

Jamestown's tercentenary celebration the past eight days was so successful, there are thoughts of a repeat celebration, in part, next year. … Besides the parade, the final day's observance included a water sports show, fireworks, a tercentenary ball, and many private cocktail parties.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 16, 1982

A huge crowd turned out Saturday morning to watch the 5th annual Fools Rules Regatta at Town Beach at East Ferry. There were 35 entries in the event sponsored by the Jamestown Taxpayers Association.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 14, 1992

The Town Council voted 4-0 Tuesday night to disband the Senior Center Study Commission, which after five years has been unable to get a building plan for the project off the ground or even located a site.

The state Department of Transportation has been issued a state permit to alter wetlands that it needs to build the cross-island highway.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 14, 1997

What may be the first North American record for a European bird species was sited this week on Conanicut Island by Christine Ariel and B.J. Whitehouse in their yard and verified by noted Jamestown birders Chris and Candy Powell. The rare bird was a Great Tit, a song bird that looks like a chickadee, but a little larger, with a bright yellow breast, black rib and black stripe running down the middle of the breast.

(photo caption) Kayakers discuss the race around Jamestown after paddling some 15 miles Saturday. The conditions were nearly perfect for the third annual Jamestown Island Paddle. The event, which raised $1,610 for the Jamestown Senior Center, attracted 56 entries.

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