2007-08-30 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 30
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 27, 1907

(At the Town Council Meeting, John E. Hammond was appointed a committee to have the burying ground and library yard mowed.)

The automobile ordinance was amended by substituting 15 miles for 8 miles in the speed limit, and the police were ordered to enforce the ordinance as amended.

The Improvement Society was given permission to lay out sidewalks on the public highways where no objection were made by the abutting owners.

From the Newport Daily News, August 28, 1907

A large party from here attended the vaudeville at Freebody Park last evening.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 27, 1932

The banner crowd of the season was present Friday evening at the Casino when the costume ball was held. The ball room was attractively decorated with flags and varied colored balloons, general dancing being enjoyed until 10:30, when the grand march was formed.

From the Newport Daily News, August 29, 1932

The American Legion carnival came to a close Saturday evening, after a successful week. A large number was present to hear the results of the winnings. The members of the summer colony have been generous in their donations towards the success of the affair, which is greatly appreciated.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 27, 1957

Means for saving the Jamestown Drum and Bugle Corps from disbanding were studied by the Jamestown Town Council at its meeting last night. (It had been founded more than 11 years before.) … A letter from the School Committee advising it would turn back to the town the Quonset hut but on the condition it be given to the Jamestown Rod and Gun Club, was referred to the town building committee for investigation and report.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 30, 1982

Visitors to the Thomas Carr Watson Farm Sunday afternoon could easily let their imaginations slip back a couple of centuries as they witnessed a barn-raising on the 260-acre farm. With what seemed like amazing ease, the 12-member crew from the Portsmouth, N.H. contracting firm of Dodge, Adams and Roy, raised section after section of the heavy timbered barn, until the entire barn was framed. The late Thomas Carr Watson left the farm to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities with the stipulation that it be operated as a working farm.

From the Newport Daily News, August 31, 1982

The Jamestown Theatre, unable to bring in enough revenue to pay its debts, is up for sale.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 27, 1992

Outgoing Town Administrator Robert Sutton was surprised Monday night when the Town Council members unanimously approved a request to create a path through town-owned reservoir land in his honor.

Five Jamestowners completed the 16th annual Save The Bay Swim last Saturday which started at Coaster's Harbors Island Beach in Newport and finished at Potter's Cove here. Fifteen-year-old Carrie Anderson of Jamestown completed the 2.2 mile swim in sixth place overall. She was the youngest and second fastest woman to compete.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, August 28, 1997

The Town Council Monday gave a 3-0 thumbs up to a request to turn Ft. Wetherill into a movie set for "Rum Runner," a prohibition-era movie that will get underway sometime in September.

Homeowners on the municipal water system can expect to see an increase in water and sewer charges when they get their water bills next week. Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners last Wednesday, the Town Council voted to raise the 5,000 gallon water-use minimum from $39.93 to $40.93, and increase the excess water charge from $3.09 to $3.23 per 1,000 gallons, up 5 percent. The commission also raised the sewer rate by 22 cents, from $4.33 to $4.55, another 5 percent increase.

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