2007-09-13 / Island History

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of September 13

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 11, 1907

The annual meeting of the Jamestown Improvement Society was held September 10 at the residence of Mr. Frank H. Rosengarten. The secretary reported on the work accomplished during the spring and summer, and told of the work of the society. The proposed improvements, consisting of making new sidewalks, planting trees and building more of the sea wall, will aid greatly to the comfort and beauty of Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1907

Mr. Wilton Arnold has turned over to the fire department of Jamestown the sum of $30 for the Firemen's Relief Fund, that amount having been subscribed by certain residents of Conanicut Park.

Surveyors were at work yesterday laying out the section of the state road to be macadamized this fall. A mile of new road is to be built, commencing at the north end of the present macadamized road and continuing north. Mr. Alton Head has the contract for the work.

From the Newport Daily News, September 16, 1907

The annual clambake of the Grange was held at the Watson farm Saturday, about 70 grangers and other friends being present. Mr. J. E. Brayman attended to the bake in his usual creditable manner.

From the Newport Daily News, September 18, 1907

Mr. E. G. Littlefield is enjoying a week's fishing at Beavertail, occupying one of the camps there. So well have these camps taken with parties on outings that there will be more erected this winter.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 16, 1932

At the Rhode Island Horticultural show which was opened at the Narragansett hotel in Providence Thursday, Mrs. Harrison Morris of "Horsehead" on the Highland drive, won the first place in class 9 for artists collection of twenty named varieties of dahlias of at least four types.

S. A. Narus who has conducted a bakery in the Caswell block, the past season with his family, has returned to his home in Boston.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 10, 1957

A start on scientific town planning was made last night by the Jamestown Town Council when it resolved to follow the recommendations of the Jamestown Planning Board to apply to the governor for financial aid in planning.

From the Newport Daily News, September 11, 1957

Permission was requested of the U.S. District Court in Providence yesterday to file a supplemental answer contesting as illegal the state of Rhode Island's Approval of Commerce Oil Refining Corp's request to build a berthing pier off Jamestown. The action was taken by Jamestown residents who are being sued for $2,000,000 by Commerce which claims "conspiracy" in an effort to halt the refinery construction.

(Superintendent A. J.) Miller reported an enrollment of 391 for the first week of school, an increase of 15 over last year.

From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1957

The Flour Corp., Ltd. of Los Angeles, Calif., has been awarded a contract in excess of $50,000,000 by the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. for the construction of the Jamestown refinery. The contract calls for the Flour Corp. to do the mechanical design, engineer, and construct a complete 43,000 barrels-per-stream day refinery … The giant installation will cover a 600-acre on the northern end of Conanicut Island on land recently purchased by Commerce.

From the Newport Daily News, September 16, 1957

More than 250 persons attended the testimonial banquet Saturday night at the Holy Ghost Society hall for the Boys Baseball League, the softball league and the South County Babe Ruth League Teen-Age Townies.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1982

The Little League players in Jamestown will have an of- ficial-size field when the baseball season rolls around next spring. The Technical Air National Guard's 143rd division out of Quonset learned of the town's need for a field, and rolled in heavy equipment last Saturday morning. … Guardmen set to work to clearing a town-owned field _ north of the current softball, minor league and Babe Ruth fields _ on Lawn Avenue. Volunteers from the community also offered their time and talents.

From the Newport Daily News, September 17, 1982

The Jamestown Lions Club will hold its annual September Fest Sunday from noon til 8 p.m. at Fort Getty Pavilion.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 11, 1992

About 30 military vehicles, including some World War II vintage vehicles and the state National Guard Band, will take part in this Sunday's parade celebrating the town's USO 50th anniversary. The parade, which is set to begin at 1 p.m., may be the biggest in the island's history and is certainly the largest within recent memory. … At the community center, a short rededication ceremony will be held. … Sunday's parade is part of a two-day celebration that will begin today at 5 p.m. with an hour-long concert by the United States Navy Band. Between 5 and 7 p.m., the Conanicut Grange will serve fish and chips. … From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., celebrants may see three shows at the community center for $1. They include a Jamestown Seniors show, a 1940s fashion show, and a talent show.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 11, 1997

Since it will not cost taxpayers a dime, the Town Council Monday unanimously approved hiring a parttime leader for a soon-to-be-formed Jamestown Youth Organization

All restrictions on outdoor residential water uses have been lifted as of midnight, Monday, Sept. 8

Town Council members Monday asked the town administrator to come up with a number of facts that may help them decide whether to renovate the existing ambulance barn or to build a new one.

Construction began this week on the addition to the Jamestown Early Learning Center (JELC). JELC is a state-licensed child care center and pre-school for island children ranging in age from newborns to kindergarten.

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