2007-09-20 / Island History

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of September 20

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 19, 1907

A gang of men are at work under the direction of the Improvement Society, extending the wall along the water front south from Union street. The wall is of a good design, and adds materially to the appearance of the water front.

From the Newport Daily News, September 23, 1907

The shores of Beavertail were much patronized by outing parties at the point than on any single day this year. Those who went for the fishing were disappointed as only a few tautog were caught.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 20, 1932

The tournament at the Beavertail Country Club came to a close over the weekend with a men's competition, which was won by John L. Tiffany, who joined the holein one club by sending his shot from the tee into the cup.

From the Newport Daily News, September 21, 1932

At the last meeting for the year of the Jamestown Historical Society … it was voted to have the committee on grounds and buildings decide upon the matter of preserving the windmill, at a meeting to be held later.

From the Newport Daily News, September 22, 1932

John Thornhill, manager of the casino during the past summer, has gone to New York where he will enter Columbia University.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 17, 1957

An attempt by Jamestown refinery opponents to challenge the validity of state and federal permits to build a berthing pier was denied. … The latest court action was started by Cornelius C. Moore and associate attorneys for 11 Jamestown taxpayers being sued $2,000,000 by Commerce Oil on grounds of allegedly conspiring to block the refinery.

From the Newport Daily News, September 20, 1957

Only 37 adults received shots at the polio clinic last night sponsored by the Arnold-Zweir Post 22 American Legion.

From the Newport Daily News, September 21, 1957

The Flour Corp., Ltd. of Los Angeles, Calif., which was awarded the contract for building the $50,000,000 Jamestown oil refinery, will begin site preparation next week. … Actual construction work will begin in April and the 43,000-barrels-per-day refinery is scheduled to be turned over to the Commerce Oil Refinery Corp. in the early summer of 1959.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 21, 1982

The town will install a 10-inch pipe for the Beavertail water main. … It will cost $22,740 to install 2,000 feet of pipe. This will take the project from the Mackerel Cove intersection to Battery Lane.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 17, 1992

The Town Council Monday named Frances Hopkins Shocket, currently the city manager of a Cincinnati suburb, as Jamestown's new town administrator. Later in the meeting, the council also unanimously appointed a new town planner. He is George Meservey.

The cross-island highway got a final go-ahead last Tuesday when the state Coastal Resources Management Council voted 5 to 4 in favor of granting the controversial project a coastal zone management permit.

Over 200 well-wishers turned out Sunday for a dinner honoring Police Chief James G. Pemantell, who retired last month after 18 years as chief, and a total of 29 years on the Jamestown police force.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 18, 1997

Sitting as the Board of water and sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday voted 5-0 to spend $4,000 to drill a fourth municipal well that may help increase the town's water supply

The Rhode Island Commissioner of Education came to the Jamestown School Monday as part of a program that provides the commissioner and others with opportunities to witness improvement efforts taking place in Rhode Island school systems.

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