2007-09-27 / Island History

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of September 27

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 26, 1907

The proceeds from the ball masque given by Mrs. Harold Rosengarten and Miss M. Potter at the Jamestown Casino, amounting to $70, were given to the Free library, the Jamestown Improvement Company, the Conanicut Yacht Club and for city rescue work.

Two memorial tablets have been placed in the wall built by the Improvement Society along the shore side of Walcott avenue, in front of the Thorndike Hotel, one is to Dr. David B. Birney and the other to John Price Wetherill, Philadlephians who made Jamestown their summer home and who took a strong interest in the works of the town. They have been greatly missed this season. The tablets bear the date of their deaths, 1906.

From the Newport Daily News, October 1, 1907

The Gardner House, the last of the hotels to keep open, closed last night.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 29, 1932

(At the town council meeting it was) voted that the communication received from Conanicut Grange in relation to caterpillar and fall web worm nests be received and placed on file. Voted that the report of the committee on the purchase of a concrete mixer be accepted; that the Jamestown Pharmacy be granted a victualling (sic) house license. … Voted that the committee on the town cemetery be authorized to replace as much of the fence bordering on Narragansett avenue as funds will allow.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 24, 1957

A ban on open cisterns, wells, vaults, or other ground openings was ordered by the Jamestown Town Council last night as a safety measure. The ordinance enacted provides a fine of $100 for violations.

From the Newport Daily News, September 27, 1957

A rosy picture of the proposed $50,000,000 Jamestown refinery was painted by officials of the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. and the Flour Construction Corp. Ltd last night at the Jamestown Recreation Center. … About 200 persons heard the officials say the target date for completion is June 1959. When the refinery is in operation it will employ about 400 persons, 350 to 375 from Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, September 28, 1957

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night adopted a tentative budget of $125,959 for 1958, $13,005 higher than last year. … John B. Foley, chairman, explained the increase in the estimated budget of $5,390 for wages was necessary to provide for additional toll collectors in the event of heavy traffic expected with the construction of the oil refinery. … The commission authorized 2,000 advertising brochures, with map of Jamestown and the attractions of the town, to be printed.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 27, 1982

An ecumenical youth group is being organized (at St. Matthew's Church) in Jamestown. Plans are underway for a hayride, roller skating party, dances and fundraisers.

From the Newport Daily News, September 28, 1982

A proposed new zoning ordinance ran into stiff opposition before the Town Council Monday night. About 250 people attended the hearing in the Jamestown School. One major point of disagreement was the zoning of the town-owned portion of Fort Wetherill to commercial waterfront.

From the Newport Daily News, September 30, 1982

Eight members of the Jamestown Ambulance Association have recently completed training in advanced emergency medical techniques at Newport Hospital.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 24, 1992

The proposed plan to build playing fields on 8.5 acres of land at the intersection of East Shore Road and Route 138 was attacked Monday by a lawyer representing residents of that neighborhood.

The Town Council Monday voted unanimously to form a new senior center study committee. The new panel will have seven members and be charged with developing a program and budget and also finding a building site for a senior activities center.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 25, 1997

About 30 residents showed up at Town Hall Monday to try to convince the Town Council to ask the state to scale down its upgrade of Southwest Avenue. The state Department of Transportation wants to widen the road from Narragansett Avenue to Mackerel Cove to 32 feet, including two 12-foot travel lanes and two four-foot concrete sidewalk lanes.

Following the regular worship service last Sunday, the title of the Jamestown's Quaker Meetinghouse on North Main Road was transferred to the Jamestown Historical Society, who have been charged with the preservation and maintenance of the 1787 building.

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