2007-10-04 / Island History

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of October 4

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, October 2, 1907

Linesmen are at work cutting out the central office of the telephone company for the winter. As soon as the changes are made it will be necessary to call the Newport central to get connections.

The markets on the island are closed for the day to give the men an opportunity to visit the Brockton Fair with the Butchers' Excursion.

From the Newport Daily News, October 7, 1907

The number of people who spent the day yesterday at Beavertail and the Dumplings was unusually large, nearly 100 coming from Newport to fish.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 1, 1932

(A request was granted by the School Committee) that the Jamestown Garden Club plant a George Washington memorial tree on the ground of the Thomas H. Clarke school.

It was voted to hold the Americanization school again this winter.

The Palace Theatre has closed for the season, also the White Nook, on Conanicus avenue, and the American Railway express made its last trip to Jamestown Friday.

From the Newport Daily News, October 5, 1932

Miss Claire Weicker, teacher of the sixth grade at the Thomas H. Clarke school, entertained her pupils at a beach party at Mackerel Cove Thursday afternoon.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 3, 1957

Conanicut Grange observed 4-H Achievement and Agriculture night last night at the Grange Hall on West Street, preceded by a family chicken dinner under the auspices of the home economics committee.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 1, 1982

An increased enrollment at the Jamestown Elementary School has the School Committee looking for future solutions to accommodate the growing student body. Enrollment jumped to 507 students this fall from 467 students last year for kindergarten through Grade 8. … The Committee attributes some of the enrollment increase to the population increase in Jamestown since the construction of the Newport Bridge. The Committee said another influx can probably be expected with the construction of a new Jamestown Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, October 5, 1982

A temporary solution to traffic tie ups at Routes 1A and 138 in North Kingstown was outlined to councilmen from Jamestown, North Kingstown and Newport Tuesday night.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 1, 1992

Postmaster Thomas DiTomasso and senior Postal Clerk William "Andy" Anderson are retiring tomorrow from their jobs at the Jamestown Post office. DiTomasso has worked for the postal service for 27 years, and Anderson for 24.

The controversial plan to build playing fields at the intersection of East Shore and Eldred Avenue will again be open to debate during a Town Council work session next Monday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Despite partially overcast skies, more than 600 people turned out Sunday for the annual Heyday held at Fox Hill Farm by the Conanicut Island Land Trust.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 2, 1997

The Town Council Monday authorized spending $4,000 to hire a professional to design and cost out an addition to the town ambulance barn on Knowles Court.

The state Department of Transportation Monday agreed to eliminate the east sidewalk from its plan to upgrade Southwest Avenue and to pave the west sidewalk with porous bluestone aggregate.

The quarterly water pumping report shows that water usage jumped significantly during the early summer months, but Steve Goslee, Director of Public Works, said the North reservoir never got to critically low levels this summer despite the fact "we were pumping everything we could produce."

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