This week in Island history
Compiled by Sue Maden Week of October 11
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 9, 1907
A white frost was seen this morning on some of the lowlands on the island.
The four-masted barge Kennebec is anchored off the east shore awaiting a tow to Boston.
A new rudder has been built for ferryboat Beaver Tail and is to be hung today.
From the Newport Daily News, October 11, 1907
(advertisement) Cottage at Jamestown For Sale at $600.
A nice 6-room cottage, within 10 minutes walk of ferry Landing. Lot contains 3,200 square feet of land. A good opportunity to secure a pleasant home at a very small figure. A. O"D. Taylor Real Estate Agent 132 Bellevue Ave.
From the Newport Daily News, October 12, 1907
Four more camps are to be built on the Peckham property at Beavertail this winter. Several were put up last year and proved popular.
75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 7, 1932
Next Tuesday at the Thomas H. Clarke school, a choral club will be formed, and will be under the leadership of Carroll W. J. Ball, organist of St. John's church of Newport. This will be sponsored by the Jamestown school committee.
From the Newport Daily News, October 11, 1932
The first Home Demonstration meeting of the season will be held ... on Tuesday, October 13. All those attending will bring their lunch. "Remodelling hats and dresses" will be the subjects taken.
From the Newport Daily News, October 12, 1932
(The Pulaski Day program at the Thomas H. Clarke school is listed.)
From the Newport Daily News, October 14, 1932
(The Town Council) voted to apply to the State for the remainder of the unemployment relief fund due the town.
50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 9, 1957
Adult education classes in elementary and advanced typing will begin Oct. 15 in the Jamestown School … If suffi- cient interest is evidenced by registration for additional subjects classes may be started provided a teacher is available. … Assuming all obstacles can be met the (school) committee approved children of the third grade having instruction in violin playing as a nucleus for a school orchestra in later years.
From the Newport Daily News, October 14, 1957
(editorial) Although the Commerce Oil Corp. apparently has sunk a well into an unlimited supply of venture capital, the end of the fast tax write-off granted by the federal government should be a sign that highly-placed observers are not at all convinced by the necessity for an oil refinery in Jamestown.
25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 12, 1982
(photo caption) Annual Columbus Day bicycle race, sponsored by Jamestown Rotary Club, drew 63 bikers for 22-mile trip 'round island Monday.
From the Newport Daily News, October 14, 1982
Sen. John H. Chafee wants the federal government to give the state a small parcel of land at Beavertail Point for a nominal fee rather than sell it to a developer at fair market value. The 6.8-acre site is surrounded by park land and is being offered for sale for $100,000.
15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 8, 1992
The new Jamestown Bridge, after years of construction delays, will officially open to traffic Oct. 19.
A coalition of environmental organizations was set today to file a lawsuit in Rhode Island federal court challenging the state's plan to build an upgraded highway across southern Rhode Island, which includes the island's new bridge-connector road.
Neighbors opposed to plans to build a ballfield on land at the intersection of Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road failed Monday to persuade the Town Council to consider other sites for the project.
10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 9, 1997
State Department of Environmental Management officials met with town officials last week to discuss implementing a master plan for land use at Forth Wetherill. According to DEM's David Borden, assistant director of natural resources, both the state and the town approved the plan in 1991. It calls for relocating DEM's marine fisheries laboratory to the abandoned military buildings on state land at the Fort Wetherill boast basin, also creating an educational/interpretive center at the site.
Dozens of people got an opportunity to glimpse a piece of Jamestown history last Saturday as the Jamestown Historical Society had a tour of the circa 1690 Captain Thomas Paine house.
Remember Jamestown's most celebrated bird of 1997? Well, it turns out that the great tit, relative of our common titmouse, was not an accidental escapee from Great Britain after all, but rather a resident of a local aviary who managed to wiggle his way through the mesh of his cage.