2007-10-18 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 18
Compiled by Sue Maden

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 17, 1907

The firemen are making arrangements for an oyster supper on the night of their annual meeting, which occurs the last of the month.

From the Newport Daily News, October 19, 1907

The small boys of the public school are forming a football team. They hope to play with some of the juvenile Newport teams.

Yesterday a large number of outing parties from Newport visited Beavertail and the Dumplings and on the two last trips from the island to Newport the ferry was crowded with teams. Some were left on the dock on the 4 o'clock trip but all were taken over on the 5 o'clock and it was not necessary to make an extra trip.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 15, 1932

An interesting bi-centennial tree planting exercise took place at the Thomas H. Clarke school Friday morning. Mrs. Chauncey Shackford, chairman of the tree planting committee of the Jamestown Garden Club, presented to the school in behalf of the club a beautiful sparrow eye maple. … The tree was then placed in position, each grade placing a trowel of earth at its base. … The singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" closed the exercises.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 15, 1957

A hearing on a petition for a preliminary injunction to prevent Commerce Oil Refining Corp. from erecting a loading dock 900 feet off the east shore of Jamestown neared an end in Superior Court this morning as both sides gave closing arguments. … The offshore unloading and loading facility will run 1,300 feet parallel to the shore and be connected to land by pipelines.

(At the town council meeting) John L. Smith, chairman (of the Tercentenary Committee), submitted an itemized account of receipts ($5,311.19) and expenditures ($5,141.80).

From the Newport Daily News, October 19, 1957

The Newport School Committee last night warned county towns that Rogers High School is overcrowded and that by 1960 the doors might start to swing shut against tuition pupils. … Jamestown, which sends 40 pupils to Rogers and 14 to Thompson Junior High, was not invited to the meeting.

Traffic over the Jamestown Bridge increased 6.3 per cent during September, compared to the same period last year. … The annual report covering a 10-month period showed 395,717 vehicles crossed the bridge, an increase of 29,138 over last year. … (Charles L.) Hull also submitted a report which showed guards at the Beavertail area, maintained by the commission, counted 1,340 out-of-town cars and 1,931 local vehicles or a total of 3,171 frequenting Jamestown's favorite fishing spot during the month of September.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 19, 1982

W. Edward Wood, director of the Department of Trans- portation, said Monday night that he will appoint a committee to fix the site and design of the new Jamestown Bridge access road.

The Jamestown Shores Association has urged its members to attend the rights of way hearing sponsored by state Coastal Resources Management Council subcommittee Oct. 28 at 7:30 at Jamestown School. CRMC will receive new evidence concerning rights of ways in Jamestown. Eight of the nine to be considered are in the Jamestown Shores.

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

State officials this week continued to fine tune plans for the public "walk across" celebration on the new Jamestown Bridge set for Saturday.

A special limited-edition commemorative bronze coin has been struck to mark the opening of the new Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge. The coin will be available for sale on the bridge during the public celebration planned for Saturday, Oct. 17.

Beautiful Columbus Day October weather Monday attracted 96 riders to the annual round-the-island bicycle race sponsored by the Jamestown Rotary Club. This year marked the 17th time the local organization has staged the event to raise money for Jamestown charities.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 16, 1997

The town-owned golf course has brought in $116,700 of income so far, and town officials anticipate seeing another $10,000 in revenue by the end of the season.

Jamestowner's pedaled into their 22nd annual Rotary Club Around the Island Bicycle Race Monday, as over 180 participants donned their helmets to ride the 18-mile course.

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