2007-10-25 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 25
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 22, 1907

Mr. J. P. Cotton of Newport, who has the contract for the new athletic field at Fort Greble (on Dutch Island), will commence work this week.

From the Newport Daily News, October 25, 1907

Mr. Max Schade, who left here in the spring in his naphtha launch Helena, to attend the Jamestown Exposition, returned yesterday to his home at the West ferry. Mr. Schade, accompanied by Mrs. Schade and son, left the Exposition grounds more than a week ago, making the run by easy stages.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 22, 1932

Mrs. Joseph B. McCall, who purchased the Alvin H. Peckham cottage on Walcott avenue two years ago, is moving the cottage to the centre of the estate, thus giving it a deep frontage on Walcott avenue. Wright Brothers have the contract and Pierce of Newport the moving contract.

From the Newport Daily News, October 24, 1932

The American Legion Bugle and Drum Corps held a successful dance in the grange hall Saturday evening. The hall was decorated with flags, and a large number of people from Newport was present. From the Newport Daily News, October 26, 1932

The town library will be open Saturdays only hereafter.

From the Newport Daily News, October 29, 1932

Nicholas Petritis, fisherman, of Marine avenue, captured the most unusual fish ever taken in these waters. While hauling his lobster pots Friday, he was surprised to find a live, small octopus on the bottom of his boat. … Many went to the house of Mr. Petritis to see the curiosity.

Charles Westall will close his ice cream parlor today and is planning to leave with the family for the South, the latter part of November.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 25, 1957

Commerce Oil Refining Corp. moved yesterday in U.S. District Court, Providence, to end litigation between itself and Jamestown residents and taxpayers opposing the refinery. Andrew P. Quinn, counsel for the refinery filed two motions. One was to dismiss without prejudice the company's $2,000,000 suit against certain opponents for allegedly conspiring to block the refinery. The other was to award dismissing the counter claims for the opponents on the ground there is "no genuine issue as to any material fact."

From the Newport Daily News, October 29, 1957

A $376.28 coal bill incurred to save money, posed a problem for the Jamestown Town Council at the meeting last night. The fuel budget account has a balance of $98.65. Action on the bill was withheld until it could be determined from what budget item the money could be obtained.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 22, 1982

A Jamestown school science project has been selected as one of the top 10 exemplary programs nationwide, School Superintendent Alfred LaMarche told the School Committee Thursday night. The project is from James Sammons's, Grade 7, and is named "Ecology and the Community."

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From the Newport Daily News, October 25, 1982

Three-hundred helium balloons were released by Pax Conanicus, a peace group, Sunday noon at East Ferry in an airborne message to freeze the nuclear arms race between the United State and the Soviet Union.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 22, 1992

An estimated 40,000 people more than twice what state officials had projected

Turned out to walk the new Jamestown Bridge last Saturday in celebration of its grand opening.

The new Jamestown Bridge officially opened to traffic Monday afternoon following an official "ribbon cutting" ceremony that morning. …cars were first allowed over the new span's westbound lanes at 1:30 p.m. and the eastbound lanes were opened at 3:15 p.m. Earlier in the day, Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun officially opened the bridge. Riding in a red 1967 Chevy Impala convertible driven by a state trooper, as the lead of a motorcade of 36 antique and classic cars, the governor broke through a ribbon stretched across the bridge's westbound lane at 10:56 a.m.

New Town Administrator France H. Shocket was sworn into office during a special Town Council session Monday at 7 p.m.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 23, 1997

The Town Council will hold a public work session on the proposed volunteer-built park for skateboards and in-line roller skaters next Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the library.

The Jamestown Community Theatre's "Oklahoma!" sweeps across the stage with vigor and heart and leaves its audience with a toe-tappin, knee slappin' feeling that Oklahoma is truly O.K!

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