2007-11-01 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 1
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 28, 1907

The high wind and heavy sea interfered with the fishing of the numerous parties which came from Newport yesterday for a day's sport at Beavertail and the Dumplings. In consequence the average catch per man was the smallest of the season.

From the Newport Daily News, October 30, 1907

That there is to be a contest for the office of senator from this town at next Tuesday's election is now assured. The sample ballots have been posted and the name of H. A. Clarke appears as Democratic nominee, opposed to W. F. Caswell, the present Republican incumbent. Matters are at present very quiet, but a more lively time is looked for Tuesday night.

From the Newport Daily News, November 1, 1907

A party of boys committed several minor depredations on cabbage and pumpkin patches last evening.

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

A masquerade Halloween ball was held at the Thomas H. Clarke school Monday evening, when ghosts and witches held sway. Black cats and jack o' lanterns were much in evidence, and the costumes of the dancers were in harmony with the occasion. Music was furnished by a local orchestra. There was a good attendance and the proceeds will go towards defraying the expenses for the annual trip taken by the students.

From the Newport Daily News, November 2, 1932

(A letter to the editor from the Jamestown Board of Trade writing against a state bond issue to be voted on for a bridge across the lower reaches of the Providence river). The town of Jamestown with a 1600 permanent population, through the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company operates the only transportation link across the southern end of Rhode Island for the convenience of its residents and patrons, and because of its geographical situation has the added demands of the summer tourist travelers , and is operated without profit. … The Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company employs permanently approximately 50 persons, most of whom are heads of families, who support, in turn, approximately 250 to 300 people. Its summer pay roll has reached, previous to 1932, including high school girl collectors, 78 employees.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 2, 1957

Adults will receive their second polio shots Monday at 7 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association Headquarters under the auspices of the Arnold Zweir Post 22, American Legion.

From the Newport Daily News, November 5, 1957

Commerce Oil Refining Corp. yesterday lost its motion to dismiss its own conspiracy suit for $2,000,000 damages against 17 Jamestown taxpayers and organizations.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 3, 1982

Rep. Norma B. Willis, a Republican, defeated her Democratic opponent … in the hotly contested race for the General Assembly's Representative District 98, but (her opponent) is going to ask for a recount.

From the Newport Daily News, November 4, 1982

A building permit to construct six town houses on Taylor's Point has been issued to Taylor Point Development Co. of 350 Thames St., Newport. Each unit will be two stories and contain 1,600 square feet. The units will be in one building.. The cost was estimated at $432,000.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 29, 1992

A bald eagle showed up at East Ferry Monday afternoon and was still in the downtown marina area Tuesday morning.

About 350 runners participated in the annual Jack O'Lantern Jog on Sunday. The 3.1 mile jog brought runners around the state and was won by John Petrarca of Providence with a time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 30, 1997

The Jamestown school will no longer celebrate holidays like Halloween unless they can be taught within the context of a specific curriculum.

The Town Council Monday voted unanimously to encourage the preservation of Conanicut Battery, a Revolutionary Was fortification on town-owned land off Battery Lane.

The Jamestown Recreation Department held its annual Jack O'Lantern Jog Sunday Oct. 26. A total of 208 participants dressed up in costumes of all shapes and sizes and laced up their running shoes for this 5K run or walk, and 206 of them crossed the finish line.

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