2007-11-08 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 8
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, November 4, 1907

The numerous fishing parties from Newport which visited the rocks at Beavertail and the Dumplings yesterday, returned with more catches of tautog. The fish were not plentiful but those caught averaged above the usual size.

From the Newport Daily News, November 5, 1907

Captain Slocum in his little sloop Spray _ famous for having made a trip around the world _ anchored in the east harbor last night, leaving this morning on his way to the Orinoco river, South America.

From the Newport Daily News, November 9, 1907

Mr. Seth Pierce brought a pair of mules to his place yesterday, the first pair of these animals to be kept on the island for several years, and according to some of the residents who were out late last night, they do not wish to see or hear any more. One got away … and evidently trying to get back to Newport, wandered down to the ferry landing shortly after midnight. … and finding his way blocked made the hideous with a series of brays.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 9, 1932

When Newport, with one exception, swung into the Democratic column for national and state offices in Tuesday's elections, the towns of Newport County _ Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Little Compton, New Shoreham and Tiverton _ adhered to their traditional policy of returning big Republican majorities in every instance. (In Jamestown, 578 voted for Hoover and 243 for Roosevelt; 31 voted for the bridge loan and 510 against.)

From the Newport Daily News, November 10, 1932

A committee has been formed (of the John Eldred chapter of the DAR) to sew on the cotton given by the government to be distributed by the Red Cross. Meeting will be held … to sew for the unemployed and needy of the island.

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1932

Jamestown Post, American Legion and Auxiliary, the Legion Drum and Bugle corps and other organizations, took part in the Armistice Day parade, marching to the town hall where imprressive exercises were held. …The Armistice ball held Thursday evening at the Holy Ghost hall by the local American Legion was largely attended. Music was furnished by the Newport Majestic orchestra. At 11 o'clock, all stood in silence for one moment, dancing was then resumed and noise makers and balloons were distributed.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 7, 1957

The presidents of Rhode Island's two lending banks said today that no formal agreements have been made to loan $1,000,000 each to help finance the Commerce Oil Refining Corp.'s proposed Jamestown refinery. … The Commerce Oil income statement indicates estimated profits of from $10,450,000 to $14,000,000 the first year and from $60,600,000 to $83,600,000 by the seventh year, as available for amortization of funded debt.

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1957

Cold weather curtailed the planned Armistice Day observance in Jamestown. A short parade was held from the Recreation Center to the Town Hall along Narragansett Avenue, and return. The scheduled speaking was postponed because of the weather, which also kept spectator interest at a minimum.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 9, 1982

The Town Council is expected Monday to take up a state plan to name a committee to select a route for the connector road between the Newport and Jamestown Bridges.

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1982

Arnold-Zweir American Legion post and its auxiliary and Memorial Post VFW dedicated a new flag pole during Veterans Day ceremonies at Memorial Square at East Ferry and massing of the colors.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 6, 1992

A predicted heavy voter turnout Tuesday produced long lines and long waits at the island's sole polling place. Some 2,698 of Jamestown's 3,618 registered voters _ about 75 percent _ showed up at the Community Center to cast their ballots. … But while eight voting machines were in use, most voters found that it took two hours from the time they entered the building until they left. (As of 7 a.m. Wednesday following the election Clinton/Gore had 1,265 votes and Bush/Quayle had 817.)

The Jamestown School Committee learned last Thursday that regionalizing the high school with another community would probably not attract hoped for state funding.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 6, 1997

After a two-and-a-half hour public workshop on proposed state plans to build a marine fisheries laboratory at Ft. Wetherill boat basin, the Town Council will take up the topic again on Monday, Nov. 10.

Neighbors were not happy with plans proposed by a group of parents to build a skate park at the "dirt pile" site in the northwest corner of the school's athletic field.

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