2007-11-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 21
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 20, 1907

The local farmers are harvesting and shipping more than the usual fall crop of cabbages and turnips.

From the Newport Daily News, November 21, 1907

The discontinuing of the Enterprise line which stopped here on the trips between New York and Fall River has materially affected the business of the ferry, and unless the line resumes running soon the ferry company will probably reduce its trips.

From the Newport Daily News, November 23, 1907

The firemen gave the first of their series of whists and dancing last evening in the hall of the Gardner House. The first part of the evening was devoted to progressive whist. … After the whist light refreshments were served and the floor was cleared for dancing. Although the weather was threatening the attendance was large.

From the Newport Daily News, November 25, 1907

Yesterday was the quietest Sunday of the fall on the island, the strong northeast wind and the rain keeping every one indoors. The attendance at the churches was small, while the travel on the ferry was of the lightest order.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Westall and family of Melrose avenue left this morning by motor for Palm Beach, Fla., where they will remain until April.

From the Newport Daily News, November 25, 1932

J. H. Tefft reports a rhododendron in bloom for the second time this year, on his lawn on Grinnell street.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 19, 1957

A resumption of the Jamestown oil refinery battle consumed four hours in Judge Edward W. Day's U.S. District Court in Providence yesterday without reaching any conclusion. The latest phase was on the Commerce Oil refining Corp.'s motion for a summary judgment against the Jamestown Protective Assn.'s pleas for an injunction to halt the refinery construction.

From the Newport Daily News, November 22, 1957

A 21-bed hospital is planned for Jamestown. It became known today when articles of association for a charter were filed with the secretary of state's office in Providence. Andrew P. Quinn, attorney, said the incorporators are Dr. Alfred B. Gobeille, Harold Shipee, John R. Foley and Edward R. Davenport.

From the Newport Daily News, November 23, 1957

The attorney for the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. told the Jamestown Progressive Citizens League last night that foundation and road work for the proposed $70,000,000 refinery may be started before winter sets in.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 18, 1982

The Jamestown Taxpayers Association Wednesday joined the chorus of island protest over a federal plan to sell part of Beavertail. The seven acres of open land at Beavertail has been declared surplus by the General Services Administration. Under new federal regulation it is being put up for sale at a fair market value.

From the Newport Daily News, November 23, 1982

(The Town Council) placed on file a notice from the General Services Administration that the lighthouse on Dutch Harbor Island was declared surplus. Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton told the Council that the Department of Environmental Management had already put in a request for this property.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 19, 1992

Jamestown should get ready for the island-wide revaluation program that will get underway next Monday when appraisers start going door to door to examine the exterior and interior of each property. … Some 3,925 parcels will have to be looked at, and the program must be completed by Dec. 31, 1993 for the 1994 tax roll.

The Jamestown School Committee last week heard several reasons for continuing to send island students to North Kingstown High School. School officials scheduled the Nov. 12 meeting so residents could voice their opinions about what they wanted in a high school, and what criteria should be used to evaluate potential schools.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 20, 1997

While most private wells on the island's north end have good water quality, a written report presented to the Town Council indicates a potential for contamination does exist in wells in Jamestown Shores. The Shores is outside the municipal water and sewer district, and residents depend on private wells for household water and septic tanks for wastewater disposal.

(photo caption) These Jamestown Pack 1 Cub Scouts recently picked up the litter along Hamilton Avenue, which they have adopted.

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