2008-05-08 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 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, May 5, 1908

The first catch of any amount of scup along the shore of the island was made yesterday when about 15 barrels were caught by the Northrup traps in the west bay.

From the Newport Daily News, May 6, 1908

The roller skating season ended here last evening. The dining room of the Gardner House which has been used for roller skating, will be put in order for the season.

From the Newport Daily News, May 8, 1908

Today being Arbor day, exercises were held in the public schools this morning. There were a number of visitors to listen to the little ones.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1908

The Alexander cottage at Beavertail has been leased, and is to be used as a tea house during the coming season.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 8, 1933

A unique parade was held Saturday evening, featuring "Henry's Wedding," which will be given at the Palace Theatre Thursday and Friday evening of this week. (The parade was led by the Chief of Police and included the Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, the entire Jamestown Fire apparatus, the firemen in fire-fighting togs, and the actors playing the bride and groom in a high-seated 1880 open surrey drawn by a black and white horse.)

From the Newport Daily News. May 11, 1933

(Arthur B. Mitchell was awarded the contract by the town council for running the Mackerel Cove beach pavilion, "strictly on a 50-50 basis, the bidder to pay one half of operating expenses and the town one half.") … Voted, that Lyons Market and the Jamestown Pharmacy be granted a temporary permit, to expire, May 31, for the purpose of selling light wines and beer.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1958

Sen. Theodore Francis Green has come out in opposition to the construction of an oil refinery in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, May 8, 1958

Jamestown Democrats rode the refinery issue to another decisive victory in the annual town election. The Democrats won every contested office by margins from 141 to 423 votes. A total of 1,324 of 1,732 voters turned out.

From the Newport Daily News, May 10, 1958

Grades 7 and 8 of the Jamestown Elementary School held ceremonies yesterday at the school grounds in connection with planting a dogwood tree, the gift to the class of 1958, by Isabel McNulty.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 5, 1983

The Republicans captured four of the five Town Council seats Wednesday, maintaining the status quo of Republican control. … About 50 percent of the 2,900 eligible voters turned out for Wednesday's election.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1983

The fate of the Jamestown Ferry Boat is set for a Providence Superior Court hearing Friday. Judge Eugene Cochran will try to determine the owner of the boat. The boat - sold at auction Feb. 26 - has been sitting in limbo at the East Ferry Dock. … The ferry boat, formerly an inn and a restaurant, is a former New York ferry. The boat has been docked at the East Ferry slip since 1971. The slip is leased from the town for a $1 annual fee. From the Newport Daily News, May 10, 1983

The Town Council Monday night asked the town administrator to look into a street sign program. … The town administrator and town engineer will present a proposed program to the Council.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 7, 1993

Jamestown's Democrats retained control of the Town Council, School Committee, and the town moderator post in the election Wednesday.

Lyme disease-carrying ticks are just as bad on the north end of Conanicut Island as they are on Prudence and Block Island, according to biologist Numi Goodyear of Jamestown's Conservation Agency.

The Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority has taken under consideration a request by Jamestown officials asking it to pay a user's fee in lieu of taxes for services it gets from the town.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 7, 1998

After 14 years at Town Hall, Town Clerk, Theresa "Teri" Donovan will work her last day on Friday, June 12. (Donovan was town clerk for 11 years after serving three years as deputy clerk.)

The Jamestown Rotary will be holding its 34th annual May Breakfast at the Lawn Avenue School on Saturday, May 9, from 7 to 10 a.m.

After a week of digging up the intersection of Southwest and Hamilton Avenues, one possible Narragansett Indian burial site has been found.

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