2008-05-22 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 22
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 20, 1908

The wild deer at the north end of the island have committed such depredations on the Sherman farm, occupied by Manuel Rosa, that he has applied to the secretary of state for the necessary permission to shoot them if caught destroying his crops. The herd consists of five deer, three of whom probably swam from the mainland more than a year ago.

From the Newport Daily News, May 22, 1908

Blackfish are running more plentifully and a few are being shipped to Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, May 23, 1908

The fire engine of the local department was given a test by the insurance underwriters yesterday afternoon. The steamer was put on draft on Knowles wharf, taking the water from the bay. The test lasted only a short time and the engine was not driven to attain either a high pressure of steam or water. Taking water as it did from the bay with safety valve set at 80 pounds, the steamer was able to maintain a water pressure of up- wards of 110 pounds with an inch and a half nozzle.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 20, 1933

The faculty and students of the Thomas H. Clarke school Friday celebrated their annual educational trip going by the Short Line buses to Plymouth, where arrangements had been made for their entertainment. In addition to these, the members of the Americanization class were also present, a total of 136 taking the trip. … Among other places visited was Pilgrim hall, many enjoying looking through old documents and records, also the Brewster gardens and Plymouth Rock and the monument.

From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1933

The Tollefson & Dewick fish market opened today for the season.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 23, 1958

John Nicholson (sic) Brown of Providence and Newport and Archibald van Buren of Middletown have been named co-chairmen of a newly-created state-wide advisory board of the Narragansett Bay Home Owners Assn. which is seeking to prevent construction of the proposed $55,000,000 refinery in Jamestown.

Naval Station made its first Sunset League win a resounding one by walloping Jamestown 21-6 last night at Cardine's Field.

From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1958

The state formally took over control and operation of the Jamestown ferry service yesterday shortly after Gov. Dennis J. Roberts had signed the bill abolishing the Jamestown Ferry Authority.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 20, 1983

Appraisers will start work at the north end of Jamestown on Saturday for the revaluation of property for the 1984 tax bills.

The School Committee will consider developing a master plan to coordinate two construction projects- a new roof and a building addition. From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1983

The Town Council is looking for a way to keep Newport's weekend traffic moving across Conanicut Island. Council members said they want to see an end to the bottlenecks at North Road, Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road each time Newport has a special event such as the Blue Angels last weekend.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 20, 1993

If you have been anxiously awaiting the reopening of the library, then wait no longer. … The library opened on Monday this week. Although the building is open for business, construction will continue for the next five weeks until renovations of the old library building are completed.

A total of 97 bird species were seen during the ninth annual Conanicut Island Spring Bird Count held last Saturday. Sixteen birders combed the island hoping to top the record of 114 species sighted in the spring of 1990. … The most notable observation of the day was three ospreys circling the nesting platform on Fox Hill Farm.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 21, 1998

Public Works Director Steven Goslee told the Town Council … that the water tower was painted, and he would start filling it Tuesday. Water from the partially filled tank is set to be tested today, and Goslee said filling the one-milliongallon tank completely would take about a week.

The Jamestown Harbor Management Commission will hold a special public meeting Wednesday, May 27, to discuss a draft proposal sent to the Department of Transportation for an $800,000 federal grant. The Commission has proposed using the grant for reconstruction and repair of the town's piers and harbors.

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