2008-05-29 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 29
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 26, 1908

The ferry company is having its wharves put in condition for the resumption of summer travel. The hourly schedule goes into effect May 30, after which tickets will be collected as the passengers go aboard instead of as they pass off, as has been done during the winter and spring.

From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1908

Rev. H. N. Jeter appeared before the (town) council asking for the free use of the town hall for religious meetings, permission being granted on the same condition as in previous years. … An ordinance prohibiting the hitching of cattle in the highway was passed and the chief of police ordered to enforce the same. … The petition of H. Audley Clarke for street signs was taken up and it was voted that Charles Sowle be a committee to have signs placed on the principal streets running from Narragansett avenue. … Two bids for the lighting of street lamps at Conanicut Park were received Wilton S. Arnold, $10 and John Rosa $12 per month. Arnold was awarded the contract. (In the compact part of town the contract was awarded to G. W. Peckham, Jr. for $130. Alton Head received the contract for watering the streets with cart, team and man for $5 a day.)

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 26, 1933

(At the town council meeting it was) voted (that) Arthur B. Mitchell and Charles A. Westall be grant- ed to sell fireworks from noon Saturday July 1 to 12 o'clock midnight Tuesday, July 4, subject to the following conditions: That no blank cartridges, no explosive firecrackers over three inches in length or firecrackers containing dynamite be sold.

From the Newport Daily News, May 31, 1933

A large number of townspeople and summer residents gathered at Shoreby Hill Memorial Day to witness the parade. … After the three volleys by the firing squad and taps, the line marched to the Four Corners cemetery. Commander of the Jamestown Post, A. W. Bowser, presented to the town council, as a gift from the Jamestown Post American Legion, the gates of the cemetery, which have recently been placed there, and they were accepted on behalf of the council by Captain Shackford.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1958

The prospective construction of the Commerce Oil refinery in Jamestown was cited today by the Navy as a factor which argues against further buildup in the torpedo testing program at the Underwater Ordinance Station at Newport.

The Jamestown School Committee adopted a $200 a-year wage increase for all teachers at its meeting last night in the Jamestown Elementary School. This raises the minimum from $3,400 to $3,600 and the maximum from $5,400 to $5,600. An additional $200 was granted four teachers holding masters' degrees.

From the Newport Daily News, May 31, 1958

Cmdr. Eugene Lamimam, USN of Jamestown was the principal speaker at the town's Memorial Day exercises yesterday. … The exercises were held at the Four Corners Cemetery following the parade sponsored by the American Legion post. … A short memorial service at the east waterfront preceded the parade. … In the first division, Spanish-American War veterans were represented by William D. Eddy and Cmdr. C. Clay.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 31, 1983

The annual Memorial Day parade in Jamestown stepped off Monday at 10 a.m. led by Lt. Col. Peter F. Drury as marshal. The parade went its entire route with only a few scattering drops of rain as it ended. Thunder and lighting flashed to the north of the island but skirted Jamestown. Rogers High School Band played lively patriotic tunes. … Also in the line of march were all fire engines and vehicles and three ambulances from the Ambulance Corp. … The parade stopped at the Four Corners Town Cemetery for ceremonies and the firing squad fired its volley. … The parade continued to the East Ferry waterfront where ceremonies took place in memory of the veterans who died at sea.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 27, 1993

A temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge to block work on the state Department of Transportation cross-island highway project had not been lifted by late Tuesday afternoon. .. The order was requested last Friday by a coalition of environmental groups, including Save the Bay, which filed a suit against the project last October, claiming that construction of the four-lane bridge-connector highway violates federal laws.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 28, 1998

The first report is in from the Ft. Wetherill Committee on the state's plan to turn the area into an aquatic resource center, and the committee's list of "serious concerns" is long.

A bill in the General Assembly that would allow Jamestown to charge a transfer tax on top of the sale price of a home on the island for the purpose of purchasing open space seems to have stalled in the House of Representatives, at least for the moment.

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