2008-06-12 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 12
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, June 10, 1908

Improvements and repairs are being made to the Goelet Fishing Club house and grounds at Beavertail.

"Seaside Cottage" at Conanicut Park, at which the girls in the Providence stores take their vacation, is open for the summer.

A party of young people enjoyed the first straw ride of the season to Beavertail last evening, stopping at the Grey Ledge cottage at the (Beavertail) point for dancing and lunch.

From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1908

Early strawberries are ripe and some of the finest berries raised on the island for years are being shipped to Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, June 16, 1908

Accommodations for the state militia are being built at Fort Wetherill.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 10, 1933

(At the school committee meting) it was voted that the clerk be instructed to notify Attorney Sullivan (who had urged the committee to settle a claim for tuition at De La Salle Academy) that a vote is on record (May 26, 1925) which states that the Jamestown School department would pay tuition to Rogers High School only.

The Beavertail Golf and Country Club has opened for the season, with Mr. and Mrs. John Jaspar of New York in charge. William O'Hanley, as in past years, will be the pro, and will be assisted by John Barry.

From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1933

The Gardner Inn opened today for the season. The Brown University class of 1923 will hold their tenth annual reunion here Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week.

From the Newport Daily News, June 16, 1933

Andrew J. Williams, the only survivor of the Civil war, now living in Jamestown, celebrated his ninetyfirst birthday at his home on Columbia avenue on Thursday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 10, 1958

The Jamestown Town Council last night accepted the low bid of $1,129 submitted by Harold Richardson of the Central Garage for a Ford car for the police department. … The request of Theodore Carr that the Council explore the idea of having the entire island sprayed for ticks was referred to Councilman Frank Brazil. Brazil noted that two years ago an estimate of $7,000 was given for spraying and he added, "Spraying the entire island is a serious thing."

From the Newport Daily News, June 12, 1958

Round-the-clock service for the Newport-Jamestown ferry will start at midnight Friday and continue through Sept. 15, Gov. Dennis J. Roberts announced today. This will be the first time in the ferry's centuries old history that a 24-hour schedule has been provided. Previously the latest trip was at midnight.

From the Newport Daily News, June 13, 1958

The Conanicut Yacht Club opens its 67th year of activities tomorrow.

From the Newport Daily News, June 14, 1958

Grades 4, 5 and 6 of the Jamestown Elementary School held their annual field day events Thursday at the Recreation field.

From the Newport Daily News, June 16, 1958

Grades 7 and 8 of the Jamestown Elementary School held their annual field day Friday at the rec- reation field.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 11, 1983

Fifty-two Jamestown students were among the graduates Friday night at North Kingstown High School during out door graduation ceremonies at the school. From the Newport Daily News, June 13, 1983

Almost 40,000 more vehicles crossed the Newport Bridge last month than crossed it during May of 1982. … During the 11 months ending May 31, 3,798,759 vehicles crossed the bridge, compared to 3,509,834 during the corresponding period in 1982. From the Newport Daily News, June 14, 1983

The Town Council set a six percent cap on spending for the 1984-85 budget Monday night,

The town has been urged to join the South Kingstown Regional Transfer and recycling Station. The Solid Waste Management Committee said joining the South Kingstown facility would be the best solution for the overcrowded landfill on North Road.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 10, 1993

A federal judge Tuesday lifted the temporary restraining order that had stopped all work on the state's cross-island highway project for two weeks.

A two-man committee charged with reviewing proposals for keeping the boat basin at Ft. Wetherill as a town-owned property was formed Monday at an emergency Town Council session.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 11, 1998

The state Department of Transportation will continue the upgrade construction project on Southwest Avenue in about 10 days. … DOT would be following design plans approved by the Town Council and the DOT in September 1997. Those plans call for two travel lanes, two breakdown lanes, improved drainage, and a sidewalk of crushed stone on the west side of the street running from Narragansett Avenue to Mackerel Cove.

The Town Council … voted 4-0 to hire Arlene Kalooski, an island resident, as the new town clerk.

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