2008-06-19 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 19
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 17, 1908

The firing of the big guns at Fort Greble yesterday afternoon and this morning jarred house on the island quite perceptively, although the intervening water to so lessen the effect that little or no damage was done to glass or plastering in the nearest cottages.

From the Newport Daily News, June 22, 1908

Yesterday was the hottest Sunday of the summer on the island, it being only about three degrees lower than on Saturday when the thermometer was at 90 during the hottest part of the day.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1933

There was a large attendance at the cooking demonstration given by the Newport Electric Corporation at the Gardner Inn tearoom Friday afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, June 24, 1933

Dr. P. J. Lynam, graduate of Tufts Medical College, is at Dr. Bates Sanitarium, and has assumed the position of resident physician. He has opened an office for private practice in Jamestown.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1958

Frederick C. B. Smyth was appointed Jamestown's first permanent chief of police last night after an ordinance patterned on a similar one in North Kingstown was adopted by the Council.

From the Newport Daily News, June 18, 1958

Grade 8 of the Jamestown Elementary School held its first class day exercises in lieu of the usual graduation ceremony yesterday before a large assembly of parents and friends. … Both seventh grade classes acted as honor guards for the eighth grades for the processional and recessional marches. Approximately 30 pupils from the eighth grades will enter high school in the Newport area next fall.

John Franco, Jamestown pitcher, fired a one-hitter and fanned 15, but he lost to the leading Merchants 5-3 last evening at Cardines Field.

From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1958

The Hudson Maintenance Corp. of Long Island City, N.Y., the lowest of three bidders ($3,444), was awarded the contract for painting the east span of the Jamestown Bridge, at a meeting of the Bridge Commission last night. (The contract for 200 gallons of aluminum paint, at $2.49 per gallon, was awarded to the Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., low bidder. E. R. Vieira was the low bidder at $11,150, to replace timber encasements on 50 piers.) The commission reduced the volume contract rates for all trucks making 1,000 trips across the bridge a year. The $1 rate was dropped to 90 cents and the 90-cent rate for the next 500 trips was dropped to 80 cents.

The Rev. Merle L. Jones, new minister of the Central Baptist Church, Jamestown, will be installed tomorrow night at 7:30.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1983

Sixty-two Grade 8 pupils received diplomas at Jamestown School Thursday night in the school gymnasium.

From the Newport Daily News, June 20, 1983

Hundreds turned out to honor Florence J. Brazil Friday night on her retirement after more than 33 years as a teacher at Jamestown schools. … She began her teaching career at the Carr School in 1939 after graduating from the Rhode Island College of Education (now Rhode Island College) and taught there until her marriage to the late John E. Brazil in 1945. She resigned as a teacher at that time, because the rules of the school department did not allow for married teachers.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 17, 1993

The Harbor Commission is caught in the middle of a dispute between state agencies over the definition of moorings, slips and outhauls. The department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council cannot come to terms over the meanings of these words.

Putting the newly adopted parking ordinance into effect will cost the town $12,000. (it was reported that it would cost $12,094 to replace the signs and sign posts required to enact the new parking ordinance).

Paul Sprague's Jamestown to Newport passenger ferry has been approved by the state Public Utilities Commission.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 19, 1998

Archeologists returned to Southwest Avenue Monday following last week's decision by the state Department of Transportation to resume the $1.9 million road improvement project, this time without the assent of participation of the Narragansett Indian tribe.

With a waiting list for space in Jamestown's waters of 155, up almost 25 percent in two years, the Harbor Office is cracking down on boat-owners who have not used or not paid for their moorings.

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