2008-06-26 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 26
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 26, 1908

The graduating exercises of the grammar school were held in the forenoon in the school building on Southwest avenue. … The school room in which the exercises took place was barely large enough to accommodate the friends and parents of the pupils who attended. … There were five me mbers of th is ye ar's class to graduate- Clara Head, Hope Higgins, Clara Howland, Bessie Sheehan and Richard Cory.

From the Newport Daily News, June 27, 1908

One bungalow has been completed at the new shore resort on the Carr farm. A portion of this farm has been platted and named Narragansett Park, and a wharf is under construction, as is also another bungalow. The location of the Park is about a mile and one half above the town on the east shore of the island.

From the Newport Daily News, June 29, 1908

Dr. W. Lincoln Bates gave an informal reception today at the Bates sanitarium in honor of the graduation of his wife, Mrs. Martha B. Bates, from Boston University as a doctor of medicine. There were about 250 guests from Boston, Providence and other places and a full 75 from Jamestown. The house was extensively decorated with cut flowers an d pl ants, gr een be ing th e prevailing color.

Weakfish ha ve st ruck in go od nu mbers, th e lo cal fishermen ge tting la rge ca tches in th eir tr aps ye sterday and today.

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

The weather favored the members of the Holy Ghost Societies from Providence, Fall River, New Bedford, Newport, and Portsmouth, which came to Jamestown Sunday to celebrate the sixth annual Festival of the Holy Ghost Society.

Beginning July 1, the postage on letters mailed for local delivery in Jamestown will be two cents. On letters addressed to persons or individual outside of the town or letters mailed at the two cent rate and required to be forwarded, the postage will be three cents.

There will be many local and state official gu ests at the fourth birthday party of the Jamestown American Legion and Auxiliary.

From the Newport Daily News, June 27, 1933

The graduation exercises of the Thomas H. Clarke school were held Monday evening in the Palace Theatre, when one of the largest graduating classes in the history of the town concluded their grammar school work. The theatre held a capacity audience. The exercises opened at 7:30, the rise of the curtain displaying a class of 29 boys and girls, the former wearing dark clothes and the girls arrayed in white gowns and holding arm bouquets of pink roses. The class motto, "Excelsior," in gold letters on a red satin background gave a pretty touch to the picture. The class colors are red and white and the class flower, ca rnation.

From the Newport Daily News, June 29, 1933

(At the School Committee it was voted) that the Fisk Teachers Agency be requested to furnish the names of three candidates for the position of teaching and a superintendent (B. C. Trowt had resigned) at a salary of $2,000. Rhode Island candidates should be given preference.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 24, 1958

(At the Town Council meeting it was determined that) a study of Jamestown's building and health codes will begin at once to determine possible violations of both by those who come to the town and erect homes for the summer. … Chairman Stephen R. Smith and Councilman Harold E. Shippee were appointed a committee to contact the Navy to allow the reopening of Beavertail for the summer. Shippee said he had been working for legislation to have the area returned to the town and will continue to work toward that end.

From the Newport Daily News, June 30, 1958

(An ad appears for the opening on June 30 of an office in Ja mestown fo r th e In dustrial Na tional Ba nk; hours were Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shirley D. Olson was "in charge.")

25 years ago From the Newport daily News, June 24, 1983

The Jamestown School Committee decided Thursday night to replace the Jamestown School's leaky roof.

From the Newport Daily News, June 28, 1983

The Town Council passed an emergency ordinance Monday night banning swimming at the East Ferry Pier. The ordinance is a temporary measure that prohibits swimming for 61 days from the north side of the steel pier to the south side of the ferry landing area.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 24, 1993

A Jamestown family returned home Saturday after three and a half years of cruising their sailboat around the world. At precisely noon, Chris and Trice Bouziad and their daughter Jaime sailed their Little Harbor 50 Wai-Aniwa to their house on Mackerel Cove.

The Jamestown Museum will present "Back to the 40s, part II" as its new summer exhibit.

Save the Bay's recent "ugly" rating of the town's sewage treatment plant is unfair, according to Public Works Director Steven Goslee.

Fifty-eight Jamestown School eighth graders received congratulations, awards, and diplomas last week at a graduation ceremony in the Lawn Avenue gymnasium.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 25, 1998

By last Friday, archeologists completed an exploration of the potential Narragansett Indian burial site that had held up the state Department of Transportation's work on Southwest Avenue last month and determined it was not a grave.

Jamestown School graduated 64 eighth grade students at a ceremony June 18 at the Lawn Avenue school gymnasium.

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