2008-07-03 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 3
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, July 6, 1908

The amateur fishermen are having considerable sport evenings spearing weakfish, which swarm along the shore about sundown after the schools of little minnows. Armed with an eel spear and a lantern, good catches are being made by the more expert. The record catch of weakfish is 25. A few eels and flounder are being caught in the same manner.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 1, 1933

(At the Town Council meeting) Samuel F. Smith, dog constable, reported on his inspection of the pound, stating that he found the pound to be in a very dilapidated condition and that quite a sum of money would be necessary to repair it for use.

It was voted that a special committee be appointed to keep in touch with the Recovery Act in regard to the construction of public roads and a sewerage plant.

From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1933

The holiday passed very quietly with no casualties reported. The sounding of an alarm from box 34 was for a fire at the Carr farm on the East shore when a firecracker ignited a pile of lumber and set fire to a garage, burning it to the ground. A truck belonging to G. C. Carr was burned, but an automobile was taken out intact. The stormy weather prevented outdoor activities and very few were seen on the golf links and at the beach.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1958

The Jamestown School Committee last night awarded contracts for fuel, oil and taxi service for the 1958-59 school year. The contract for furnishing the fuel oil was awarded to E. R. Vieira Co., the only bidder, whose price was $.0941 for No. 5 distilled grade. Jay B. Whitehead, the lone bidder for gas, was awarded the contract at a price of $.0625. Mrs. Whitehead received the taxi contract for trips in addition to the regular school bus trips. The only bidder, she asked $1.25 for a trip to Beavertail. $1 to the Naval Facility, $.75 to the Carter house on Beavertail and $.50 to the easterly end of Getty Road.

In the discussion the committee frowned on wearing dungarees and bouffant skirts during school hours believing that a certain relationship exists between the type of dress children wear and behavior problems in the classroom.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1983

Time is running out for the town to decide how to ship its trash off Conanicut Island, the town administrator and the Solid Waste Management Committee told the Town Council. The Town Hall's old pendulum clock ticktocked slowly but loudly on the wall Tuesday night, while committee members and Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton Jr. made their pitches for Jamestown's joining a regional rubbish disposal system based in South Kingstown . . . But councilmen were not about to rush into anything. They scheduled one more work session on the issues for July 18, to be followed by a public hearing.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 1, 1993

Following a closed executive session, the Town Council Monday voted 3-2 to purchase the Jamestown Professional Building on North Main Road for use as a senior activities center.

The Town Council Monday voted unanimously to hire two temporary police dispatchers on a permanent basis. … The department now has 16 members: nine patrol offi cers, two sergeants, a lieutenant, and a chief.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 2, 1998

Finance Director Maryanne Crawford, an island resident, has been hired as Jamestown's new town administrator.

Once just the vision of a small group of islanders, the restoration of the area surrounding the historically signifi cant Conanicut Battery is becoming a reality with the signing of a nationally recognized planning firm that will design the 22-acre, town-owned Prospect Hill area. Landscapes of Westport, Conn. And Charlotte, Va. is the planning and landscape design firm hired by the Friends of the Conanicut Battery under the auspices of the Jamestown Historical Society.

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