2008-07-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 10
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 7, 1908

The cable of the Western Union Telegraph Company between Newport and the island is out of order and messages by the line have to be sent by the ferries.

From the Newport Daily News, July 8, 1908

A number of people arrived today to attend the convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, to be held here commencing today.

From the Newport Daily News, July 10, 1908

The weekly serial races of the Conanicut Yacht Club will commence this afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, July 11, 1908

The first hop of the season will be given tonight in the Gardner House hall.

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

(At the Jamestown Board of Trade meeting), as the supply of printed pamphlets of Jamestown was nearly exhausted it was deemed advisable to have more printed. … It was voted that the dues be reduced to $3. This, many thought, would be an inducement to join.

From the Newport Daily News, July 8, 1933

The Young Women's Christian Association vacation camp, "Seaside," at Conanicut Park opened for the season Friday … when more than 100 girls, parents and friends spent the day at the camp.

There was a large attendance at the Saturday Night dance at the Casino, Gadsby's orchestra of Fall River furnishing music.

From the Newport Daily News, July 13, 1933

(At the School Committee meeting) Chairman Hinckley reported that he attended a meeting of the Newport school committee, at which time it was stated that the per capita cost of secondary education in New- port had been figured at $143 per pupil and they were thereby losing about $18 on each pupil.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 7, 1958

(During the Newport Jazz festival) Manager John F. Boone, of the ferry system, who skippered one of the ferries early yesterday morning, when an emergency arose, said the traffic was so heavy it created a record, Boone said. Two boats were operated around the clock with a third frequently put on the run.

From the Newport Daily News, July 10, 1958

The Jamestown Little League Tigers defeated the Red Sox 7-2 last night at the Clarke field. Steve Bakios was the winning pitcher.

From the Newport Daily News, July 12, 1958

The Supreme Court yesterday denied a petition filed by property owners asking that the Jamestown Town Council's action in abandoning a section of Eldred Avenue be quashed.

Is that a fish? Is the first question suggested by a glance at the 200-pound ocean sunfish caught yesterday afternoon in waters between Horsehead and Kettle Bottom Rock.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 7, 1983

The Town Council Wednesday night called for a closer look at a zoning amendment to regulate the conditions under which apartment buildings and multifamily housing may be built.

Clingstone, also known as "the House on the Rocks" at the entrance of Narragansett Bay, may be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Jamestown Planning Board learned Wednesday night.

From the Newport Daily News, July 9, 1983

Vacant theater becomes new mini-shopping mall. [Roy Dutra and Ed Holland bought the 60-year-old building from Jamestown Theatre Inc. for $60,000 last December. Stores mentioned in the mall were: Island Omelet Shop, Paradise Alley (casual clothing), Bullshirts (t-shirts with messages), Cornucopia (health foods) and Sew What (dressmaking and alterations), Arlene's Bake Shop and a bakery.]

From the Newport Daily News, July 12, 1983

The Town Council will look at one more idea to solve the town's trash disposal problem, before deciding whether to send its rubbish to a regional transfer station in South Kingstown. The Council Monday night agreed to hear next week a proposal for a "ministation" similar to Middletown's, though the town administrator warned that the state Department of Environmental Management already has rejected a similar idea.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 9, 1993

Many village businesses have felt the impact of the recession, but now they are feeling the impact of a new villain - vandalism. In recent weeks, windows have been smashed with rocks and a number of blackspray messages have been left on stop signs, buildings and fences.

Town officials plan to create an "animal control facility" at Ft. Wetherill and build a new highway barn on another piece of town-owned land in order to meet federal land-use requirements at the boat basin.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 9, 1998

There's a new face behind the counter at Town Hall - Arlene Kalooski - Jamestown's new town clerk. Kalooski replaced Teri Donovan, who had held the position of clerk for 11 years, but left last month to spend more time with her family.

There were "Ooohs and Aaahs" at the Mackerel Cove town beach last Friday night as the Rocket Dawgz staged the island's annual fireworks display.

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