2008-07-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 17
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 16, 1908

The horses and carriages belonging to Mr. Strawbridge of Philadelphia, who has rented the Morris cottage on the Dumplings, arrived today.

While alighting from the electric busses which run across the island, connecting the Saunders line ferries, a passenger stepped in front of one of the rear wheels, which passed over his foot. The injured man was taken to a physician, and it was found that he had a fortunate escape, the wheel only passing over his toes, one of which was broken.

From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1908

The farmers are shipping their crops of potatoes to Providence via Newport. The crop this year, although not unusually heavy, is the finest in size and shape for a number of years.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 18, 1933

An attractive display is seen in the windows of the Jamestown Red Cross room in the Lyons block on Narragansett Avenue. All garments and other articles, which have been supplied by the Newport Chapter, and garments made by the Jamestown branch, also by the churches and other organizations can be seen. In the east window, a splendid display of a complete layette is shown.

From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1933

The Torpedo Station blasted out three runs in the tenth inning to take a 6-3 decision from Jamestown in the Sunset league game at the Basin Wednesday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 18, 1958

The (Town) Council planned a meeting with the Recreation Board as soon as possible on the adjust- ment of the $2 entrance fee to the Fort Getty recreation area. The fee was charged for the first time Sunday and netted $54 for the weekend. An additional $37 was taken in at Mackerel Cove area.

George E. Conley, candidate for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, today strongly opposed the construction of the proposed Jamestown oil refinery.

From the Newport Daily News, July 19, 1958

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night tabled the town's request for aid in paying the cost of maintaining a guard for the summer at the Beavertail area as was done the past two years.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 18, 1983

The Rev. Frederick Spulnick, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in New Bedford, Mass., has accepted the call of the vestry of St. Matthew's Church in Jamestown to serve there as rector.

From the Newport Daily News, July 19, 1983

State environmental officials probably will end up deciding whether Jamestown can dump their trash close to home and forget it. … DEM is pressing the town to close its landfill, and the group assigned to find a landfill alternative has urged the town to send its trash to a new transfer station in South Kingstown. But hidden costs- including the inconvenience of driving off Conanicut Island or paying someone else to do it- have prompted the Town Council to look at one more alternative. At a Council workshop Monday night, Patrick Maher of Newport's Safeway Systems said he thinks his company can get approval for an on-Island "mini-station," where townspeople could dump their household trash into trailers. At a rate of $25 a ton, Safeway would haul the trash to the Newport compacter.

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

The Town Council will do whatever is necessary to stop the vandalism and harassment of sidewalk strollers that has been taking place in the village at night in recent weeks. … A loitering ordinance, a curfew, and foot-patrols by police are among the proposed solutions to the problem.

A Superior Court judge has upheld an appeal of a Zoning Board decision that would allow the town to build a ball field at what was the corner of East Shore Road and Eldred Avenue.

The Board of Canvassers will be open this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. for preliminary work needed to divide the island into two polling places.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 16, 1998

A ban on all outside residential municipal water users went into effect Monday at midnight, and anyone who violates the prohibition on car and boat washing, lawn and garden watering and pool filling faces a $500 fine. While town officials regularly put a ban on outdoor residential water uses because of drought, this time the problem is too much rain.

The Jamestown School Committee announced the appointment of five more new teachers, bringing the total number of new hires for the 1998-99 school year to seven, awaiting an August announcement of an eighth and final hire.

The town may establish a loading zone and an emergency vehicle access near the foot of the wooden pier at East Ferry, and it may also issue 8-hour parking stickers to the commercial fishermen who use that dock.

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