2008-07-31 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 31
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 28, 1908

Each year the Jamestown Improvement Society has appealed to the residents and summer visitors for support in the work of making this resort acceptable and beautiful. The responses have come from a very small number of persons, and quite a number of these have died or moved away. The work of the society is so in evidence that it seems superfluous to recite the directions in which it goes. … The society sends its men each day to pick up debris on the streets, cut grass on the highways, plants trees and flowers and put paths in safe condition.

The race of the large fleet of 15-footers off the east shore yesterday afternoon presented a pretty sight.

From the Newport Daily News, July 29, 1908

All the potato raisers on the island are now shipping their crops, at no time this season has the price been low. At the present figure, $2.35 per barrel, the crop can be handled profitably.

From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1908

Sloop White Cap discharged a deck load of gasoline here today for the Gardner House.

The crop of wild blackberries on the island is very heavy this year, and quantities are being shipped daily to Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, August 1, 1908

The arrival of the training fleet in the east harbor has brightened up the town.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1933

The school committee of Jamestown … elected Clifton E. Bradley of Springfield, Mass., superintendent of schools, to succeed Branford C. Trowt, who resigned.

Thursday was red-letter day in the history of Jamestown Garden Club Flower Show. Never have there been so many charming and original exhibits as were shown, and the attendance far exceeded that of any previous exhibition held by the club.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1958

A new unofficial record of one hour, 52 minutes for the Newport-Jamestown swim was set yesterday by Tina Martin, 18, of 38 Hammond St. The previous record for the two and a half mile swim was held by Walter Gray, 18, of Portsmouth who made the distance in an even two hours on July 4, 1957. … The usual route for the bay crossing swim starts at Poplar Street ramp on Washington Street and ends at East Ferry Beach in Jamestown.

Four Destroyer Force runs in the sixth shattered a 1-1 tie and gave the Navy team a 5-1 Sunset League win over Jamestown yesterday at Cardines Field.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 27, 1983

The Zoning Board of Review Tuesday night unanimously approved construction of a six-unit condominium complex at the site of the former Harbor View Nursing Home. The board granted variances to Norman H. Beretta, contract owner, and Harbor View Condominiums Inc., owner, to tear down the existing building on Conanicus Avenue, and to put up a new two-story building to house the six units.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 29, 1993

The Town Council agreed Monday night to postpone voting on the state's proposal to upgrade North Road until a public workshop on the project with transportation officials can be held.

Save the Bay has permission to end its annual Swim the Bay fundraiser at Potter Cove, providing participants understand that they are swimming in the cove's "ugly" waters at their own risk. Acting on the direction of the Town Council, Town Administrator Frances Shocket sent a letter tweaking the state's largest environmental group for giving the town's sewage treatment plant an ugly rating in its annual report on area wastewater treatment plants titled "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly."

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 30, 1998

The ban on all outdoor residential uses of municipal water was lifted Monday when the height of the water level in the storage tower on Howland Avenue went beyond 85 feet.

Still more delays was the upshot of a July 24 meeting attended by federal, state and local officials concerning the status of the Southwest Avenue road construction project.

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