2008-08-07 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 7
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, August 3, 1908

This morning the passengers on the ferries had an unusual sight witnessing a large school of porpoises feeding and frolicking in the bay. On several trips the ferry went directly though the school and some of the large fish broke water directly beneath the guards of the boat.

From the Newport Daily News, August 7, 1908

Many blackberry parties visit the island from Newport daily. A number were caught yesterday afternoon in the heavy shower and drenched.

A number of farmers from Newport and Narragansett are on the island today, to attend the auction of livestock at the S. A. Pierce place, near the west ferry.

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

Many citizens of Jamestown, especially those of a generation ago, will be interested on learning that the Chapel of the Transfiguration, which had stood for many years on the old North road, near Carr's lane, has been purchased from the Protestant Episcopal Church of Rhode Island by Mrs. Georgina Logan Day … and is moved by Thomas Preece of Newport to a lot on Harbor street.

Eugene S. Newbold entertained 50 members of the Beavertail Golf and Country Club at the club Saturday. Previous to the tournament, dinner was prepared and served by LaForge of Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, August 4, 1933

Paul Weicker tamed the Hummers as he twirled Jamestown to an 8-5 victory in the Sunset League at the Basin Thursday evening. He allowed only four hits, struck out 11 and passed seven. An old shoulder ailment forced him to retire in the eighth. Jim Drury relieved him. From the Newport Daily News, August 5, 1933

Section Jamestown of the Socialist party held its monthly meeting at the home of Arthur B. Hinckley on High street, Chairman Bolender presiding. Organizer Hinckley read a letter sent to the Jamestown town council, asking for an explanation on the refusal of the use of the town hall.

From the Newport Daily News, August 8, 1933

That Jamestown still holds its popularity with the older officers of the navy was clearly shown at the annual admiral's party. (Seventeen were present.)

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 1, 1958

For the first time in more than 25 years the name of State Sen. Alton F. Head Jr. will not be identified with politics in Jamestown Republican circles. His withdrawal from the political field was the major incident to filing of Newport County declarations of candidacy yesterday.

Jamestown out batted Broadway Hardware, 11-5, last evening in a 5-5 Sunset League stalemate ended by rain at the end of six innings.

From the Newport Daily News, August 7, 1958

Two commercial oil tankers (SS Gulf Oil and SS S. E. Graham) collided in thick fog in the entrance to Newport harbor at 6:37 a.m. today and were immediately ripped by fire and explosion that killed at least 15 men and injured an estimated 30.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 2, 1983

The water was cold and choppy, but 100 swimmers participated in Save the Bay's seventh annual Save the Bay event Saturday.

Officials working on the proposed waterfront ordinance want to "keep it simple" and still control the growth of moorings in Jamestown. Toward these ends, the Town Council and the Waterfront Authority Monday night spent the better part of a two-hour workshop discussing how much to charge whom for mooring fees.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 5, 1993

Opponents of the cross-island highway now under construction plan to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the project does not violate environmental-protections laws.

Economists may be forecasting more gloom and doom, but many island shopkeepers and restaurants say this summer's business has been better than expected.

The construction project at West Ferry, with the exception of a few remaining details, has finally been completed. The project replaced an existing deteriorated wooden bulkhead with a stone riprap barrier.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 6, 1998

The Town Council wants the state Department of Environmental Management to scale down the size of the fisheries laboratory it proposes to build next to the boat basin at Ft. Wetherill State Park.

Even before the first of the nearly 300 swimmers rounded Taylor's Point on the last leg of the 1.7 mile cross-bay swim, the beach at Potter Cove was a sea of activity as hundreds of volunteers and onlookers prepared for their arrival.

Town Planner Lisa Bryer has just reported to the Planning Commission that 33 percent of the community surveys sent out to Jamestown homes this spring were returned.

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