2008-08-14 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 14
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 12, 1908

The Old Home Week festivities at the Carr Homestead were closed with the play Saturday evening.

Mr. Robert Goelet of Newport entertained a small party last evening at the Goelet Fishing Club at Beavertail, Steamer Conanicut making an extra trip about midnight to take the party back.

The band concert last evening drew a large gathering which not only enjoyed the music but also the sail on the bay, conditions of both moon and wind being perfect.

From the Newport Daily News, August 14, 1908

Considerable complaint is being made in regard to the reckless shooting at the rifle range on Fort Greble as the ferryboats pass. A number of passengers have stated that bullets have glanced from the targets and have passed near the boats.

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

An interesting feature of the opening of the American Legion carnival will be a doll contest for girls and a marble contest for boys.

From the Newport Daily News, August 11, 1933

The regular Thursday evening camp fire service was held at "Seaside" camp, Conanicut Park.

Jamestown's tax rate for the next fiscal year is to remain at $20 per $1,000 valuation. … The assessors placed the following valuation on property: Land, $2,108,035; buildings, $2,534,195; tangible property, $444,807; intangible property, $255,689.

From the Newport Daily News, August 16, 1933

Although out-hit in a free slugging match, the Union Athletic Club defeated Jamestown 7-5 at the Basin Tuesday evening.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 11, 1958

A Jamestown to Newport swimming race on Monday, Aug. 25, will be sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police. … Each swimmer should be accompanied by a rowboat.

From the Newport Daily News, August 16, 1958

Revenues from the Jamestown Bridge for the first two weeks of August amounted to a gross of $1,379.90 or seven percent more than the same period last year. … Hull (Charles L., manager) reported that T. R. Kaiser has completed the installation of new navigation light fixtures which he said are a 100 percent improvement over the originals. He also added that he had distributed 7,000 bridge brochures on routes to Cape Cod and the Connecticut Turnpike.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 9, 1983

"Harbor View," a landmark along the waterfront, is slated to be razed soon to make way for a new six-unit condominium. Built in 1887 as a summer boarding house, the building served as a nursing home until a few years ago.

Fifty-five Jamestown artists displayed their works at the ninth annual Conanicut Island Art Association art show Friday through Sunday at the Recreation Center.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 13, 1993

The Town Council will meet in a special session Monday, Aug. 16, to discuss spending $160,000 to purchase federally-owned land at Ft. Wetherill where the town's highway barn is located.

Fire department members have named a committee to examine the feasibility of erecting a station house on a site somewhere on the island's north end.

The newly formed Senior Center Action Committee may try to raise $120,000 in donations from local residents to establish an activities center for the island's senior citizens. Town council members have voted to pay $225,000 to buy the professional build- ing on North Main Road for use as a senior center, providing no local property-tax dollars are spent.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 13, 1998

North Pond reservoir is down 17 inches from capacity, but the Town Council Tuesday voted not to implement any more restrictions on the outside residential uses of municipal water.

The state Department of Transportation notified Town Council President Craig Amerigian last week that a proposed infrastructure project at East Ferry has been approved to receive a federal Ferryboat Discretionary Grant of $425,000.

A landmark federal policy making Rhode Island the only state in the country to ban the dumping of marine sewage in all its coastal waters was announced by state and federal officials at a press conference Monday.

The fourth annual Jamestown Island Paddle drew over 30 kayakers who paddled the perimeter of the island to benefit local charities.

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