2008-08-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 21
Compiled by Sue Maden

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 18, 1908

There was a large attendance from here to the first day of tennis in Newport, the ferries being taxed to the utmost to transfer the carriages and automobiles. The Conanicut was obliged to leave several behind on her 10 o'clock trip from here.

From the Newport Daily News, August 22, 1908

This afternoon the Conanicut Yacht Club will hold its annual water sports at the clubhouse. These have become an occasion for the young people, and some who were younger once, to show their skill in the water and some good exhibitions may be looked for, and some fun, especially in the canoe tilting and the tub races.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 17, 1933

(At the town council meeting) it was voted that the following bills be paid out of the State Unemployment Relief Fund: July 24 to August 12, work relief, $415; transportation and supplies, $ 245.76; administration, $31.15.

From the Newport Daily News, August 19, 1933

The American Legion, Jamestown Post and Auxiliary carnival, which has been in operation during the past week, will come to a close tonight. The attendance each evening has far exceeded expectations and the financial outcome has been gratifying.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, August 19, 1958

President Potter (J.H.N., President of the Jamestown Historical Society) gave a resume of the year's work of the society. He spoke of the restoration fund for the windmill on North Road, including the grant from the Rhode Island Foundation which enabled the society to proceed with shingling the mill.

From the Newport Daily News, August 22, 1958

The Jamestown tax rate has been dropped from $31 to $16.20 per $1,000 valuation as the result of the recentlycompleted revaluation of property, but valuations have been generally doubled.

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

The Jamestown Shores Association will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an open house Saturday at the Beacon Avenue Club House from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This will be followed at 9 p.m. with a movie of the earlier America's Cup Races. The association was formed in 1948 by a group of neighbors working to improve the area. Its aims were to promote the welfare of the members and residents of Jamestown Shores, to advance and protect their interest and to create an atmosphere of neighborliness and friendship.

From the Newport Daily News, August 22, 1983

The 8th annual Fools' Rules Regatta Saturday at East Ferry Beach attracted the usual large crowd as the thermometer hovered around the 90 degree mark in the shade. … This year there were only twenty entries, about half the number of last year. The event was sponsored by the Jamestown Taxpayers Association.

Fair skies and a gentle northwest wind made for an ideal Sunday afternoon for the 4th annual Kite Festival sponsored by the Jamestown Republican Town Committee.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 19, 1993

The Town Council Monday in a special session voted 4-0 to spend $160,000 to get free title to a parcel of federally owned land at Ft. Wetherill where the town's highway barn sits now. In a second 4-0 vote, council members approved setting up a Ft. Wetherill Utilization Committee that will investigate ways the town can earn revenue from the property.

The old Jamestown Bridge was officially closed to fishermen last week when state Department of Transportation workers welded shut a broken chain-link fence on the span's North Kingstown side.

The official installation of the town's postmaster was held last week when some 80 friends, family members, postal workers and town officials observed. Edwin D. Booth was installed as the town's postmaster at a ceremony held last Wednesday at St. Matthew's Church.

The Jamestown Fire Department recently purchased a new rescue vehicle. The tuck was purchased from Specialty Vehicles in Massachusetts at a cost of $87,000 with a trade in on the old rescue vehicle.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, August 20, 1998

The state Department of Environmental Management indicated in a meeting last week with local, state, and federal representatives that it will revise its plans for developing a multi-building "aquatic resources center" at Ft. Wetherill.

Fools turned out in record numbers Saturday morning to build a "seaworthy" vessel for the 21st annual Fools' Rules Regatta sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club. For the past 10 years, the event has consistently drawn at least 40 contestants … By 10:50 a.m. this year, just prior to the cannon signaling the first race and about the same time the 230 T-shirts sold out, 59 crews had signed on.

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