2008-09-04 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 4
Compiled by Sue Maden

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 1, 1908

As is usual at the first of September, a large number of hotel guests have left during the last two days for their winter homes.

From the Newport Daily News, September 2, 1908

Fishing from the rocks at Beavertail has not been up to the average standard this season, until yesterday, when the fish seem to have struck in, Mr. E. G. Littlefield making a record catch of more than 100 fine tautog.

From the Newport Daily News, September 3, 1908

The Western Union Telegraph office here has closed for the season.

The unusual sight of a horse chestnut tree in bloom in September can be seen on Mr. S. G. Carr's place on the Shore road, where the top of a tree of that species is in full bloom, almost four months after the usual time.

From the Newport Daily News, September 4, 1908

Carter's Inn, better known by its old name of Prospect House, a small hotel on Greene lane, which has not been open the past season, was sold today at public auction. It was struck off to Mr. J. T. Allen of Newport for $5,000.

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

(At the Town Council meeting) the town treasurer was authorized to hire the sum of $5,000 for a period of two months, with further renewals if necessary, said note issued in anticipation of taxes assessed as of June 15, 1933, the money so hired to be used and expended on payment of the current expenses of the town.

The committee on Mackerel Cove beach reported that the beach had been cleaned; voted that the committee be authorized to spend no more than $15 in further cleaning.

From the Newport Daily News, September 6, 1933

W. C. Simpson of Jamestown has returned from a seven weeks' cruise on the Allison V. Armour yacht, Utawana, which arrived in Newport Tuesday. Mr. Armour was on a scientific expedition to Labrador, and Newport was the first port of call after leaving the north.

The Saunders house at Saunderstown, built over 40 years ago, and operated as a hotel for a number of years by Stillman Saunders, and for several years past by Mr. Redman, will close Friday, and Sept. 15, razing operations will commence.

The following books were taken from the Jamestown library during the month of August: history 33, biography 31, travel 52, science and art 29, poetry and drama 41, literature and language 29, miscellaneous 55, fiction 1492.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 2, 1958

Jamestown won the Middletown Babe Ruth League by scoring four runs in the eighth inning to defeat Chaves' Heating, 6-3, in extra innings. From the Newport Daily News, September 8, 1958

A song recital was given by the voice pupils of Miss Emma Reid Mitchell at her summer home "Stonewall Cottage" at Conanicut Park, Jamestown, yesterday afternoon.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 1, 1983

Jamestown residents could keep dumping their household trash on Conanicut Island — if they're willing to pay someone to keep an eye on them, a state environmental official said today. Even if the state were to license the "mini-station" town officials are considering, islanders probably will be on dumping borrowed time, said Frank Stephenson of the state Department of Environmental Management. "I can't imagine the design is going to serve the town of Jamestown for the extended future."

A reception was held for the Rev. Frederick Spulnik, rector of St. Matthew's Church, Sunday after the 10 a.m. service. Father Spulnick, who became the new rector of St. Matthew's Church on Sept. 1, conducted his first service at the parish.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 2, 1993

With only 30 to 35 days of water left in the North reservoir, the Town Council is set to meet in an emergency session at 6 p.m. tonight to discuss what steps can be taken to alleviate the water shortage.

Opponents of the cross-island highway have filed an appeal of U.S. District Judge Francis J. Boyle's decision last month that gave a green light to the state's road project.

Today is the first day of classes at the Jamestown School. Helen O'Hara, the school's pupil services director, said approximately 590 students are enrolled this year (the count changes every day). To provide the education and services, there are 42 teachers, three administrators, 12 school aides, two secretaries, a custodial staff of three, a cook and cook's helper.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 3, 1998

A decision by the Zoning Board of Review last week in favor of converting a small, grassy residential lot off Hammet Court into a parking lot has ended 10 years of dispute.

The population of the two schools has reached 670, but with the addition of a few new classrooms and the teachers to front them, no class will have more than 21 students.

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