2008-09-11 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 11
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, September 8, 1908

The cast that gave a play at the Carr Homestead on the evening of August 8 have presented to the Jamestown Free Library a large quartered oak desk, well equipped with roomy drawers. This will prove very useful as the librarian has been cramped for space heretofore.

Yesterday was one of the liveliest Labor days ever seen on the island. Numerous parties were entertained by relatives and friends, while other parties from Newport and vicinity visited Beavertail to fish and the swamps to gather wild grapes.

From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1908

A large number of fishing and graping parties were on the island yesterday.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 8, 1933

The excellence of the train service at Kingston was voiced by the many members of the summer colony (at the Board of Trade meeting), and plans were made to bring bus service to Saunderstown from Kingston during the summer of 1934. … Early boat service on the west bay for the accommodation of motorists leaving Jamestown was discussed.

From the Newport Daily News, September 9, 1933

A pre-school immunization clinic for the prevention of diphtheria will be held Monday, October 2, at 2:15 in the kindergarten room of the Carr school. A banner is to be awarded to the town in the state having 100 per cent of its children treated.

From the Newport Daily News, September 13, 1933

The Beavertail Golf and Country Club has issued invitations to the officers on the Norfolk and Wyoming to play golf and tennis during their stay in the harbor.

From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1933

Enrollments in the schools of Jamestown total 281, with 109 pupils attending Rogers High in Newport.

… Registration by grade is as follows: Kindergarten 27; first grade 40; second grade 27; third grade 32; fourth grade 33; making a total in the Carr school of 159; fifth grade 42; sixth grade 28, seventh grade 26; eighth grade 26; making a total of 122 in the Clarke school.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 9, 1958

The Jamestown Town Council last night accepted the estimate of $775 from the Spaulding Moss Co. of Boston for preparing and printing 1,500 tax books to be made available to the public.

The Clemshaw firm submitted a bill for $3,562, fi- nal installment on the $11,000 cost of the revaluation except for the 10 per cent retained by the town until the work is completed.

The Council will ask commanding officers at Fort Wetherill and Beavertail to allow spectators on the reservations to view the boats on their way out and back from the America's Cup races.

The Industrial National Bank's Jamestown branch was given permission to erect a 24 by 30 inch hanging sign at the corner of Green Lane and Narragansett Avenue, in colonial pattern.

From the Newport Daily News, September 10, 1958

A new high of 386 pupils in opening day elementary school enrollment in Jamestown was reported to the Jamestown School Committee last night. Supt. Anthony J. Miller said this compares to 380 on opening day last year. In addition, 107 Jamestown pupils are enrolled in Newport junior and senior high schools.

From the Newport Daily News, September 13, 1958

The high ferry tolls, long a source of discouragement to tourists who bypassed Newport to take the longer highway route through Providence, will be sharply reduced or entirely eliminated if precampaign promises of candidates for office are followed.

Gov. Dennis J. Roberts, speaking to Jamestown voters at a Democratic dinner yesterday, renewed his backing of the oil refinery in Jamestown proposed by the Commerce Oil Refining Corp.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 13, 1983

The General Assembly was back in Providence today. … The largest bond issue, $45 million, is earmarked for the Department of Transportation for replacing the Jamestown Bridge and other projects.

The race is on to see if the state can prop up the old Jamestown Bridge long enough to get the new one built. Monday night, Town Councilman Alton Head III prodded his colleagues to nudge the state to inspect and repair crumbling bridge piers while it tries to raise money to replace the span.

From the Newport Daily News, September 14, 1983

About 50 Jamestown residents and state legislators turned out at a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed $45 million bond issue, $18 million of which is earmarked for the construction for the Jamestown Bridge project.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 10, 1993

Faced with a water crisis that worsens daily, the Town Council Wednesday voted unanimously to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency on the island. The council, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners in a second emergency session within eight days, also voted unanimously to ask the town of North Kingstown to provide Jamestown with 300,000 gallons of water a day.

Construction on the $23 million cross-island highway has reached a point where, from the air at least, its path is clearly delineated.

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

Dutch Harbor's lobster habitat project got the attention of U.S. Sen. John Chafee this week. He spoke about the need to restore coastal habitats at a public conference held Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island Sea Grant, all jointly responsible for the research being conducted on lobsters off Dutch Island.

Between now and Oct. 30, the state Department of Transportation will be accepting bids on five houses near Route 138 in Jamestown that are on the auction block. The houses — located at 14 Hull Ct, 12, 20 and 22 Hull St., and 7 Spindrift Dr. — were purchased by the state years ago because the yards were in the way of construction when the road was widened into a four-lane, limited access highway.

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