2008-09-18 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 18
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 15, 1908

For several hours yesterday passengers arriving on the ferries were obliged to walk to their cottages or hotels, as carriages were not to be had for hire. The cause was not on account of their being busy, although the drivers were, their unusual activity being directed in trying to do credit to an excellent clambake at Caswell's grove on Howland avenue. When the dinner was served not a driver was absent, hence the dearth of carriages for hire. After the bake a ball game between the Jamestown ball team and the drivers started, but only ran five innings which was enough to prove the drivers had done so well by the clams that base ball required too violent exercise. Not a man of the drivers' team succeeded in crossing the home plate.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 18, 1933

The caddy tournament at the Beavertail Golf and Country Club was concluded Friday. (Those who played were Bill Stillman, Anthony Perry, who as winner received an Elgin watch, A. Santos, Sammy Curtis, Joseph Martin, Lawrence Robinson, Charles Benheimer Jr., and George Wright.)

Beavertail was the mecca Sunday for nearly everyone owning a car, and from early in the morning until late afternoon a line of cars could be seen making their way to the light. The surf was the grandest seen at Beavertail for many years and far exceeded in beauty that a few weeks ago during the storm.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 15, 1958

Continued opposition to the proposed $55,000,000 oil refinery in Jamestown can prevent its construction, Lewis Calvani, president of the Narragansett Bay Home Owners Assn., told the annual meeting yesterday at Rogers High School. About 150 attended.

From the Newport Daily News, September 23, 1958

A budget of $129,506 for the fiscal year starting Dec. 1 was adopted Friday night by the Jamestown Bridge Commission. The budget, $963 less than last year, includes $36,000 in maintenance and repair work. … Hull (Charles L., bridge manager) reported that gross revenue for the first 18 days in September was $1,752.92 or 10 per cent more than the same period last year.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 16, 1983

The Save the Golf Course Committee Wednesday night made plans to attend a Department of Environmental Management meeting on open space Sept. 22

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 16, 1993

Drug Enforcement Administration officers have confi scated 101 marijuana plants in Jamestown within the last two weeks. After flying-over the island on Aug. 31 and again on Sept. 9, the DEA confiscated plants from three locations.

The National Guard is set to start delivering water in four 5,000 gallon tank trucks this morning to replenish North Pond reservoir, which now contains less that a month's supply of water.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 17, 1998

Following a detailed report from the Ft. Wetherill Committee, the Town Council has decided it needs more information from the state Department of Environmental Management on its plans for the state's 7.5- acre parcel overlooking the mouth of the bay.

No sooner had beach traffic cleared up by Mackerel Cove than the bulldozers moved in. While questions about the significance of archeological features on Southwest Avenue continue to hold up most of the road projects, the area near the beach has been cleared by the archeologists and Narragansett Indians for construction.

The Conanicut Island Land Trust's heyday will feature the newly acquired Godena Farm as the centerpiece of the event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 26. Manuel Godena farmed the 22-acre property for many years and it was his wish to see it remain a farm, said Jack Hubbard, president of the CILT.

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