2008-09-25 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 25
Compiled by Sue Maden

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 24, 1908

Little mackerel were quite numerous around the steamboat wharf this afternoon but were not biting, only a few stray ones being caught.

A large iron derrick was brought across the ferry from Newport today, for use at Fort Wetherill.

From the Newport Daily News, September 26, 1908

A number of horses from J. J. Sullivan's stables in Newport were brought to his farm here today for the winter.

From the Newport Daily News, September 28, 1908

C. E. Weeden has sold for G. H. Sweet his small building on Clinton avenue to B. F. Morrell, who is making preparations to have it moved to Clarke street.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 22, 1933

A new cabin is being built on the upper deck of steamer Beavertail, which will soon go on the line between east Jamestown and Newport.

Mrs. Arthur Day is making quite a few improvements to the Chapel of the Transfiguration which she recently purchased and is converting into a cottage.

From the Newport Daily News, September 23, 1933

The Palace Theatre will close for the season Sunday night.

From the Newport Daily News, September 26, 1933

Beavertail rocks, long famous as fertile fishing grounds, added another laurel to its fame Monday evening, when George Barker, Jr., of Green lane landed a bass weighing 48 pounds and measuring 40 1/2 inches in length.

From the Newport Daily News, September 27, 1933

A large number of the townspeople congregated at the ferry Tuesday to see the 48 1/2-poiund bass caught by George Barker, Jr.

From the Newport Daily News, September 28, 1933

Plans to have the government under the NRA (National Recovery Administration) act, build a $1,500,000 bridge from Jamestown to Saunderstown, and lease it to the town of Jamestown, are underway.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 27, 1958

Commerce Oil Refinery Corp. has no intention of abandoning plans for the proposed refinery on Jamestown because of litigation, Harold M. Geller, executive vice president, said yesterday. … The suit in which the Jamestown Protective Assn. seeks to enjoin the construction of the refinery is in U. S. District Court.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 26, 1983

The proposed Jamestown Archeological District will be the subject of a slide-lecture at the Jamestown Library Oct. 5 … The Jamestown Archeological District was created from survey work done by Rhode Island College archeologists in 1979 under a Historical Preservation Fund Grand from the R.I. Historic Preservation Commission. Archeological sites were located spanning a period of about 5,000 years, includ- ing summer camps of the Narragansett Indians and the remains of an early Colonial settlement on Conanicut Island.

From the Newport Daily News, September 29, 1983

Hunt's Drug Store will close tomorrow, bringing an end to an era and all the nostalgia that goes with it. … The Hunt block was built in 1900, after a fire burned down a hotel on the site in 1899. The present building was built by Albert Caswell, also a pharmacist. Thomas Hunt bought the store in 1935, coming to Jamestown from Newport. He was often called "Dr. Hunt." He remained there until he sold out to L. Stanford Crowell, a Newport pharmacist, in 1945. He owned the business until 1966 when it was bought by "Mr. B" (George N. Beaulieu, Jr.) and his wife.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 23, 1993

Town officials are seeking help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to solve the island's water crisis.

This week marks the 55th anniversary of one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit Jamestown — the hurricane of 1938. On Sept. 21 the storm ripped through the Northeast with little introduction. Winds of 120 miles per hour, tidal surges, and extensive flooding were reported throughout the area. … The hurricane of 1938 claimed the lives of 11 Jamestowners, including seven children.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 24, 1998

The accusations flew like bullets from a firing squad — charges of nepotism, improper job posting, poor handling of teacher applicants, and finally a call for a School Committee internal investigation into the hiring of two of the new teachers at the Jamestown School.

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