2008-10-02 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 2
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 30, 1908

The fishing parties which visited the Beavertail yesterday returned with small catches, it being almost impossible to fish from the rocks on account of the high seas.

From the Newport Daily News, October 2, 1908

The Conanicut Company has sold to P. Sidney Arnold, who has re-sold to A. C. Knowles, the hotel at Conanicut park. This house, which at one time did a thriving business, was brought into disrepute by an epidemic of typhoid fever and although several attempts have been made to revive the business by opening, every attempt was unsuccessful. Last year the building was used for a children's hospital as a branch of the Rhode Island Hospital of Providence, but was not reopened this season. Mr. Knowles, the last purchaser of the house, will soon commence the work of tearing it down.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 3, 1933

A successful immunization clinic was held at the Carr school Monday at 10:30, when 104 school children were treated, and 84 preschool children out of a possible 98.

One hundred and three men registered during the past week at the unemployed registration conducted by Federal agents at the town hall, for highway work under the National Recovery Act, which will be started at Newport County this fall.

From the Newport Daily News, October 5, 1933

(At the Board of Trade meeting) protests of the taking of clams, oysters and quahogs from our shores by out of town trucks and boats were made. These items of food will be badly needed in Jamestown and the secretary was instructed to take up the matter with the proper authorities for a remedy.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 1, 1958

The Jamestown Progressive League, backer of the proposed $55,000,000 refinery proposed for the town, will inaugurate its 1958-59 season with an open meeting Friday night at the Memorial Recreation Center. … The league will show colored motion pictures of the Anacortes, Wash., refinery area, which it believes should interest Jamestowners.

From the Newport Daily News, October 3, 1958

Ferryboats Hammonton and Wildwood, which plied between Newport and Jamestown for years, have been sold by the state to a scrap dealer for $15,000. The ferries were replaced this year by two more modern craft, the Newport and Jamestown, purchased from the state of Virginia for $50,000 each. The Izzo Scrap Metal Co. of Johnston was purchaser of the Hammonton and Wildwood, which will be scrapped.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, October 4, 1983

The battle to save a parcel of land adjacent to Beavertail Park is finally won. It took almost a year for the entire R.I. congressional delegation — along with town and state officials — to persuade the federal government to transfer the land to the state at no cost. The 6.8-acre parcel of former Navy property is located in the center of Beavertail Point.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 30, 1993

The state Department of Environmental Management recently reviewed Jamestown's wastewater treatment facility and concluded that the plant "achieved excellent treatment" in 1992.

A North Main Road Design Committee was created by the Town Council Monday night. The panel, which will seek a workable compromise to the state Department of Transportation's proposal to upgrade North Main Road, has seven members.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 1, 1998

A proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that would allow a ferry service carrying up to 49 passengers per trip and satellite parking on lots designated Commercial Limited, Commercial Downtown, and Commercial Waterfront was tabled by the Town Council Monday night.

The Town Council has voted to increase the elderly tax exemption and to put a cap on the amount of property assessment that will be exempt, but hard numbers for that cap amount and for minimum and maximum annual incomes have yet to be determined.

Seven hundred collectors of lighthouse memorabilia will descend on Beavertail this weekend as part of a Rhode Island lighthouse tour.

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