2008-10-16 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 16
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, October 17, 1908

The subscription dance last evening in the Gardner House, which was the second of the winter season, proved an enjoyable affair. The attendance was only slightly below that of a week ago. Howard's orchestra of Newport furnished the music, and it was an early hour this morning before the majority of dancers started homeward.

From the Newport Daily News, October 19, 1908

Mr. Samuel Smith is erecting a large greenhouse on his property on Narragansett avenue.

Although a little wreckage from the Yankee has come ashore on Beavertail, no one as yet has been lucky enough to find any barrels of flour which have been picked up along the Point Judith shore.

The second football team of the local Grammar school defeated an eleven from Newport, styling themselves as Grade 8, Saturday afternoon, by a score of 15 to 5. The lack of proper goal posts prevented the juvenile players from attempting to kick goals from the touchdowns.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 14, 1933

(At the town council meeting) voted that the bill of W. R. Phillips in the sum of $14.85 for 11 hours work, man, team and helper, be paid by the town treasurer out of the Mackerel Cove Beach fund.

From the Newport Daily News, October 17, 1933

Thomas Sheehan and Mrs. Charles Benheimer have been appointed a committee for the distribution of government pork, and use of the store at ferry wharf for the coming winter, as a distributing headquarters.

(In a letter to the editor by Captain L.A. Kaiser, U.S.N. (retired) in which cost and ways of building a bridge from Jamestown to Saunderstown he, in brief, gives a comparative economics of a bridge across the west passage and the west ferry in approximate rounds figures as follows): Minimum receipts west ferry (1924) $45,000; maximum receipts (1931) $90,000; average receipts west ferry (1924-33) $67,000; average receipts west ferry (1931-33) $78,000. Annual cost of operation and maintenance of hourly service 14 hours a day, Ferry $70,000; same for bridge service, 24 hours service, $12,000.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 16, 1958

The Jamestown School Committee will arrange for sewing classes for grade 8 girls and for adults, provided registration in each group reaches a minimum of 10.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 17, 1983

A celebration held at the Beavertail Lighthouse marked the completion of landscaping and exterior renovation of the historic building. … Plans for a museum to display artifacts and mementos tracing its history were announced.

Jamestowners soon may have to dip deeper into their financial reservoirs to ensure that town water will flow to their homes and businesses in the 21st century. Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday night approved two projects to preserve existing supplies and ordered a third to slightly expand supplies.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 15, 1993

Merchants frustrated by downtown parking problems this summer asked the Town Council Monday to allow boaters using the marina at East Ferry to park their cars at a marina-owned facility that is outside the village.

Town officials have asked the National Guard to double its water-hauling efforts and deliver 200,000 gallons a day by any means possible.

Seventy-four riders participated in the Rotary Club's Round-the-Island bicycle race Monday.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 15, 1998

Reiterated once again at Tuesday's Town Council meeting were concerns about "cleaning up" Southwest Avenue. Residents along the dusty, bumpy part of construction as well as town officials stand together on the issue.

The 23rd Annual Round the Island Bike Race was a success both financial contributions and in some good old-fashioned fun. (Nearly 190 cyclists participated.)

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