2008-10-23 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 23
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 21, 1908

Cedar boughs for winter covering for flower beds, etc., are being carted across the island from Narragansett to Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, October 22, 1908

A story comes from Prudence island of the finding of upwards of 100 half barrels of flour on the south shore by Mr. Thomas Albro, who occupies the farm there. The flour presumably comes from the wrecked Yankee, but it seems a queer freak of the tide to carry such a quantity of driftage from the eastward up the bay and land it so well bunched up. It will be remembered that the prevailing wind has been from the northward, and earlier in the week one day that wind almost a gale from the northeast. Allowing that the tide would have more effect than the wind on anything which would float as deeply as a barrel of flour, it seems strange that not a single barrel, with the exception of one on Rose island, has landed on the numerous islands, before reaching Prudence, and again strange that, with the many boats on the bay, not leaving out of consideration the ferryboats plying between this town to Newport, which practically cross the tideway twice each hour, so large an amount of drifting material was not seen.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 20, 1933

A meeting of the Home Demonstration Extension Club was held Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Arthur S. Clarke on Conanicus avenue. The work was on remodeling hats.

From the Newport Daily News, October 21, 1933

Mrs. Louis Vieira is having built on her land on Douglas street, a coal bin 50-by 22-feet. Matoes & Lathan are the contractors.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 25, 1958

Jamestown Democrat Predicts Higher Ferry Wages, Lower Fares. Jamestown Democratic candidates for state Senate and House of Representatives, together with August P. LaFrance, Democratic candidate for secretary of state, spoke at a rally at Ye Old Yacht Club last night.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 19, 1983

The state Turnpike and Bridge Authority recently released its summer and September revenue, expense and traffic figures for the Newport Bridge. Toll revenues for the month of September on Newport Bridge was up $145,617 from September, 1982. … Total income for July, August and September was up $303,416 from last year. Expenses for July, August and September were up $36,011 from last year's figure. Traffic for September was totaled at 495,584 compared to last year's figure of 395,294. … Summer traffic figures showed an increase 235,294.

The School Committee will give teachers and staff a little more time to "dream" about improvements to the Jamestown School building, before performing a triage on those renovations that taxpayers probably won't buy.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 21, 1993

With still no word on when or if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin building an emergency water line, the National Guard Wednesday was set to add three more tank trucks to its water caravan.

The ongoing water crisis has forced several local businesses to take some costly steps in cutting back on water use. One Jamestown business, Woody's World of Wax, has closed down since the ban on outside water use was put into effect.

An opening ceremony to celebrate the renovation and expansion of the Jamestown Philomenian Library attracted a crowd of enthusiastic islanders Sunday afternoon. … (John) Murphy said the $1.4 million library expansion project was funded one-half through private contributions and one-half through funding arranged by the state.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 22, 1998

Halted in the spring for the boating season, reconstruction of East Ferry's steel pier will not start again this fall, even though the job is unfinished. The Jamestown Harbor Management Commission voted unanimously last week to suspend the work for a year due to lack of funds in its Marine Development Fund.

Discussions on altering the current Newport Bridge token price are on hold pending an analysis of the bridge's decking, which if found not to be in optimal condition, could bring a price tag of between $43 and $60 million for its replacement.

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