2008-11-06 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 6
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, November 3, 1908

In spite of its being the national election and also the local question of (liquor) license to be voted upon, there is little interest being taken in the voting today. At the town hall, the voting place, only the election officers and one or two loiterers are to be seen.

From the Newport Daily News, November 4, 1908

(Taft received 155 votes for President; Bryan, 15; two others received four votes. Isaac H. Clarke was elected as state Senator from Jamestown and Alton Head was elected representative.) The vote for (liquor) license was the first to be counted resulting in 118 against license and 70 in favor of it; 10 ballots were blank and 1 defective.

For the first time an automobile was used to transport voters to the polls and it proved successful under the fine weather conditions.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 1, 1933

Several grades in the Carr School held Halloween parties in their rooms Tuesday. The children wore costumes in keeping with the occasion and the different rooms were decorated with black cats and yellow and black streamers.

From the Newport Daily News, November 6, 1933

As marshal of the Armistice Day parade to be held Saturday, November 11, under the auspices of the Jamestown American Legion, A. W. Bowser (instructed participants as to formation of units.) … All veterans are requested to wear service or Legion uniforms and to wear all decorations and medals.

From the Newport Daily News, November 7, 1933

Ground was broken today for the new casino at the Beavertail Country Club. The building will be attached to the west end of the Clarke cottage, for several years the summer home of Audley Clarke of New York, situated on the east side of Beavertail road. The architect is LeRoy Wood of New York.

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

Republican and Democratic candidates for Jamestown General Assemble seats agreed on most election issues … Even on the question of a Jamestown oil refinery, subject of the greatest difference of opinion among islanders this year, there was no sharp division.

From the Newport Daily News, November 5, 1958

Jamestown's balloting for General Assembly seats gave no clear cut verdict last night, with the race close and 146 absentee, shut in and war ballots outstanding.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 1, 1983

The Department of Transportation this morning unveiled two proposed plans for the replacement of the Jamestown Bridge. Color drawings for the project show … a concrete bridge and a steel bridge. The designs come some 10 years after the first replacement study declared the Jamestown-North Kingstown span "functionally obsolete."

From the Newport Daily News, November 4, 1983

School Committee members Thursday night swallowed hard when architects presented a preliminary cost estimate of $329,999 for a new roof on the Jamestown School.

From the Newport Daily News, November 8, 1983

The town's landfill's days as "the social center of Jamestown" are numbered, and some residents Monday night expressed reluctance to see those days go. The town administrator and the volunteer Solid Waste Management Committee continued their pitch for a Jamestown membership in an off-island, regional solid waste transfer station as the best alternative to the 37-year-old — and now illegal — landfill.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 4, 1993

Plans to construct an emergency pipeline to alleviate the island's water shortage have been given a go-ahead by the assistant secretary of the army in Washington.

(Photo caption) John Chapman and Vinny Dellolacono replace the cross Saturday on top of St. Mark Church, with a little help from the fire department ladder truck. Both men are employees of H.V. Holland, which crafted the new 30-pound stainless cross to replace the original copper cross that caused the roof to leak.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 5, 1998

The 10th Annual Jack O'Lantern Jog drew a crowd of nearly 250 runners and walkers who amused spectators with a costume display that sets this race apart from other sporting events. Proceeds from the race, $2,000 will go toward the renovation of the Community Center.

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