2009-06-04 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 4
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, June 3, 1909

The holes and hollows in the macadam on Narragansett avenue have been filled with crushed stone and rolled with the steam roller, putting the street in efficient condition for the summer. The work was done by Head, under the supervision of the state board, Narragansett avenue being a state road. This year's allotment of this town of new state roads will be about two miles, completing that road to Conanicut Park.

From the Newport Daily News, June 9, 1909

The fleet of small boats in the east harbor grow daily, among the latest additions are Mr. Sparrow's launch and Mr. Hill's auxiliary cat Psyche.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 4, 1934

A lecture and stereopticon views of Gilbert Stuart's Work and Life will be given at the Central Baptist Church Friday evening.

The Y. W. C. A. Seaside camp at Conanicut Park has opened for the season and a large number of girls arrived Saturday to spend the usual two weeks there.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 4, 1959

A dinner and dance to benefit St. Mark's building fund will be sponsored by the Holy Ghost Society Auxiliary tomorrow night at Holy Ghost Hall in Jamestown. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 with dancing from 8 to 12. Music will be furnished by Louis Gomes orchestra and the dance is under the supervision of Mrs. Francis R. Costa, chairman.

From the Newport Daily News, June 9, 1959

Strict enforcement of one-hour parking restrictions on Narragansett Avenue, between Coronado Street and Conanicus Avenue was asked of the Jamestown Town Council last night by the Jamestown Planning Board. … A letter from Phillip J. McCafferty, town treasurer, requested the Council to ask the state treasurer that Jamestown School teachers be admitted into the Social Security system, retroactive to Jan. 1, 1956.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 31, 1984

Six firms submitted bids Wednesday seeking the contract to perform extensive construction work to the Jamestown School. (The bids ranged from $334,386 to $383,670.)

From the Newport Daily News, June 8, 1984

Ambulance Association Commander William R. McCarthy told the Rotary Club of the history of the ambulance and services provided by a 40-member volunteer corps. Founded during World War II, the association has grown to a 40-member organization working on a budget of $7,000, funded by the town. It responds to about 300 calls a year.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 3, 1994

Whether the state should be allowed to use controlled blasting to speed up construction of the crossisland highway will be the focus of a special Town Council meeting Monday, June 6.

The final attempt to stop construction of the crossisland highway, which state transportation officials now hope to have finished by November, ended last week.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 3, 1999

A flawless sky smiled down on the island's Memorial Day festivities held Monday in locations throughout the town. … Crowds were estimated by (Jim) McLoughlin (parade organizer) and the police department to be "the largest ever," but no one could put a number on the turnout. … Highlights of the Memorial Day parade included an appearance by the Jamestown Community Band and the Jamestown Fire Department's antique fire engine.

Return to top