2009-06-11 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 11
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 10, 1909

A launch for the accommodation of naval officers spending the summer here, has commenced to make daily trips between here and the Naval Training Station.

From the Newport Daily News, June 11, 1909

If the rainy weather of the last two months has retarded the arrivals of the summer colony, they will be more than repaid upon their arrival by the good done to the vegetation. Never before did the trees, shrubbery and lawns on the island look better. Especially on Shoreby Hill, are the trees which line the roadway, beautiful.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1934

Cars from many states were noted Thursday crossing the ferries, bound for St. George’s school; where graduation exercises were being held.

The old barn at Beavertail light has been razed and a foundation laid for a two-car fireproof steel garage, the material being brought from Newport today.

50 years ago From the Newport daily News, June 9, 1959

The Jamestown Little League will start its season this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with a parade starting from the Recreation Center and a double-header beginning at 2 p.m. at Clarke field.

Vetoes by Gov. Christopher Del Sesto of bills to lower ferry tolls and to study a proposed Jamestown marina were protested last night by the Jamestown town council.

From the Newport Daily News, June 10, 1959

Three school teachers are still needed in Jamestown, the School Committee was informed at its meeting last night in the Elementary School. … Specifications were approved for fuel oil bids and bottled gas. Also approved was the proposed contract for bus service. The total cost per day for bus service has increased to $33.50. At 180 days as specified at $33.50 per day, the total cost is $6,030 per year. If extra daily trips are added, or the route extended, additional charges will be made on the basis of 25 cents per mile. These specifications will be sent out to the various companies concerned.

From the Newport Daily News, June 12, 1959

Grades 4, 5, and 6 held a field day yesterday at the Jamestown School field. Fred Caswell was in charge. Mrs. Hannah Caswell and Miss Marion Matoes were recorders. Miss Theresa Pinto’s grade 6 scored the most points.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 11, 1984

Forty students from Jamestown received their diplomas during graduation ceremonies outdoors at North Kingstown High School Friday night.

From the Newport Daily News, June 12, 1984

The Conservation Commission is sponsoring a workshop Wednesday to explain the process of setting up a private land trust that would preserve open space. … The Jamestown Comprehensive Community Plan suggests forming a land trust to preserve open space.

Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton told the Town Council Monday that it will cost more to haul town trash to Newport beginning July 1. Since the landfill was closed May 18, it has cost the town $1,600 to haul its garbage to Newport. … Currently Jamestown is paying $23 per ton to have Newport haul it to the state landfill with its own trash, Sutton said. He said the town can expect that to go up by about $5 a ton.

From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1984

Seventy-three Grade 8 pupils at Jamestown School received diplomas Thursday night in the school gymnasium.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 9, 1994

Town officials have endorsed the use of blasting in the highway construction corridor, and state officials will place a water conduit under the road and prepare a ballfi eld for the town.

Members of the Youth Litter Corps will clean the island’s roads and shorelines of unwanted garbage this summer, beginning in July. The state Department of Environmental Management has again given Jamestown funding called an Oscar grant.

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

No one was injured but a circa 1905 Jamestown landmark (the Captain’s house) was destroyed in a raging fire Saturday, June 5, that was fought with all of Jamestown’s fire apparatus plus equipment from the towns of Newport and North Kingstown.

The second phase of the new water conservation regulations will go into effect tomorrow, June 11, and town water customers who violate these rules could have their service shut off or have a lien put on their property.

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