2009-06-25 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 25
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jame stown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Journal, June 26, 1909

Tuesday was the hottest of the season, thermometers in the morning registering over 80. The breeze, which came shortly after 10 o’clock, made the heat more bearable, however.

Automobiles have arrived for Mr. Ephron Catlin and Mr. C. W. Bailey.

The Golf and Country Club grounds are open for the season. Mr. H. McLyman, who has had charge for several years, is here again.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1934

The feast of the Holy Ghost Society held Sunday was favored with perfect weather, the Portuguese societies from Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown being met by the local society, and a colorful parade, with flags and bands of music proceeded to the Holy Ghost hall, then returned to St. Mark’s Church, where mass was held, with Rev. Father Gomes of Jesus Savior Church, Newport, offi ciating. Following the service all returned to the hall, where the feast was held, more than one thousand people partaking. During the afternoon music by the different bands was enjoyed.

From the Newport Daily News, June 30, 1934

Graduation exercises were held in the Thomas H. Clarke School Friday evening. The class of 1934, numbering 18, marched into the hall and took their places on the stage. The platform was decorated with roses, the class motto “Labor omnia vincit” formed in the background and the girls with white dresses and carrying arm bouquets and the boys in dark blue suits added much to the attractiveness of the event, as they marched to the music of the Processional March played by Mrs. Charles Lamond of Newport. … The class officers were: President–John Piva; Vice president–Betty Benheimer; Secretary–Frances Ross; Treasurer–Harry Clarke; Class colors–red and white; Class flower–rose; Class motto–“Labor omnia Vincit”

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 24, 1959

As part of the summer recreation program for the Jame stown children, the Recreation Commission is offering golf lessons for children nine years of age and over. James J. West will be in charge of the program … at the Jame stown Golf and Country Club.

From the Newport Daily News, June 29, 1959

The White Sox play the Yankees in tonight’s Little League action at 6 p.m. at Clarke field.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1984

Save the Bay will sponsor its eighth annual Save the Bay Swim July 28. About 100 swimmers are expected to swim 2 ┬╝ miles from Coaster’s Harbor Island in Newport to Potter Cove

From the Newport Daily News, June 26, 1984

Because of expected vandalism, the town will use con- crete posts for some street signs to be erected this summer.

The Town Council Monday delayed a decision of the town’s water system to see if the cost can be reduced.

From the Newport Daily News, June 28, 1984

Jayne C. Clarke will retire Saturday as a clerk at the Jamestown Post office where she has worked for 38 years.

From the Newport Daily News, June 30, 1984

Forte Bros, Inc. of Cumberland is the apparent low bidder for the first phase of construction of the new Jame stown land transfer station. (The bid of $115,615 was about $10,000 less than the next lowest bidder. There were six bids,...)

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 23, 1994

Monday was a day of great changes for many Jamestown School students as the kindergarten and eighth grade classes were graduated. Sixty-two kindergartners participated in the graduation exercises Monday morning at the Melrose Avenue school. Monday evening, 52 students graduated from the eighth-grade class during ceremonies at the Lawn Avenue school.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 24, 1999

(heading) Town to look at new proposal for wasterwater management. Two years ago a report came out regarding the dubious quality of water in the Jamestown Shores area that jolted the Town Council to reconsider measures that had been voted down in 1995. The “Veeger report,” a study from the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Geology, found the occurrence of coliform and high levels of nitrate in a significant percentage of well-water samples.

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