2009-07-02 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 2
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, July 1, 1909

The new contract for carrying the mail went into effect this morning. Since the first steam ferry to the island 36 years ago, the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company has carried the mail to and from the island until today. The mail now goes by the Narragansett Transportation Company for the new contract.

From the Newport Journal, July 3, 1909

The water works has a force of men at work extending the water main up Clinton Avenue to connect with the main on High street.

The government contracts for the ferry services for Fort Greble has been awarded to the Narragansett Transportation Company, for both the east and west bays.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1934

The graduate dance, held in the grange hall Saturday evening under the auspices of Conanicut Grange, was largely attended, many of the graduates and their friends being present, and a number of young people from Newport. Music was furnished by Gage’s orchestra of Newport. … Dancing was enjoyed from 8 to 11:15, and punch was served during the intermission.

There was a capacity crowd at the Casino Saturday evening. Many members of the cottage colony, their guests and friends, and hotel guests filled the ball room and veranda. The “Newporters” orchestra played for dancing.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1959

The recently announced reduction in the Newport- Jamestown ferry fares went into effect yesterday. Passenger fares on the ferry went from 25 cents to ten cents. A passenger may get on at Newport or at Jamestown, sail back without getting off for ten cents. A one-way fare for an automobile is now $1.25 with car passengers free. This compares with the former $1.25 per car pays 25 cents per passenger.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1959

The Jamestown Water Co. (a private company) … petitioned the State Public Utilities Administration for higher rates which would increase its overall revenues by approximately 42 per cent.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 3, 1984

The Town Council Monday awarded a contract to Forte Bros. Inc. of Cumberland to handle excavation and site preparation for the new trash transfer facility.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1984

The School Committee Thursday created a new administrative position - director of pupil services - giving the department two full-time administrators.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 30, 1994

The police department recently selected 21-year-old Angela Benedetti to become the newest member of the force and its first woman police officer.

The island’s fifth annual Independence Day parade on Monday, July 4, will start at 11 a.m. on East Shore Road. What began simply with 40 patriotic north-end neighbors, has become a parade with more than 200 people.

Fireworks on Monday, July 2, will start at about 9 p.m. at Ft. Adams State Park in Newport.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 1, 1999

Despite a ban on all weekend garden watering, Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford told the Town Council Monday that municipal water customers had consumed 400,000 gallons of water over the past weekend.

The Board of Water and sewer Commissioners has approved an application from the state Department of Environmental Management for a town water hookup at its new marine fishery facility at Ft. Wetherill.

(photo captions) There was plenty of activity at East Ferry on Sunday for the annual Waterfront Festival hosted by the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce. The Jamestown Community Band was on hand for a lively performance. Meanwhile, island youngsters dug eagerly in the sand for a treasure hunt at the town beach, in which the top prize was a kid-sized kayak. The day ended with chef Tim Baker’s famous chicken barbecue.

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