2009-07-16 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 16
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 Daily News, July 16, 1909

Fort Getty, Fox Hill, Jamestown, was garrisoned today and thus another of the chain of fortifications at the entrance to the bay becomes a part of the defenses. … Fort Getty also is advantageously situated and in many respects superior to Fort Greble, yet it is but a detached post of the latter and its occupation today consisted of the arrival of a detachment of five men from Fort Greble to take charge. Quarters have just been completed there for 25 or 30 men, but the coast artillery corps has not enough men to man its fortifications and so just enough are sent to some of the places to care for the property.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 12, 1934

Jamestown experienced one of the busiest days in several years Wednesday. By an arrangement made with Captain George Manders, keeper of Beavertail light, the Jamestown fire department was notified shortly after 8 o’clock, and three blasts were sounded as soon as the fleet was sighted off Beavertail, apprising the people that the fleet was on its way towards Newport harbor. In a few moments airplanes were flying overhead in large numbers, towards the ocean to greet the fleet. The roads to Beavertail and the Dumplings were filled with automobiles, and the shore line found hundreds in their cars and on foot watching for the ships. The sight from Beavertail and the Dumplings was beautiful as the ships could be seen for miles in the distance.

From the Newport Daily News, July 17, 1934

The Y.W.C.A. Seaside Camp at Conanicut Park has completed its first week as a vacation camp for girls, under the auspices of Providence Y.W.C.A., with 58 campers last week and 99 on hand for this week From the Newport Daily News, July 18, 1934

Joseph Martin, Jr., and Louis Wright have gone on a trip by motorcycle to Chicago, where they will visit the World’s Fair.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 14, 1959

A proposal to convert Marsh Meadow in Jamestown into a town marina brought violent disapproval from persons interested in wild life conservation at the Jamestown Town Council meeting last night. A report from the Planning Board … asserted that the marshland is of practically no use and its only potential would be as a harbor.

From the Newport Daily News, July 18, 1959

Receipts of the Jamestown Bridge during the four days of the Newport Jazz festival this year were $407.15 more than the comparable 1958 festival days. … On July 5 a new all time high of 5,130 crossings were recorded for a single day.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 17, 1984

Water. Its scarcity, its abundance and its quality was the topic of discussion at the Town Council meeting Monday night. Meeting as Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Council listened to complaints of flooded basements and of no tap water in Beavertail. They also discussed, but did not make a decision, on the much-talked about analysis of the town’s water system.

From the Newport Daily News, July 19, 1984

Residents of Jamestown Shores told the Jamestown Design Study Committee Wednesday they are unhappy that more traffic will be funneled through their neighborhood under the Committee’s recommended connector road plan. More than 150 people crammed into the Jame stown Recreation Center for the final public hearing on the concept for the road that will connect the island’s two bridges.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 14, 1994

Outside water use for residents hooked into municipal water lines has been restricted to odd and even days to conserve water in North Pond reservoir, the town’s main water supply.

Jamestown’s state senator has been reassured by Gov. Bruce Sundlun that the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will begin negotiations over the size of a users fee it will pay the town in lieu of taxes it owns on the island.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 15, 1999

Narragansett Avenue is about to get a new look, but this time, unlike earlier this summer in the filming of Jim Carrey’s “Me, Myself, and Irene,” the look will be permanent. After six years of waiting for federal “ice tea” (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) funds, the town was notified last winter that it qualifies for a half million dollars to enhance Narragansett Avenue. Last month, an award-winning design firm, Gates, Leighton & Assoc., was hired to develop a plan.

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