2009-07-30 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 30
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 29, 1909

The training squadron, which has been anchored off the east shore of the island the past few days, got underway Wednesday and put to sea. … Their going will make things about the ferry seem quiet, as the coming and going of their small boats and the shore parties have made the shore front lively for the past few days. Both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, hops were given in the Gardner House hall for the midshipmen, each proving to be very enjoyable.

From the Newport Daily News, July 31, 1909

The season in which shore birds can be shot opens tomorrow and the new law, which requires each gunner to be licensed and to carry such license, to show upon request, is operative. Although birds are reported plentiful, only six local sportsmen have as yet taken out the necessary license at the town clerk’s office.

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

St. Matthew’s parish hall was an attractive spot Wednesday, when the annual flower show of the Jamestown Garden club was held. The day was perfect for the occasion, and there was a large attendance, including many out-of town guests. Looking into the hall, one was reminded of a forest, filled with greenery and flowers. Opposite the entrance, the wall was banked with beautiful evergreen trees and shrubs donated by Mr. and Mrs. B. Tweed, with wild flowers of all kinds intermingled, and the pretty colorings and lively containers, and the attractive arrangement.

From the Newport Daily News, August 3, 1934

Owing to a cut in the budget the Y. W. C. A. Seaside camp at Conanicut Park will close for the season Sunday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1959

The Jamestown Town Council last night approved, with minor reservations, a state plan to reroute and control traffic at the ferry landing. The main change is to eliminate the traffic island at Ferry Wharf. A monument depicting Roger Williams meeting Conanicus … would be moved to the easterly end of Narragansett Avenue. The cleared area would make parking possible for 60 more cars while waiting for the ferry.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1984

The U.S. Coast Guard enlisted all boats in Newport Harbor to help pull competitors in the Save the Bay swim out of the chilling waters and rough seas less than an hour after the swim began this morning.

From the Newport Daily News, July 30, 1984

About a dozen swimmers completed Saturday morning’s 8th annual Swim the Bay despite cancellation of the race by the Coast Guard about an hour after it began.

From the Newport Daily News, July 31, 1984

The Town Council Monday spurned a developer’s proposal to build a 120-unit housing complex for the elderly because of lack of information. … In other business, the Council asked Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton Jr., to try and get residents to change their house numbers to conform to the recently-completed numbering project.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 28, 1994

The Town Council can restrict activities on the public floating dock at East Ferry that may interfere with boating activities or pose a threat to public safety, and it has asked the Harbor Management Commission to make recommendations on what these restrictions might be.

Computerized index of Press now available at the library. In a cooperative effort with the Jamestown Press, the library has installed a computerized index system intended to provide islanders with an efficient means of accessing local information.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 29, 1999

(photo caption) David Martin, chairman of the island’s No Port Coalition, moderated Tuesday’s rally at East Ferry.

Cable company offers digital service. Jamestown Bridge the first and only to support a fiber optics cable. (Article is about cable service availability from Cox Communications.)

After several years of talking about reviving the many well loved traditions of the Feast of the Holy Ghost, the Jamestown Holy Ghost Society has finalized its plans for the Sunday, Aug. 7 celebration.

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