2009-08-13 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 13
Compiled by Sue Maden

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

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 11, 1909

The supply of ice secured last winter by the local ice men ran out last week and the demand being filled by ice carried from Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 12, 1909

The hop at the Bay View hotel Wednesday night was largely attended and was one of the best of the season. Professor Lodter’s orchestra furnished the music.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 14, 1909

The unusual dry weather does not seem to have reduced the crop of wild blackberries although cultivated crops are drying up for want of water. Numerous parties from Newport visit the island for berries and return laden down, while those who follow the business of gathering them have shipped several wagon loads of crates for the past two weeks.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 15, 1934

The American Legion carnival was favored with good weather Tuesday evening and the usual large crowd attended. In the afternoon the doll carriage parade, sponsored by the Legion auxiliary, drew a large gathering.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 16, 1934

Albert Wright of North Main road has presented to the Jamestown Philomenian Library an attractive billboard in the form of a miniature Colonial front entry and door. As the door opens into the front hall, which has a background of light blue, a notice in black and white arrests the attention of the visitor, and notes the days and hours on which the library will be open. It stands at the left of the entrance and is an added attraction to the quaint surroundings.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 12, 1959

Multiple trip ticket books for cars using the Newport- Jamestown Ferry are now on sale (at Market Square in Newport and in Jamestown). Prices are $5 for a six-trip book and $9 for a 12-trip book. Each ticket is valid for car, driver and all passengers.

Mackerel Cove Day will be celebrated at the beach next Saturday. … There will be swimming races … . The competition is open to all and ribbons will be awarded winners in the various age groups. … From 6 until 8:30 p.m. fireplaces will be available on the beach for group cookouts, and the concession stand will be open for cooked food. The Jamestown fire department will demonstrate its inhalator, water skiers will perform and there will be an exhibition of horseback riding. At 8:30 p.m., an outdoor movie on water safety will be shown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 11, 1984

Dr. Joseph J. England has been appointed by Newport Hospital to establish a family practice in the hospitalowned Jamestown Family Practice Center

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 15, 1984

More than 50 Jamestown Shores residents crammed into Town Hall Tuesday night to express opposition to plans to upgrade town roads in their neighborhood in conjunction with the new bridge connector road.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 11, 1994

Island residents are no longer allowed to water their lawns or wash their cars, but gardens can still be watered on odd or even days according to street numbers.

Whether it is because there are more boats in the harbor or because “Jamestown has finally been discovered,” local businesses are doing better this summer than they have in the past, and store owners are happy about it.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 12, 1999

Final water conservation measures go in effect today for every one who is on the municipal water system. …. When North Pond reservoir is between four and five feet below capacity “no person shall wash a car from a system using water furnished by the municipal water system.”

With another new road project going to the drawing board in downtown Jamestown, the state Department of Transportation may finally be seeing the light at the end of the drainage pipe on Southwest Avenue. A Phase II archeological investigation in the area of Art’s Auto Body Shop, where Southwest Avenue’s new drainage system is slated to be installed, did not reveal any Native American burials in the path of construction.

New skimmer boat gives island a quick response to oil spills. … The 23-foot long aluminum boat was recently placed in the care of the Fire Department.

Following an inspection of the region’s bridges by District 1 of the U.S. Coast Guard, the state Department of Transportation was notified that three unused Rhode Island bridges should be demolished, and one of them is the old Jamestown Bridge.

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