2009-08-20 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 20
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, Aug. 20, 1909

Tax Collector Stubbs will close his office in the town clerk’s office tonight and hereafter, those wishing to pay their tax will have to go to his house on Clarke street. A large percentage of taxes have been paid this season, during the time that the discount is allowed, than for a number of years. About two thirds of the taxes have been paid to date.

The local potato crop this season will be very light owing to the dry weather. A few of the farmers have commenced to ship, the prices being good.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 24, 1909

Both ferries are taxed to their limit in carrying carriage and automobile parties to tennis this week.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 20, 1934

While fishing on the rocks at Beavertail Saturday afternoon, Edgar Arnold of Cole street pulled in a shark measuring about eight feet and weighing approximately two hundred pounds. After landing it on the bank, it flounced back into the water and swam out of sight.

The Meyer Davis orchestra has been engaged for the subscription ball to be held at the Beavertail Country Club on Sept. 1.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 21, 1934

A concert will be given this evening at the east ferry by one of the ship’s bands.

A shark weighing 350 pounds, 10 feet, six inches in length, was caught Monday evening at Beavertail by Edgar Arnold, who was assisted by Arthur S. Clarke and William L. Arnold. More than an hour’s time was consumed in landing this monster and after pulling it onto the gully and was shot by William Arnold. It is on exhibition at the ferry today.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 19, 1959

The Jamestown Post Office is looking for a new home. The present quarters at 38 Narragansett Ave. have become too cramped, and when the lease expires on Jan. 15, 1960, the Post Office department wants roomier ones. Bids for a lease of a building suitable are being accepted… Bids will also be accepted for construction of a new building on land on which the post office has as assignable option.

The (school) committee acknowledged a letter from World War I Veteran, Jamestown Barracks 1557, but will wait for the full committee’s opinion regarding requested endorsement to name the 21-acres of land near the school site as Memorial Park.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 20, 1984

The 7th annual Fools Rules Regatta was held Saturday at Jamestown Beach with 31 “fools” entering the event.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 21, 1984

Eighteen landowners in Jamestown have filed suit in Newport Superior Court to have their 1984 property taxes reduced. The suits were prompted by a revaluation in Jamestown last year which raised taxes for many residents. About 200 landowners appealed their revaluation to the Board of Assessment Review.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 18, 1994

The cross-island highway moved closer to completion Tuesday as enormous concrete beams were lifted into place to form an overpass over North Main Road.

Shale blasted from the cross-island highway construction corridor may be used to make the earthen dam at North Pond reservoir, the town’s main water supply, structurally safe.

(photo caption) It was standing room only at the East Ferry town beach Saturday for the 17th running of the annual Fools’ Rules Regatta.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 19, 1999

The latest phase of restrictions for water users in the town’s municipal water district is cutting into the livelihood of at least one downtown business – the Rainbow Car Wash, which is now completely shut down.

The Board of Trustees of the Jamestown Philomenian Library has taken the advice of an arborist and will soon cut down a number of diseased trees on the library grounds. …Because the hurricane season is quickly approaching, the library board is taking quick action on the matter and has received three bids, ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 to remove 11 trees.

Due to the much needed rain, last minute modifications were made to the Around the Island Kayak Race last Saturday, shortening the course for the more than 50 paddlers that braved the weather to compete in the fifth annual event.

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