2009-08-27 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 27
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. 26, 1909

A dance to raise funds for the maintenance of the reading room and gymnasium of the Boys’ club was given Wednesday evening in the Gardner House.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 30, 1909

A heavy shower, Sunday afternoon, turned the layer of fine dust on Narragansett Avenue into a coating of slippery mud over the macadam, and that no accident happened to the many automobiles crossing the island, is fortunate. Those that had chains made out all right but others, not so equipped, did all kinds of stunts.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 27, 1934

A Dutch treat clambake was held Sunday evening on the rocks at Beavertail by a large number of the members of the summer colony. An orchestra was in attendance and the bake was prepared by Andrew Lodkey.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 30, 1934

Previous to the meeting of the (school) committee, the committee was taken on a ride to Beavertail by Stephen J. Zweir in the new Wayne school bus recently purchased. This bus has a seating capacity of 38, as rated by the State Board of Public Roads, but more can be comfortably accommodated. Under the new State regulations, the bus has shatter-proof glass throughout and is further protected by wire window guards, emergency door in rear and fuel tank outside of the body. On the front and rear of the bus are the words “School Bus” and on the sides “Jamestown Schools.”

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 25, 1959

The Jamestown Town Council last night, on recommendation of the Planning Board, refused the request of three Jamestown citizens to buy 24 acres of town-owned land in the Potter’s Cove area to build a private marina. …The Planning Board said this is the same land site proposed for a state marina. The land involved is on the easterly side of East Shore Road. About half of it is farm land and half is marsh land.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 28, 1959

The president of Gulf Oil Corp., one of the world’s largest, said in Providence last night that Commerce Oil Corp. has not abandoned its attempt to build a $50,000,000 refinery in Jamestown.

Rules governing acceptable attire for classroom wear (were) contained in a letter addressed to parents of Jamestown school children this week. … The rules prohibit dungarees, leotards or hoop-type skirts, cleats on shoes, any “distracting” clothing, also the use of lipstick, and “fad” style haircuts for boys.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 28, 1984

Construction crews scheduled to put a new concrete deck on the Jamestown Bridge will be working around the clock to speed up the operation.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 31, 1984

If everything goes “smoothly” Jamestown may have ca- ble television in six months. “I think it will be done fairly quickly,” Bruce Stevenson, a spokesman for the R.I. Division of Public Utilities, said today. The DPU regulates cable television in the state. Barring snags in the process, residents could begin tuning into MTV, ESPN or HBO in six months. (Rollins Cablevision was to be the provider.)

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 25, 1994

Although the town owns 115 separate parcels of land, only slightly more than a handful could be sold, to raise revenue for the town. “Most of the large lots have a legitimate government function,” Town Planner George Meservey told the Town Council Monday.

Town officials are asking for proposals for the private management of the town-owned campground at Ft. Getty. Originally the Ft. Getty Committee recommended that the town continue to run the campground because members believed they would not be able to find a private operator willing to take on the task. The campground earns the town a profit of over $200,000 a year, enough to cover the parks and recreation department annual budget. But since then, the committee has learned of at least one resident who is interested in operating the campground, and wants to find out if there are others willing to submit proposals before deciding whether or not to stick with town management or make the operation private.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 26, 1999

As always, a new school year brings with it new names to memorize, new processes to try, new teachers to please and new standards to achieve. This year is no different as teachers and staff make last minute preparations to welcome 668 new and returning students to the Jamestown School on Wednesday. Six new teachers will make their mark on Jamestown students this year.

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