2009-09-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 10
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, Sept. 8, 1909

The cab drivers are expecting a break in the summer’s business soon and are making arrangements for their annual clam bake in Caswell’s grove.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 9, 1909

The first granolithic sidewalk to be laid on the island, from the foot of Union street to Narragansett avenue, are nearing completion.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 11, 1909

The weather for the cabmen’s Clambake Friday was anything but favorable. A good spread had been prepared in Caswell grove but just at the time set for the dinner, rain began to fall. The tables were unprotected, save for the tree, but a goodly number braved the dampness and partook of the bake. The ball game after the dinner had to be postponed as it rained hard at the time set.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 8, 1934

The Thorndike hotel closed for the summer yesterday and the Bay View will close Monday.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 10, 1934

The Board of Governors of the Beavertail Golf and Country Club held a meeting Sunday afternoon and authorized Allen Chase, superintendent, whose bid was the lowest, to proceed with the construction of a ballroom, which is to be added to the west end of the former Audley Clarke residence, the latter to be used as the club house, instead of the present one.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 13, 1934

Steamer Governor Carr gave three salutes for Mrs. Roosevelt, wife of President Roosevelt, when she crossed on the 5 o’clock ferry Wednesday evening.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 11, 1959

Scores attended the open house for Jamestown’s new bowling alleys yesterday from 2 to 7 p.m. James Penney, manager, welcomed the guests and introduced Francis R. Costa, president of the Town Council who spoke on the need for type of recreational facility in Jamestown. … More than 200 bowlers kept the eight lanes busy until closing time last night and prizes of bowling shoes were awarded to the high single scorers.

Joseph F. Pannone, in charge of mosquito control for the state, was the speaker yesterday at the Jamestown Rotary Club meeting at the Surf Restaurant. … Frederick Clarke, president, showed the members the new Rotary emblem for Jamestown which was designed by William King of Jamestown, a commercial artist. The emblem shows the windmill and a fisherman casting from the rocks at Beavertail.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 8, 1984

The Victorian building at 15 Conanicus Ave., last known as Harbor View Nursing Home, is due to go under the wrecker’s ball to make way for a five-unit condominium. … The permit to tear down the structure was for $4,500. Nothing of the building will be saved.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 11, 1984

There were no angry citizens. There were no strident attacks. In fact, there was hardly a peep from about 25 residents who listened as the Jamestown Bridge Design Study Committee detailed its final conceptual plan for the new bridge connector road to the Town Council Monday night.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 12, 1984

Divers World, a division of Alpine Ski/Sports, will sponsor a trash and treasure dive at Taylor Point near the Newport Bridge toll booth to help clean up the recreation site. The dive will be Sept. 22.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 9, 1994

Town officials are set to meet with state Department of Environmental Management officials today to ask for emergency approval to place shale fill behind the dam at North Pond, the town’s main water supply.

The state Department of Environmental Management has fined the town $700 for failing to pay a $1,840 user fee for testing municipal sewage effluent for industrial pollutants. But town officials are not about to pay either the fine or the fee until they have had a hearing.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 9, 1999

As islanders bump over the protruding manhole covers on Southwest Avenue with no sign of a construction crew in sight, the less complacent residents have asked, “Will this ever end?”

Tuesday Jamestown was awarded a $35,000 grant for its wastewater management program initiated this spring.

Fair weather prevailed Sunday for the 106 sailboats that competed in the Conanicut Yacht Club’s annual ‘Round the Island Race.

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