2009-09-24 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 24
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. 23, 1909

Two miles of state road will be built here this fall. This will complete the macadamizing of the shore road from the ferry to Conanicut Park. Mr. Alton Head has the contract and will commence work as soon as the surveyors mark the grader, which will be in a few days.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 24, 1909

The blocking to move the Brown cottage from Friendship street to Walcott avenue has been brought from Newport and is being placed under the building.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 25, 1934

The 25-foot sloop which went ashore off Lion’s head, Beavertail, Sunday night, was named the Murmur, according to Manuel Silvia of Jamestown, who salvaged pieces of the craft, which was entirely broken up. He salvaged the keel and part of the hull and on one of the pieces of the hull the name could be plainly seen. Nothing was found that could identify the owner.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 27, 1934

(At the School Committee meeting) Mr. Boone reported that several projects suggested at the last meeting had been accepted as a federal project and would be worked on this fall. Included in the list were the following: Sidewalk into north door of Carr school; reconditioning of tennis courts at Thomas H. Clarke school; building of retaining wall in front of Clarke school; bordering on the North Main Road; leveling and improving Thomas H. Clarke playground, with the possibility of a winter skating rink; laying of concrete floor in Carr school playground.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 24, 1959

Seventy-five boys and girls were placed on 14 teams when the Jamestown Junior Bowling League was formed yesterday at the Jamestown Bowling Lanes.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 29, 1959

The Jamestown Town Council last night upheld its earlier objections to revision of the Navy’s torpedo target area on the east side of Conanicut Island. … A check for $15 was turned over to the treasurer from Anthony DiNapoli who had agreed to turn over to the town 20 per cent of the gross from viewers he had placed about town. The Council early in the summer granted him permission to place binocular stands on the streets for tourists to use.

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

(caption for map) The Jamestown Bridge Design Study Committee has reached a final conclusion on the concept for a new connector road.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 21, 1984

The Planning Board Wednesday night unanimously urged upgrading the town’s building inspector post to a full-time job because of the amount of building on the island.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 25, 1984

The Town Council Monday night endorsed the concept of Jamestown joining the North Kingstown cable television system, operated by Rollins Cablevision.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 22, 1994

(photo caption) The weather was beautiful Saturday for the Conanicut Island Land Trust’s Heydey at Fox Hill Farm.

The Town Council Monday granted the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority permission to tie into the municipal water system. Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the council voted 4-1 … to grant the hookup and not use the authority’s need for water as a bargaining chip. Town officials want the authority to pay a $44,000 annual service fee in lieu of taxes for 34 acres of land it owns around the Newport Bridge toll plaza.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 23, 1999

In the click of the shutter it was over. The once-ina lifetime whole island portrait was taken Saturday. … About 2,000 people turned out for the event.

To be, or not to be? That was the question at a joint community meeting held by the state Department of Transportation in North Kingstown Tuesday evening on the future of the old Jamestown Bridge. It was called a “trash-ridden behemoth,” and then its beauty was compared to the historic Brooklyn Bridge. During a 90-minute discussion … comments from over 100 residents swung from one extreme to the other over whether the old bridge should be maintained as a bicycle-pedestrian path or demolished.

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