2009-10-01 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 1
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. 30, 1909

The first cut in the ferry service for the winter was made today, when the four last trips of Steamer Conanicut were dropped for the season.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 2, 1909

The nurses from the Newport Hospital were entertained at dinner at the Gardner House last evening.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 4, 1909

The telephone men are at work cutting out the central office for the winter. (Jamestowners had to go through the central exchange in Newport after the summer season.)

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 2, 1934

Jamestown’s quota for CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), Oct. 10 at Fort Adams, is three and applicants are requested to communicate with Director of Public Aid, Malcolm Anderson.

“Henriette’s Beauty Shop” on Narragansett Avenue will remain open during the winter.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 3, 1934

The ringing of the fire alarm early Tuesday evening announced the street parade, advertising the play, “The World’s All Right,” to be given Thursday and Friday evening in the Palace Theatre. A dress rehearsal will be held this evening.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 4, 1934

(At a meeting of the Board of Trade) the report of the Information Bureau, conducted by Harry E. Locke during the past summer, was read, in which he stated he had answered 3091 calls for information — 648 for directions, 367 for train hours, 398 for fleet information, 108 for hotels and dining, 52 for real estate, 541 for yacht races, 301 for ferry times, 28 for boarding houses and 608 miscellaneous.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 1, 1959

Team rosters for the Reign Dears women’s bowling league were made at a meeting of the eight captains last night. (The teams are Dashers, Dancers, Prancers, Vixens, Comets, Donders and Blitzens.) Katie Penny was elected the mascot. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Penny of East Shore Road. Penny manages the bowling alley.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 5, 1959

The Jamestown junior boys bowling league goes into its second week tomorrow at 3 p.m. on the Jamestown Bowling Lanes. … The Jamestown junior girls league opened its season with three games last week.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 2, 1984

The Town Council Monday night voted to hire a Providence engineering firm (C.E. Maguire) to study the town’s water system.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 3, 1984

A family health care facility opened last week in Jamestown with the announced intention of providing “birth to grave” medical attention. Dr. Joseph J. England will operate the general care facility in a new building on Southwest Avenue. The 12,000-square foot office will be owned by Newport Hospital, but England will operate the center as a private practice.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 4, 1984

The annual Community Adult Health Fair, sponsored by the Jamestown Chapter of the Red Cross, is set for Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jamestown School.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 29, 1994

Save the Bay’s bad and ugly ratings of the island’s sewage treatment plant had town officials seeing red Monday night. In its annual The Good, The Bad and the Ugly report that rates all the sewage treatment plants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with effluent running into Narragansett bay, the environmental watch-dog group gave the town’s treatment plant at Taylor Point an “ugly” rating for chlorine for the second year in a row.

Streets around the Jamestown School will soon have new speed-limit signs, school-zone signs and crosswalks. The Town Council Monday voted to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists in response to a Sept. 21 request from the Jamestown Parent Teacher Organization.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 30, 1999

The Town Council Monday voted 4-1 to appoint Richard Shutt, who owns the Classic Woodworking shop on Hammett Court, caretaker at the Beavertail Lighthouse.

Organizers are calling it a “golf spectacle,” and from a description of things, it sounds like it will be a fun event for players and spectators alike as two golf foursomes tee off miles from the intended cup to raise funds for a new Jamestown charity (Jamestown Medical Fund).

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