2009-10-15 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 15
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, Oct. 18, 1909

The blocking and heavy timbers used in moving the Brown cottage are being taken back to Newport,

The Grey Ledge Tea House at Beavertail has closed for the season.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 20, 1909

The 6-inch rifles at Fort Wetherill are being fired today at targets. The report is hardly noticeable after the big 12-inch guns which were fired Tuesday.

The boys from the Training Station were out on the bay this noon in force and the movements of such a large number of rowing cutters made an unusual sight for the passengers on the ferries.

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

William O’Hanley, who has conducted a hat and gown shop on Narragansett avenue the past season has closed his shop and returned to Newport.

Mt. and Mrs. Arthur B. Mitchell left by motor Friday for New York where they will spend a few days and then go to St. Petersburg, Florida, for the winter. During their absence, Mrs. Alfred E. Weeden will be in charge of their shop.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 16, 1959

(The Jamestown Water Company, a private company, had requested a rate increase from the state public utilities commissioner.) The proposed rate schedule would increase the company’s revenue approximately 42 per cent, which would mean an increase to consum- ers of about one third of their current water bills, it was reported. The town’s objection will be voiced in the hearing by Town Solicitor Daniel J. Murray.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 17, 1959

The first afternoon dance of the season yesterday at the Jamestown School was well attended. Mrs. Lynette Olson’s grade 8 class was the host for the dance.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 13, 1984

(photo caption) Bay View Hotel at Narragansett and Conanicus Avenues is in process of being sold by owners Spencer and Avery H. Dickinson to Donald H. Loomis and Ronald J. Jobin. Sales agreement was signed this week but is not expected to take effect until February.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 18, 1984

The Planning Board will hire graduate student planners rather than a professional consultant to update the Comprehensive Community Plan. The move is expect- ed to save the town $15,000 - $20,000.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 14, 1994

Eighty-eight riders participated in the Rotary Club’s 19th annual “Round the Island Bike Race,’ which started Monday in front of the Community Center.

(Having received written permission), town officials can start reinforcing the dam at North Pond Reservoir with a mat of shale taken from the highway construction corridor.

More than 100 residents turned out to see and hear how the state Department of Transportation plans to beautify the cross-island construction corridor once the new road is completed. … A $1 million undertaking, the landscaping for the new road is being considered a “model project.” … Some 90 percent of the plants that will be used are already native to the island, and they were chosen for their year-round attractiveness.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 14, 1999

Nearly 180 cyclists took advantage of the perfect Columbus Day weather to burn up a few extra calories circling Jamestown in the 24th annual ‘Round the Island Bike Race.’ The bicyclists, ranging in age from 3 to 69, pedaled their way through two different courses to help support the Jamestown Rotary Club’s environmental project fund. The fund was bolstered by about $3,600.

The state Department of Transportation is conducting an informational meeting tonight on whether or not to maintain the old Jamestown Bridge as a bike path or take it down.

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