2009-10-29 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 29
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. 27, 1909

A large triplex pump for the new pumping station arrived today.

A force of carpenters are at work making repairs to the Bay View House.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 30, 1909

Blackfish are still plentiful and numbers are being caught during the past week. Captain Wales, assistant keeper of Beavertail Light, caught the largest one for the week, a ten pounder and with it at the same time he landed a four grouper.

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

(At the town council meeting) as suggested by the director of public aid, it was voted that the American Legion and the Royal Arcanum be requested to move their cupboards from the town sergeant’s room, in order that it may be used as the State Unemployment Relief office.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 31, 1934

The pupils of the Thomas H. Clarke school will hold a Halloween costume party in the assembly hall Friday evening from 7:30 to 10, music and games being the features of the evening.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 27, 1959

The Jamestown Town Council last night appointed John J. Vasquez as a probationer policeman, but went on record as saying the appointment was a luxury the town could ill afford. … The council president, with the approval of the Council, said he would recommend to the next financial town meeting that the force be reduced to four men. (He said with a peak population of 2,300, Jamestown did not need a fifth patrolman and the funds are not available. This was not a reflection on the new appointee.)

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 30, 1959

Members and friends of Conanicut Grange met in Grange Hall last night to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Grange.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 26, 1984

Developers planning a 125-room hotel next to the golf course will air their proposal to the town council Monday night. The hotel … would be built on a 32-acre tract of land north of the golf course and next to the first fairway. …The $5 million complex would feature tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, walking paths and gardens, and access to the golf course.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 30, 1984

Plans for a $5 million, 125-room luxury hotel got rave reviews from two councilmen Monday night even though they admitted to some “stumbling blocks.” Potential impact of the hotel on the town water supply and the sewage treatment plant were uppermost concerns on the minds of the councilmen.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 27, 1994

Jamestown will have not one but two Halloween exhibitions designed to frighten the pants off you — or at least make your heart go pitter patter a little faster. Jamie Lurgio, 17, and Seth Englehard, 16, are the creators of Nightmare Alley ’94 which will be held at the Community Center … . Just a few streets away, David Albaugh. 27, will stage his Fright Night ’94 at 9 Columbia Ave. … This is the 10th year for David’s Halloween production.

Jamestown Junior High crosscountry coach Kevin O’Neil was the overall winner in the annual Jack O’Lantern Jog to benefit the renovation of the Community Center. Some 250 persons turned out Sunday for the 5k sprint. Perfect weather marked the event.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 28, 1999

More than 100 islanders among 237 participants from all over the state and as far away as Georgia and Texas came to compete in the 11th annual Jack O’Lantern Jog. The weather Sunday was brisk and sunny, perfect for the 5k run.

Conanicut Island’s only grocery store is about to get bigger, while its parking lot gets smaller, safer and prettier, following the decisions in the past week by the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Review. The fire that closed McQuade’s for four and a half weeks last month and condemned all its electrical systems has forced owner Michael McQuade to move forward with a remodeling plan now rather than later.

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