2009-11-05 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 5
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, Nov. 3, 1909

Tuesday’s election was marked by lack of interest, only 121 of the total of 231 voters casting their ballots. The weather probably caused a small falling off in the votes. … The town has always been for no-license (no liquor), but Tuesday’s result shows a stronger anti-license sentiment than ever, the vote being more than three to one.

The Catholics of Jamestown are to be better and more permanently provided for than has been the case in the past. … Rev. Father Sullivan has become the purchaser of a piece of property (from Mrs. Eunice P. Littlefield, which consists of about an acre with a cottage house) on Narragansett avenue. … Repairs and alterations are to be made to the cottage, to fit it for use as a parsonage, and the present Catholic Church on Clinton Avenue is to be moved to the property and also improved.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 6, 1909

The Ft. Greble football team crossed the island today to play at Ft. Adams.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 5, 1934

Teachers and pupils of the Thomas H. Clarke school held a Halloween party in the assembly hall, about 150 attending, many coming in costumes.

John Rosa of Lawn Avenue, who has leased a large dairy farm in Taunton, and will probably take up his residence there during the week, chartered the 6 a.m. ferry boat Sunday, transporting eight large trucks of hay to the farm.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 7, 1934

Despite the fact that it was an off year, Jamestown, Middletown and Portsmouth increased their total votes over the Presidential year of 1932, which was an evidence of a bitter fight between Republicans and Democrats for the general Assembly tickets. (Every Republican won and the town voted 235 for and 55 against a Relief Loan.)

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 6, 1959

(At the Jamestown Rotary Club meeting, Ted C. Jarrett) spoke of the many activities and interests covered by chambers of commerce and expressed his opinion that it would be helpful to Jamestown if either a business men’s organization or a chamber of commerce was organized.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 5, 1984

St. Mark’s Church observed its 75th anniversary Saturday night with a special mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Angell of Providence. The Rev. William J. O’Neill, pastor, received a stole from the Rev. William S. Litterick and the Rev. Frederick J. Spulnick, on behalf of parishioners of Central Baptist Church and St. Matthew’s Church, respectively.

The future of the Bay View Hotel will be discussed at a Town Council work session tonight. Spencer E. Dickinson, owner of the sprawling 94-room structure that overlooks Narragansett Bay, has signed a sales agreement with Ron- ald Jobin and Donald H. Loomis. Jobin, associated with Island Realty, also represents Commerce Oil in developing the company’s extensive land holdings in Jamestown. Loomis is president and chief executive of Commerce Oil. … The sales agreement signed between Jobin-Loomis and Dickinson does not take effect until early 1985.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 6, 1984

In an effort to avoid rumors, new owners of the Bay View Hotel told the Town Council Monday that they do not have any firm plans on what to do with the 90-year-old structure.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 3, 1994

Election day Tuesday marks the first time in recent memory that Jamestown will have two polling places.

(Photo caption) Shale from the cross-island highway construction corridor is dumped at the base of the north reservoir dam. The dam is being reinforced because recent tests showed that its interior is filled with a “soup” of silt and sand. Observers have commented that the shale base would make an excellent bicycle path.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 4, 1999

The land surrounding the Newport Bridge toll plaza is becoming more beautiful by the minute, part of an effort to give tourists a proper welcome to the Newport area. … The project was designed by landscape architect Randy Collins of the East Providence firm Gates Leighton and Associates and will cost the authority $141,000.

A new engineering report says that by pumping water from the South Pond to North Pond reservoir before returning it to the water treatment plant, the island could probably double its available water supply. (The report was prepared by Ecosystem Consulting Service, Inc. of Coventry, Conn.)

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