2009-11-12 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 12
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. 11, 1909

Steamer Conanicut made a special trip this noon, to carry four large loads of hay to Newport, the inspection service laws forbidding the carrying of loose hay for the regular trips or when passengers are on board.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 12, 1909

Large quantities of cedar boughs are being shipped across the island from Narragansett to Newport, to be used to protect tender shrubbery on some large estates.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 13, 1934

Jamestown Post American Legion Auxiliary, Junior Group of the Auxiliary, Boy Scouts and school children, and Newport Post Legion drum and bugle corps, held their annual Armistice day parade and ceremonies Sunday morning, forming on Conanicus avenue near Shoreby Hill and marched up Narragansett avenue to St. Matthew’s Church, where memorial services were held. … On the stroke of 11 o’clock, the church bell was tolled and a silence of two minutes was observed in memory of the departed comrades of the World War. … The annual American Legion Armistice ball was held in the grange hall Saturday evening, a large number of the townspeople and many from Newport attending. A memorial service for World War comrades was held at 11 p.m., when the hall was darkened and all stood in silence for two minutes.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 12, 1959

The construction of a Newport-Jamestown bridge is greatly enhanced by Connecticut’s announced plan to link Rhode Island’s Nooseneck Expressway and the Connecticut Turnpike, Francis G. Dwyer of Middletown, chairman of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Au- thority, said yesterday.

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

The first step in bringing cable television to Jamestown will be taken tonight when representatives from Rollins Cable Co. ask the Town Council for a right-of-way agreement. Rollins General Manager Bernie Buoanno said the agreement allows the company to “attach to all publicly owned poles.” The company must obtain a similar agreement with the sate … as well as a pole-attachment agreement with utility companies. … Buoanno said the company is looking into two technical approaches to bringing cable television to Jamestown. Rollins could either transmit the cable signal via microwave to a receiver on the island or it could run wiring across the Jamestown Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 14, 1984

The Town Council Tuesday approved purchase of a new AT&T phone system for Town Hall and the town offi ce building. The bid from AT&T of $5,832 was the lowest of three bids solicited.

The Town Council delayed action on a cable company request for a right-of-way agreement Tuesday until the so- licitor could examine the document.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 17, 1984

The Newport and Mount Hope Bridge traffic counts were higher last month (633,046) than they were during October of 1983 (527,953).

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 10, 1994

Jamestown will continue to be represented in the General Assembly by Democrats Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed and state Rep. Mary Levesque. The local voter turnout was about 75 percent of the town’s 3,609 registered voters, including 167 absentee ballots.

The new computer lab at the Lawn Avenue school was last week dedicated to the late Robert S. Seelinger, a much-loved Jamestown School teacher for some 21 years.

If you walked to the Conanicut Island Sanctuary trail lately you probably noticed the new wildlife observation platform overlooking the salt marsh. Built by a team of volunteers a few weeks ago, the platform is situated to provide visitors with a panoramic view of the Great Creek salt marsh and surrounding farmland.

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

“I think the overwhelming consensus of the island is to tear it down,” Town Council President David Long said, initiating a discussion Monday night on whether to recommend to the state Department of Transportation that the (Jamestown) bridge be maintained as a bike path. After a lengthy public hearing in October in which not one islander spoke up in favor of DOT Director William Anker’s plan to turn it into a pedestrian way, and after receiving a recommendation by the Planning Commission that the bridge come down as originally planned, the Town Council voted 4-0 to throw the idea out.

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