2009-11-19 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 19
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. 19, 1909

The stock and farming implements on the Gardner farm, occupied by Frank Corey, are being sold today at public auction. Quite a gathering of out-of-town farmers being attracted to the island by the sale.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 22, 1909

There was a large gathering Sunday afternoon on the property on Narragansett Avenue, recently acquired by the St. Mark’s Church Corporation to witness the consecration of the land and turning of the first sod for the new Catholic Church. The chapel on Clinton Avenue has been in charge of Rev. W. B. Meenan as a branch of St. Mary’s parish, Newport. Recently, a separate parish has been formed under the name of St. Mark’s and Rev. P. J. Sullivan has been put in charge.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 19, 1934

The Jamestown fire department is planning to sponsor a ping-pong tournament, open to all residents, the first of the series is to begin Thursday evening, Nov. 22, at the engine house.

Mr. and Mrs. George M. Clarke of Southwest avenue left today for St. Petersburg, Florida, where they will spend the winter.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 20, 1934

Mr. and Mrs. A. Coleman Tefft have leased the Howard Ellis restaurant on Ferry wharf.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 21, 1934

(At the Parent-Teachers’ Association meeting) it was voted that dancing classes be held at the school assembly hall beginning next Tuesday, at 3:30, with Mrs. John Dugan of Newport as instructor.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jones of Jamestown and New York have presented the Jamestown Fire department with an electric clock. Edgar Arnold has given his services in installing the clock.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 19, 1959

Members of World War Veterans, Barracks 1557, Jamestown, met last night at Memorial Hall.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 21, 1959

A total of $132,000 in Jamestown Bridge bonds will have been retired by Dec. 31. … The commission last night renewed seven retirement insurance policies for permanent employees. … The Commission cancelled its insurance policies on 21 button-reflector type signs. … Sand buckets for use in icy weather have been placed on the bridge, as has been done for the past five years.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 20, 1984

The Conanicut Island Art Association has canceled its Christmas Eve pageant this year. (The president said CIAA cannot support the pageant held for the past 10 years on Shoreby Hill Green.)

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 21, 1984

Thanksgiving was celebrated at Jamestown School Tuesday with a play, presented by 39 second graders, and a Thanksgiving feast prepared and cooked by a class of about 20 second graders.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 17, 1994

Jamestowners can now travel east across the Newport Bridge without having to cross two lanes of traffic to get to a token lane. The new eastbound automatic lane — called lane two and marked “Tokens Only” — opened last Friday at about 4 p.m.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 18, 1999

A Boston engineering firm that two years ago put the cost of rehabilitating the town’s sewer treatment plant at $3.5 million told the Council Monday night that the cost is now closer to $4 million. While that is a big price tag, it is still $1 million less than the $5 million estimate town officials [got] last month from Weston & Sampson Engineering, Inc. of Warwick. John H. Hannigan, an engineer with Vollmer Associates LLP, who helped design the Taylor Point treatment plant when it was built 25 years ago, said that the plant is structurally sound, but needs some maintenance.

(photo captions) The rifle squad — Donald Richardson, Paul Robertson Sr. and Paul Robertson Jr. — fire off three rounds in memory of those lost in American Battles. Irene Newsham casts a spray of flowers into the bay to remember those veterans who were lost at sea.

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