2010-01-28 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
In answer to last week’s observations, Dorothy Strang notes that mixed in with the beautiful shingled colonial-style buildings between the waterfront and the firehouse on Narragansett Avenue are five buildings constructed of brick.

They are (from east to west): Conanicut Marine Store, Bank of America, the car wash at the Mobil station, the newly refurbished Bome Theatre mall and the Jamestown Press building. Bank of America and the car wash seem to have no historical significance; hence, they can be called “modern.”

Of the three churches that sit at the upper end of Narragansett Avenue, Central Baptist Church is white clapboard and not brick, St. Mark Catholic Church has just celebrated its centennial year and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church’s bell tower often plays hymns at 5 p.m.

This week’s query concerns Jamestown historical dates. Dorothy says, “I’ve put these in the ‘matching’ format loved and/or feared by anyone who has ever taken a test in school. Please know that this matching exercise is not a test. All of the answers are in plain sight of anyone walking or driving around Jamestown. No textbooks or library research (fun though they can be) are required. Just an observant eye.”

Directions: Match each Jamestown entity in the right column with the date in the left column when it was founded, constructed, established or dedicated.

1678 A. Old sea wall at East

Ferry 1749 B. Conanicut Battery Park

(dedication) 1787 C. Beavertail Light

(established) 1898 D. “Old” library building

(constructed) 1901 E. St. Mark congregation

(established) 1909 F. Veterans’ Memorial at

East Ferry (re-dedicated) 1936 G. Jamestown Golf

Course (first opened) 1971 H. Windmill

(constructed) 1997 I. Jamestown (founded) 2001 J. Current lighthouse

building (constructed)

Extra points for saying where on the island each of these pieces of historical information can be found (Answers at the bottom of the column).

Thanks, Dorothy!


In the 1939 award-winning motion picture “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,” Jimmy Stewart plays a naive man who becomes a senator and gets into deep trouble with a sharp politician. Who played the politician?


The Jamestown Community Chorus is in rehearsals for its spring program, “This One’s For the Birds: Choral Music About Our Fine Feathered Friends,” to be presented during the first weekend in May. Director B.J. Whitehouse notes, “It turns out that many famous composers, including Mozart, Brahms and Carl Orff, have written music about birds.”

B.J. listed lyrics that may show up in the sing-along section of the concert. The first poser is:

What line follows these 1970s rock lyrics?

“In you I found a fragrance, I’ll love you till I die

I just love you, love you, love you, I don’t even know the reason why.”

What’s the line and the name of the song?

Thanks, Beej!


R.I.P. Robert Parker. Spenser lives on.


In the Jan. 21 column, John A. Murphy wrote: Identify Two Ten Six Eighteen Ten Forty-four.” Larry Lewis replied:

“John’s referring to the song, ‘Doesn’t Anybody Know My Name,’ which contains the lyric phrase ‘Two Ten Six Eighteen Ten Forty-four,’ a reference to the times of train service in a small American town to which a blinded soldier has returned, having fought thanklessly in an overseas war. It was written by Rod McKuen and published in 1965. It isn’t hard to imagine that the then-burgeoning American involvement in the Vietnam conflict was McKuen’s inspiration. The tune was recorded by a number of artists, including McKuen, Johnny Cash, the Kingston Trio and Waylon Jennings, who arguably did the best version.

“Shamefully, at that time, many factions of our divided nation despised our military. While we have more than our share of divisiveness today, at least our soldiers now enjoy greater public support.

“Okay, I’m off the soapbox. Great question, John, and apologies for my having had to Google this. Keep ‘em coming!”


Don’t forget tonight’s presentation of “Shall We Dansu” (Japan, 1996), part of the Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library’s Thursday Night Foreign Film Series at 7 p.m.


Saturday’s full moon is the Moon After Yule, Old Moon and the Wolf Moon.


Tuesday is Ground Hog Day. You know what that means.


Answers to the Jamestown historical dates: A. 1936-38 (bronze WPA plaques on the walls); B. 2002 (entrance sign); C. 1749 (information sign at the lighthouse); D. 1971 (cornerstone at southwest corner of the building) E. 1909 (welcome sign says Centennial year 2009); F. 1997 (incised in ground-level granite marker); G. 1901(entrance sign on Conanicus); H. 1787 (sign on North Road at the windmill); I. 1678 (granite marker at the four corners and also the town sign at the Pell Bridge); J. 1898 (information sign at the lighthouse)

*** Be true!


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