2010-05-27 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 27
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 Journal, May 28, 1910

The work on Narragansett Avenue, at the west ferry, has reached the stage when the coarse stone is to be carted and spread.

The town watering cart was put in commission Monday afternoon, but since that time has not been used, owing to the frequent showers of the past two days.

A large shipment of shrubbery arrived Thursday by the Fall River line and ferry, for Mr. Samuel Smith.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1935

Auctioneer Preston E. Peckham is announcing an auction sale of household goods, glassware and crockery, to be held at Charles Moll’s brick garage, Narragansett Avenue, Saturday at 1 o’clock.

From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1935

A large crowd gathered on the street Sunday to see the circus wagons and elephants as they came from the west side to take the ferry to Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1935

Work is progressing rapidly on the Bayview Hotel, which is being renovated and is to be open June 15. The large room on the lower floor of the west building, which was formerly the old Bayview house built in 1873 by William H. Knowles, is being decorated by Charles Cummungs of Johnstown, Ohio. A panoramic view of from Beavertail to Castle Hill is shown, including the small islands of the bay. A view of the War College and the Newport water front in the late eighties, Halidon Hill, the Ida Lewis lighthouse, the breakwater, Fort Adams and the spire of old Trinity and many other churches of Newport are a few of the many interesting views.

From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1935

Jamestown has declared war against a particularly heavy infestation of tent caterpillars, members of the fire department being ordered out to wash down, with a heavy pressure pumper line, the foliage in the Bryer Avenue-Calvert Street section. The area is adjacent to a swamp, in which insects are breeding on the wild cherry trees.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1960

On receipt of a request (to the Town Council) from Postmaster Stephen J. Zweir Jr. for advice on curbing and sidewalks at the post office, which is nearing completion, the Council agreed to meet with contractors and state officials to consider the matter.

From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1960

The Jamestown School Committee last night rescinded its May 2 adoption of an upgraded curriculum outline, which has been under fire because of the manner in which it was handled.

From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1960

The Jamestown School’s annual May Festival was marked by a program of dances from countries from which the town settlers came. (Dances represented were American Indian, Portuguese, Ireland and America.)

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1985

The Town Council Monday refused to set a 5 percent cap on municipal budgets next year until it could discuss “guidelines” at a work session.

A planned face lift for the assistant keeper’s house at Beavertail State Park will get underway June 15 with a clean-up day sponsored by the R.I. Parks Association. The six-room house, built in 1889, will eventually be turned into an exhibit and education center. From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1985

Cable television service in Jamestown took another step forward Wednesday when town offi cials met with cable representatives to discuss locating a receiver dish atop the water tower.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 25, 1995

It is like watching migrating birds coming home to roost: When you begin to see the recreational vehicles winding across the island on their way to set up camp at Fort Getty, you can be sure that summer is nearly here.

The new Extra Mart will open at 5 a.m. until store manager Lee Perry can hire additional employees. The Town Council Monday, after some 40 minutes of discussion at a public hearing, voted 4-0 to allow the convenience store to open at 4 a.m.

Seminars on how to use the new electrical voting equipment that will tally the ballots during the upcoming election of town officials will be held Wednesday, May 31, at three separate times and locations.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 25, 2000

In a meeting with North Kingstown High School officials, Supt. Francis Gallo learned recently that the high school tuition will increase $1,000 per student for the 2000-2001 school year.

Starting June 1, the town will start using a chemical called methroprene in catch basins around the island to kill mosquito larvae that could become carriers of West Nile virus.

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