2010-06-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 10
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, June 11, 1910

A subscription dance was given Friday evening in the Gardner House hall by a number of younger men.

Several small children have taken up the dangerous pastime of running across the street and dodging automobiles. Already one or more have been saved from possible fatal injury only by quick work on the part of the driver.

The bad weather is interfering with the tar work on the new roadbed on Narragansett Avenue and it is progressing slowly.

The water works has men replacing the earthen pipe leading from the reservoir to the new pumping station with cement-lined iron pipe, the earthen pipe proving inadequate to withstand the pressure.

The Hotel Thorndike has been rented to the Plymouth Hotel Company of New York for the season of 1910.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 7, 1935

Although no definite date is set for the opening of the Beavertail Golf and Country club, it is probable that it will open June 15. Memberships are being recorded rapidly.

From the Newport Daily News, June 11, 1935

The pupils of the seventh and eighth grades of the Thomas H. Clarke School left this morning on a sight seeing trip and visited the Rhode State College, the Fish Hatchery at Lafayette and the State Police barracks in Portsmouth.

A party was given at the Beavertail Golf and Country club Sunday afternoon for the men who worked there during the past winter and spring.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 9, 1960

On Tuesday, the pupils of Jamestown school grade 5-W …visited the Audubon Society reservation in Charlestown. Today, grade 4-E visited the Gilbert Stuart School in Providence.

From the Newport Daily News, June 14, 1960

The Council will be asked, according to a vote taken by the Waterfront Commission last night, to demand the immediate end of the smoke nuisance on the waterfront charged to the Jamestown ferries.

The Planning Board submitted to the (Town) Council its study for zoning ordinances for Jamestown in the form of a draft ordinance, which the Council accepted for study.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 12, 1985

Gov. DiPrete today presided over a State House ceremony at which a $63.9 million contract, the largest single public contract in the state’s history, was signed for the construction of a new Jamestown Bridge. …“The new Jamestown Bridge,” he said, which will be completed in 1988, will further enhance the state’s efforts to promote tourism and economic development. …The contract signed today was the joint venture of Clark-Fitzpatrick of Williston Park, N.Y. and Franki Foundation Co. of Boston. Their joint bid was the lowest-priced one for the job when bids were opened last December.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 9, 1995

Jamestown voters braved rainy weather Wednesday to re-elect the incumbents to the Town Council (Fred F. Pease, Paul A. Robertson, Steven M. McInnis, Mark E. Liberati and Richard A. Hines), School Committee (William H. Reynolds and Susan Quinn Romano) and Town Moderator’s post (Gloria C. Dahl).

The Jamestown Village Association will introduce its new ferryboat ornament the Hammonton on July 8th at the Ferry Days celebration.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 8, 2000

Although the Town Council and the Harbor Management Commission have yet to vote on the issue, it looks like a pumpout boat the Town Council ordered built for use at the West ferry will be taken over by the Dutch Harbor Boatyard.

A group of parents will make a pitch to the Town Council Monday proposing that a newly considered piece of town-owned property be used to build a skate park and playground for island children. …the property along Bay View Drive that is part of the parcel on which the town’s sewage treatment plant lies, has a lot of plusses because it is not near any homes…

Beginning this week, one of Jamestown’s historical buildings will undergo a facelift, getting a new look for the new millennium. Millwright Andy Shrake …will do the restoration of the 1787 Jamestown Windmill with the help of his son and black Labrador, “Posie.”

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