2010-06-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 17
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 18, 1910

There was quite a mix-up on the steamboats just outside the breakwater light about 10 o’clock Sunday evening. The Commonwealth was making the swing in leaving the harbor, closely followed by ferryboats Conanicut and Newport, and a small launch was making for the harbor. Transport Dixie was anchored in such a position that the Commonwealth could not make the turn and was forced to back at full speed. This brought her back toward the approaching ferryboats and they in turn were forced to stop and back. Fortunately, the fog was not very dense and all the tangle was soon straightened out without collision.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1935

The Conanicut 4-H Club had a successful food sale today. The proceeds will afford some of the members an outing at Camp Edwards.

Much praise is being heard of the pretty garden spot which was made Friday on the north end of the town hall, under the supervision of Highway Superintendent Charles E. Gardner. The plot is banked by evergreens, with fuchsia plants in the front. The latter were donated by Smith Brothers.

From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1935

FERA payrolls here amount to $3,920. (There were 28 Jamestown workers who received $200.40.)

From the Newport Daily News, June 19, 1935

The Bay View Hotel, one of the best summer resort houses on Jamestown, will open for the season June 25. An extensive program of improvements has been carried out through this spring by James T. O’Connell of this city, when he purchased the Bay View last fall. Among many important changes effected are the re-painting of the entire house, inside and out, and installation of a new tap room, for which a contract is now being conducted to secure the best name. A new sidewalk cafĂ© has been built, on the Narragansett Avenue side of the hotel.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 15, 1960

The Jamestown School Committee voted last night to incorporate the curriculum plan calling for upgrading of the present school system with its educational program. On the elementary level the areas for upgrading are reading, arithmetic, science and social studies. On the junior high level, reading, English, mathematics, science, social studies and guidance will be upgraded, with a return to geography planned.

From the Newport Daily News, June 16, 1960

An extension of toll collections on the Jamestown Bridge will be sought in legislation introduced in Congress today.

(editorial) The Jamestown Town Council is taking a commendable step in a long-range zoning proposal and in placing immediate restrictions on development of land for residential purposes on the West Shore,

From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1960

The Gulf Oil Corp. has no interest at this time in the erection of a refinery in Jamestown, it informed the Newport Daily News.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 14, 1985

Sixty-four pupils were presented diplomas Thursday night at the Jamestown School before a packed auditorium.

From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1985

The sixth annual Swim the Bay, sponsored by Save the Bay, Inc., has been scheduled for Aug. 10. Traditionally one of the top fund-raising and media events of the year for R.I.’s largest environmental organization, Save the Bay’s swim will focus attention on the state’s most valuable resource when 100 swimmers make the 2 1/4-mile crossing of Narragansett Bay from Newport to Jamestown beneath the Newport Bridge.

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

For the first time ever, three Jamestown soccer teams have earned state championship titles in the Rhode Island Youth Soccer Tourney.

A public hearing on a town request for funding for three local projects through the state’s Transport Improvements Program will be held Monday. …the town has sought TIP money for three projects – improvements to Southwest Avenue, North Main Road and the downtown area – before, but since the state Department of Transportation has run out of money, all three have been dropped from the program.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 15, 2000

At noon on Monday, with the island still uncertain about its immediate future, Town Council President David Long announced to a packed conference room at the police station that a state of emergency had been declared for the island, then without electricity for 15 hours. The official word: A cruise ship making a one-day call on Newport dragged its anchor across the two underwater electrical cables —Jamestown’s sole lifeline to a power source —severing them and placing the town in a potentially dangerous situation.

It may have been an islandwide crisis, but some people actually benefited from the power outage Monday. Steve Sherman said that in addition to the sale of eight generators, the Jamestown True Value Hardware store sold enough propane, batteries and flashlights to make it one of the store’s record sales days.

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