2010-06-24 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 24

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, June 25, 1910

A number of officers under instruction at the Training Station are spending the season with their families here, and for their accommodation, one of the station’s launches is making regular stops between there and the ferry. To afford a suitable landing, the Ferry Company has launched the floating stage and placed it on the north side of the water.

The Postal telegraph office has been opened for the season, and Miss O’Connor, who has been here several seasons, is again in charge.

The question of when the water is to be turned on at the drinking fountain at the foot of Narragansett Avenue for the summer is being asked daily.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1935

A pageant will be presented by the children (of Central Baptist Church) in honor of Children’s Day.

Mackerel Cove beach is open for the summer.

From the Newport Daily News, June 22, 1935

The Thomas E. Clarke school assembly hall was filled to capacity Friday evening when parents, relatives and friend attended the graduation exercise of the school. … (There were 25 graduates.) … The girls were attired in white gowns and carried bouquets of white flowers, and the boys wore dark blue suits.

From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1935

The Brenton Reef lightship, which guarded the entrance to Narragansett Bay for many years, was offered at auction Monday afternoon at Chelsea, Mass., the high bidder at $550.05

From the Newport Daily News, June 27, 1935

The sixth anniversary of the Jamestown American Legion Post and Auxiliary was celebrated at a birthday party and banquet Tuesday evening at Harbor View Inn.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 18, 1960

(At the Jamestown Bridge Commission meeting) the Federal Land Development Corp., which is developing land on the west side, asked for a further reduction of bridge tolls. The commission, however, decided to continue the same contract it had with the corporation last year. This calls for a minimum 2,000 trips at 22 cents a trip, plus $1,000 as a credit deposit with the bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, June 20, 1960

A lobster boat and a fishing dragger performed a Herculean task and guided the ferry boat to Jamestown to safety yesterday afternoon after the engine room fires died and it went adrift some 800 feet from Market Square. It berthed there three hours after it was due.

From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1960

(At a Town Council Meeting) in a discussion on Civilian Defense, the director, Myles O’Hara, pointed out that the town has no radio communication system to be used in an emergency. With the possibility of an attack, it was said that for the first 14 days after such an attack, a community would have to be entirely on its own before any state or federal aid could reach it.

From the Newport Daily News, June 24, 1960

The Commerce Oil Refining Co. will review its plans during the next 30 to 60 days before it decides what to do about its proposed $50,000,000 refinery in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, June 28, 1960

Jamestown Toll Bill Delay Seen at Stormy Hearing. Doubt that Congress could act on the Jamestown Bridge toll extension bill before adjournment was expressed today by U.S. Sen. John O. Pastore (D-RI) after a stormy public hearing in the Capitol.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 19, 1985

The Town Council asked a Providence engineer Monday night to come up with a cost proposal for the design of a new chemical feed building at South Pond. From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1985

The Town Council is considering a zoning ordinance that would give the town more jurisdiction over the placement of septic systems. …(It was announced) that the construction of the new garage transfer station will begin today. (It will be concrete for the first wall — 22 feet high and 54 feet long. The new station will include a recycling station for newspapers, aluminum cans, appliances and oil.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 22, 1995

Sweltering heart did nothing to dampen the excitement of the Lawn Avenue school’s graduating eighthgrade class Monday night (Number of graduates not indicated).

The Jamestown Housing Authority has received $90,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money will be used to upgrade the heating system and community rooms at Pemberton Apartments.

If you think the toll for the Newport Bridge is expensive now, just imagine what it would have cost when Conanicut Island was part of Africa. Africa? That’s right, Africa. University of Rhode Island geology professor Q. Don Hermes says that the fossils contained in the flaky rock called Phyllite that make up Beavertail point support this claim.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 22, 2000

Work crews are currently installing a new electric cable across the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Narragansett Electric has hired a New York firm to lay the new cable across the bay bottom, replacing the one that was severed June 11 by the anchor of a cruise ship.

Just before 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, all island fire apparatus was called to the Newport Overlook Resort for a blaze that gutted two of the property’s 19 time-share units.

Fifty-nine eighth-grade students marched into the gym … and marched out of their graduation knowing that it is time to leave the cozy island of Jamestown for the unfamiliar world beyond.

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