2010-07-01 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 1
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, July 2, 1910

(At the town council meeting) the water main was ordered extended to Cole street, …and Norbent David was granted a peddler’s license, A Solomon was granted a junk license and Peter Dramands a fruit license.

The special Jamestown 18-footers arrived Friday evening from the Narragansett Bay yacht yard, where they were built. They came in town and made quite an imposing string of little racers as they approached Jamestown, their future home. There are seven of these little racers – for C.W. Wharton Jr., J.M. Dodge, A.H. Wetherill, C.D.M. Cole, A.B. Stearns and Mrs. Eva Murray, the seventh being for the Conanicut Yacht Club, that an extra boat may be available in case some newcomer wishes to try his luck. The craft were suggested to be dories, but instead they are practically 15-footer sloops with long weighted centerboards and no ballast.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1935

The annual celebration of the feast of the Holy Ghost was held in Jamestown Sunday, when 700 guests from out of town were present. …(After services were held at St. Mark’s hall) the feast was served and the afternoon was passed in music and drilling by the different companies.

From the Newport Daily News, July 3, 1935

James T. O’Connell was the honor guest at a testimonial dinner Tuesday evening at the Bay View Hotel, which he owns and has leased to the Genera Hotels Corporation. The event was sponsored by Jamestown residents, including members of the Board of Trade. It provided an opportunity for the guests to view the hotel, to which a tap room has been added and other improvements made, since last season.

(At the town council meeting) it was voted that the communication from Alfred H. Jones, treasurer of the Beavertail Golf and Country Club, requesting permission for the club to operate a gas filling station on the club premises be granted.

The War Department asked for $20,330 for construction of storehouse and concrete firing platforms at Fort Wetherill and for making triangulation surveys.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1960

Basing its position on the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals which last month upheld the right of the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. to build its proposed $50,000,000 refinery in Jamestown, the Jamestown Town Council last night reaffi rmed the validity of its zoning ordinance.

From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1960

Two Jamestown boys found a snapping turtle yesterday on Marine Avenue in Jamestown, but after keeping it as a pet for a few hours, put it in a field because “it kept snapping at everything.” …It was 22 inches long and a foot wide and weighed 50 pounds. It was not known if it was a land or water turtle. The boys said it was a pre-historic turtle because “it had big lumps on its tail.”

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1985

Jamestown Fourth called ‘peaceful.’ The holiday passed with no problems in Jamestown as people filled Beavertail Park, Mackerel Cove Beach and the waterfront areas, police said.

The Fools’ Rules regatta will be held Aug. 24 at the town beach at Shoreby Hill. …In the past eight years, the event has attracted media attention, particularly Boston’s “Evening Magazine” and National Geographic’s “World” magazine.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 29, 1995

If local investors have their way, bridge traffic won’t keep islanders from going to Newport this summer. Instead of being caught in traffi c congestion, Jamestowners will be able to ride the new ferryboat right across the bay to Bannister’s Wharf, Fort Adams and Goat Island (on the Jamestown & Newport ferry Company).

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 29, 2000

They’ve been talked about for months and now they’re here – the tall ships are back in Narragansett Bay for what should prove to be a riotous weekend for Jamestown.

Every day, Jamestown draws too much water from the North Pond reservoir – about 400,000 gallons too much. …Compiled by DEM’s Division of Water Supply Management, a recent study says that 185,000 gallons a day is the safe daily yield from North Pond.

Officials from Narragansett Electric treated the media to a close-up view of the final splicing operation on the second cable – one of the two that were damaged when the cruise ship Big Red Boat II dragged its anchor several hundred feet, knocking out Jamestown’s only source of electrical power.

(caption) The Jamestown windmill went “topless” last week as part of its summer-long restoration. Conanicut Marine Services donated the crane that decapitated the c. 1787 mill under the direction of millwright Andy Shrake.

The folks that run the Newport Bridge are releasing a brand new token this week, a commemorative one that honors both the millennium and the seafaring history of Narragansett Bay.

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