2010-07-08 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 8
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 9, 1910

Narragansett Avenue and a number of side streets have been given a coat of dustoline. The past few days of hot, dry weather has made it almost impossible for the watering carts to make an impression on the dust, as the extent of the roads to be watered was such that the carts were kept hustling to get around. The application of dustolene, it is hoped, will help matters and give the drivers of the watering cart a chance to get the upper hand on the dust.

Barge Valentine is in with a cargo of coal for the Ferry company.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1935

The summer season was officially opened Wednesday evening with a dinner and dance at the Beavertail Golf and Country Club, when the summer colony and many out-of-town guests were present….(The Myer Davis orchestra played for the dance.) From the Newport Daily News, July 11, 1935

Captain Clarence King and his brother, Andrew, of Marine Avenue left Wednesday on a swordfishing expedition to Oak Bluffs.

From the Newport Daily News, July 12, 1935

Camp Seaside, the Y.W.C.A. summer camp at Conanicut Park, has opened with campers registered from Providence and vicinity and several nearby states. Former campers returning noted many improvements about the camp, including a new artesian well.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1960

The Conanicut Yacht Club has opened its 69th season with Adm. Ralph C. Alexander, USN, (ret.) as commodore.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1960

The Coast Guard today began interviewing crewmembers of the ferry Jamestown to determine what caused its steam engine to fail when docking in Newport June 19. …The Jamestown suddenly lost power and began drifting helplessly in Newport’s lower harbor about 3:30 p.m., June 19, with 80 passengers and 25 vehicles aboard. Two small fishing vessels towed the Jamestown to the fleet landing about 500 feet south of the ferry slip.

At a special meeting of the Jamestown Bridge Commission last night, six regular and two part-time toll collectors were unanimously given a 10-cent hourly pay raise, raising the present hourly wage to $2.10. …The present offi ce on Narragansett Avenue is owned by Thomas E. Hunt and has been used by the commission since the bridge was opened in 1940. The present rent is $50 a month, but commission members said the building is inadequate as an office.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 9, 1985

Sen. David Carlin assured the Town Council and the School Committee Monday night that the state will give Jamestown $157,000 to implement the Basic Education Program. …The Rhode Island Basic Education Program, which goes into effect in September, mandates a set of educational standards for every community.

From the Newport Daily News, July 9, 1985

Bids have been submitted for construction of two group homes for the retarded, one in Jamestown and one in Exeter. …The state plans to build a three-bedroom, one-level home on a 100 by 200-foot lot on Pemberton Avenue, which it bought for $26,000. …The home will include large dining and living rooms, a kitchen and an activity room.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 7, 1995

(caption) There was a crowd on hand Tuesday for the annual North End Fourth of July Parade. Participating were strollers, walkers, bicyclers, rollerbladers, joggers, tractors, antique cars, a fire engine and our community band.

Instead of spending summer days at the beach relaxing with friends or happy doing nothing at all, four Jamestown teenagers are spending their summer picking up garbage. The four teenagers and their adult supervisor make up the town’s OSCAR (Ocean State Cleanup and Recycling) unit.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 7, 2000

The oil-skimmer boat that is managed by the Jamestown Fire department was at the scene of the Narragansett Bay oil spill just over an hour after some 9,000 gallons of number-six fuel oil began to leak from the barge Penn 460.

Despite the thousands of islanders and tourists flooding every square inch of Jamestown’s eastern coast last Sunday, town officials report that the event (of Tall Ships) went smoothly and without incident.

Several new water regulations, as adopted by the Town Council June 26, went into effect yesterday.

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