2010-07-22 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 22
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 23, 1910

The first of the weekly afternoon teas at the Conanicut Yacht Club house took place Friday afternoon while and after the yacht race was on.

Steamer John A. Saunders was put on the west ferry Saturday, to run between West Jamestown, Saunderstown and Ft. Greble.

Jamestown has but four cottages not at present occupied and the real estate agents have still numerous inquiries for accommodations daily, making it almost certain that during August every cottage will be rented.

The H.L. Frost and Co. had men in town last week to spray the large elm tree at the Carr Homestead known as the “King Elm of Rhode Island.

(The federal census showed a Jamestown population of 1,175 as compared with 1,099 in 1900.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 23, 1935

(At the monthly meeting of the Jamestown Histori cal Society) Captain Edwin T. Pollock reported that the grounds of the old mill had been put in condition and submitted an estimate on repairs of the wing of the old mill.

From the Newport Daily News, July 24, 1935

Plans were made (at the school board meeting) for meeting with the manager of Jamestown & Newport Ferry company to discuss rules and regulations for issuing ferry passes for school purposes.

Plans for a masquerade and competition dance to be held at the Beavertail Country Club some time during August are now being formed, and ringer tournaments for both men and women are now in progress.

From the Newport Daily News, July 25, 1935

Instruction in life saving methods will be given under the auspices of the Jamestown Chapter American Red Cross at the Mackerel Cove bathing beach beginning Monday, July 29.

From the Newport Daily News, July 26, 1935

At the annual meeting of the trustees of the Cedar cemetery …the treasurer reported (the) perpetual care fund had increased to a new high of $17,200.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1960

The Jamestown Water Company’s application for new rates, which has met stiff opposition from the town, had its seventh hearing before the state Public Utilities Division in Providence yesterday and was extended to an indefinite date in August.

From the Newport Daily News, July 25, 1960

Police are unable to explain a small homemade bomb attached to a wooden raft, which washed ashore on Head’s Beach on the western shore of Jamestown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1985

Every morning, Wednesday through Sunday, (Mick) Korba gives talks to children on sea creatures found in and around Beavertail Point. …Korba, a science teacher at Wheeler School in Providence during the rest of the year, works at Beavertail for three months in the summer. His programs (for the Department of Environmental Management) are divided into two categories – historical and shoreline.

From the Newport Daily News, July 22, 1985

Real estate transactions for June were led by the sale of the Bay View Hotel as Spencer and Avery Dickinson sold the building to LJD Inc. of Jamestown for $825,000.

From the Newport Daily News, July 23, 1985

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management unveiled a “general conceptual plan” for Ft. Wetherill State Park, which included relocation of the state’s Salt Water Fisheries Lab there.

Underground fuel storage tanks will be banned on residential property as soon as the town solicitor drafts an ordinance, the Town Council decided Monday night.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 20, 1995

A proposed irrigation system that would water the townowned golf course with effluent from the sewage treatment plant — the first of its kind in Rhode Island — got a good reception from residents at a public hearing this week.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commission Monday, the Town Council expanded the restrictions on outdoor water use to include a ban on washing boats.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 20, 2000

The Harbor Management Commission last week decided to ask the town solicitor for clarifi cation of the riparian definition concerning mooring holders.

Seven Jamestowners took a 1.7-mile plunge with over 200 other participants in the Save the Bay swim last Saturday morning. The open water swim from Newport’s Naval Station to Potter Cove in Jamestown was the 24th annual event to celebrate Save the Bay’s work to protect and restore Narragansett Bay.

Some additional restrictions on outdoor water use are now in effect, and in some way, they are different from those in place during previous summers. (They involved restrictions on watering flowers and vegetables). …The restrictions may remain in place through Oct. 31.

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