2010-07-29 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 29
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 30, 1910

(At the town council meeting) it was voted that the horse on trial for the town’s team be purchased from Alvin H. Peckham and the bill of $250 be paid.

The Conanicut Park Improvement Society held its annual meeting.

The automobile travel across the island Sunday was the largest of the season, about 300 machines crossing the west bay during the day.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 27, 1935

It was voted (at the town council meeting) that the American Legion be granted permission to hold its annual carnival from Aug. 12 to 17 on the parking ground at the east end of Narragansett Avenue and to have the use of said grounds from Aug. 10 to Aug. 18.

From the Newport Daily News, July 29, 1935

Under a light southeast wind and with a strong incoming tide, the racing squadron of the Conanicut Yacht Club had a successful day when 11 boats crossed the line in a regular Saturday men’s race.

The Civil Service Commission has announced that at the request of Postmaster General Farley, an open competitive examination for postmaster of Jamestown will be held.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 26, 1960

A 19-year-old sailor fleeing from the shore patrol in a stolen motorboat rammed into the Jamestown-bound ferry early this morning. He was rescued by a ferry deckhand, who leaped overboard.

Council President Francis R. Costa at last night’s Jamestown Town Council meeting said the congressional proposal to require an extension of tolls on the Jamestown- Saunderstown Bridge to be “in accordance with state law” was “still not acceptable.”

From the Newport Daily News, July 30, 1960

Jamestown’s new post office, at the corner of Narragansett and Southwest Avenues, opened today at 8 a.m. The formal dedication will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. …The new post office is symbolic of the modern business-like approach now being applied to postal improvements throughout the nation. …Under this program, investment financing is used to obtain needed facilities, which remain under private ownership, pay local taxes to the community and are leased to the federal government. …In Jamestown, the lot on which the post office is built is owned by Raymond DeLeo, who erected the brick building according to postal specifications. It takes in about 2,500 square feet of space and is modern throughout. In the rear is a loading platform and plenty of blacktop parking area.

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

State and federal officials are trying to determine what effect a decision by a federal judge will have on the new Jamestown Bridge contract. The judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Monday that two Rhode Island companies, accused by the state of setting up phony minority-owned businesses, cannot be barred from future federal contracts.

From the Newport Daily News, July 29, 1985

The Town Council is scheduled to discuss proposed regulations for the new garbage transfer station at a workshop session tonight.

From the Newport Daily News, July 30, 1985

A Town Council workshop session erupted into a heated affair Monday night when the owner of a cesspool cleaning business accused the town of discrimination against his business. …Councilmen had several comments on the proposed rules and regulations. There was much discussion on the provisions dealing with recycling trailers to be placed at the transfer station.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 27, 1995

A sharp increase in the number of deer and Lyme Disease-carrying deer ticks on Conanicut Island has increased concern over the possible threat of Lyme Disease.

After an hour of discussion, the Town Council Monday refused to repeal its week-old ban on using municipal water to wash boats.

Jamestown recently received $99,000 from the state’s Community Development Block Grant program. The money is earmarked for four different local programs. (They were to install an elevator in the new senior center, housing rehabilitation loans, home ownership loan program, and for the East Bay Economic Initiative.)

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 27, 2000

The Town Council voted unanimously to approve a definition that would allow anyone with an interest of one percent or more in a waterfront property to be legally considered “a riparian owner.”

The Feast of the Holy Ghost will be celebrated in Jamestown on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to dusk. The feast began in Portugal during the Middle Ages, and continues in many Portuguese communities to this day.

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