2010-08-05 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 5
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, Aug. 6, 1910

English tramp steamer Hudson was brought into the West bay Sunday afternoon by pilot Clarence King of this town. The Hudson is a 4,000-ton steamer, hails from London and was loaded in New York recently with 135,000 cases of oil for China. While off shore Sunday morning, the wife of the captain suffered a shock and he decided to put in for assistance. On arriving west of Dutch Island, the Hudson was anchored and the sick woman taken ashore at Saunderstown at the home of personal friends who are spending the season at their cottage there.

The hotels are fast filling up for the month of August, which is expected to be the busiest month the island ever had.

Work on the state road east of the four corners has shut off a section of Narragansett Avenue. This causes the stages connecting the ferries to make two turnouts, one to the south, east of the four corners, and one to the north, west of the four corners. Consequently, they are unable to make trips on time, delaying the ferries.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 1, 1935

The Rev. Albert C. Larned and family, who have been spending the past month in Maine, arrived in Jamestown today, and will stop for a week at “The Anchorage,” while getting the parsonage in readiness. Dr. Larned will conduct his first service as rector of St. Matthew’s next Sunday morning.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 2, 1935

The weekly girls’ race was held off the Conanicut Yacht Club, when a fleet of nine boats in three classes crossed the starting line.

The Blue Bird Brownies Pack …recently had a successful picnic at the Beavertail cottage of Mrs. Arthur S. Clarke. Games and refreshments were enjoyed.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 6, 1935

The Y.W.C.A. Camp Seaside at Conanicut park was the scene of an attractive water pageant Sunday morning. The dock was decorated with greenery and colored balloons. This, with a chain of boats of various hues, formed the setting. The pageant was entitled, “The Princess Learns to Swim.”

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 1, 1960

The new St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Jamestown was dedicated yesterday by the Most Rev. Russell J. McVianey, bishop of Providence. …The new church, of a contemporary design, fittingly was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Mark’s as a parish of the diocese, although services had been held there during the summer for 20 years before.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 3, 1960

The Jamestown Planning Board last night at Town Hall directed a letter to the Town Council expressing dissatisfaction with the plans in a prospectus from Lester Towle, vice-president of the Federal Building and Development Corp., for certain areas at Jamestown Shores development. Towle assured the council that all deeds of lots fronting on Eldred Avenue will contain restrictions that buildings on these lots shall be set back 20 feet from the Eldred Avenue line.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 6, 1960

The Green-Pastore bill authorizing the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority to continue Jamestown Bridge tolls in conjunction with financing the proposed Newport Bay Bridge has been approved by the Department of the Army.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 2, 1985

An East Providence drilling firm took test borings at the Bay View Hotel Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for construction of 35 luxury condominiums. From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 9, 1985

Jamestown property owners landlocked by construction of the new cross-island connector road will have an opportunity to consider their options at a public hearing Sept. 18. At the meeting, the Jamestown Design Study Committee will air choices for two different areas where landowners will be denied entrance to their property that will connect the new Jamestown Bridge and the Newport Bridge. The most complicated problem deals with land on the south side of Eldred Avenue, east of Helm Street.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 3, 1995

With some 70-days supply of water left in North Pond reservoir, town officials by tomorrow may finally receive a state permit that would allow them to replenish the reservoir with water from a municipal well.

Hurricane season is here. Islanders only have to look back about four years to Hurricane Bob to realize that tropical storms do pose a threat to Jamestown.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 3, 2000

The Town Council will hold a second and final public workshop on how to finance the rehabilitation of the 20-year-old sewage treatment plant at Taylor Point Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the library. The decision to hold a second work session was made at the July 24 council meeting, after it became clear that council members differed on how they should proceed on the issue.

(photo caption) Saturday was a fine day for fishing. Lots of youngsters showed up at the North Pond reservoir for the Striper Club’s annual Kids’ Fishing Derby. After a morning of fishing, there was lunch and prizes.

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