2010-08-19 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of August 19
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. 20, 1910

The annual social event by the Conanicut Yacht Club occurred Wednesday night at the Gardner House, and took the form of a German. In view of the tennis at the Casino, it was feared the attendance would not be large, but it was the only date available. The only trouble was that the place was not nearly large enough; it was packed. To use a nautical and yachting expression, there were many fouls at the turns, but no protests were made and every one had a good time – that is, those who were able to obtain entrance. Many who were unable felt slighted, but there was a limit to space.

St Mark’s fair attracted another large gathering Wednesday afternoon and evening. Thursday, the attendance was divided by the attraction of the country fair at the Golf Club, but in the evening, a large number came from Newport, steamer Conanicut having been chartered for a late trip to take them back to that city.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 15, 1935

Wednesday morning, the water main on Clarke Street broke with such force as to hurl a large quantity of water into the home of Chief of Police Greene, doing much damage to the house and furniture. Chief Greene was on duty at the ferry at the time and Mrs. Greene had gone to Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 16, 1935

(At the town council meeting) it was voted that the bill of Matoes and Lathan of $2.50 for repairs to the children’s slide at Mackerel Cove beach be paid out of the beach fund.

Pay rolls for the FERA of Newport County have been approved. (In Jamestown, 35 men received $238.20.) The 630 pounds of butter received Saturday was distributed to families on the FERA tolls this morning, as were large quantities of canned Hamburg and beef.

The carnival, which has been conducted the past week by the Jamestown American Legion and Auxiliary, came to a close Saturday evening, and a gratifying sum will be realized for the purpose of carrying on welfare work.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 20, 1935

(At the antiques loan exhibit sponsored by the Jamestown Historical Society, many items were on display.) A painting of the East ferry by Charles C. Hammett of Newport in 1850 was interesting. A bathing suit over 100 years old, and made of bed ticking, was one of the highlights of the exhibit.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 17, 1960

The Jamestown Bridge Commission’s counsel has written the advisory committee of the Rhode Island Development Council, protesting the inclusion of the Jamestown Bridge in any financing program in connection with the proposed $40,000,000 Newport Bay Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 19, 1960

Jamestown Bridge traffic increased by 12,226 vehicles to 98,783 in July, as compared with 86,557 in the same period last year…During the past eight months, eight bonds totaling $56,000 were cancelled. Bonds now outstanding amount to $476,000.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 23, 1960

The fourth annual Jonny Cake Day for the benefit of the Jamestown windmill restoration fund will be held Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 20, 1985

The Town Council’s primary consideration Monday night was when, where and how it should add a $75,000 chemical feed plant to the town’s water system. Sitting as the Water and Sewer Commission, the council questioned a representative from the C.E. Maguire engineering firm about the costs and feasibility of building the plant in the near future. From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 23, 1985

The director of the state Turnpike and Bridge Authority said today that he will ask that the number of token lanes be increased at the Newport Bridge toll plaza – when the new Jamestown Bridge is opened.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 17, 1995

The Town Council will consider a plan to limit the risk of Lyme disease by allowing hunters to kill some of the island’s deer. The recommendation to permit deer hunting on the island came from the council’s Lyme Disease Task Force.

(photo caption) These World War II veterans were among those who gathered at East Ferry Memorial Square Monday for a Victory Day observance.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 17, 2000

The grounds in front of the Community Center are going to get a major face lift that will include red brick terracing, stone walls capped with blue stone, new stairs and hedges. Pat Eannarino of the Quononoquott Garden Club told the Town Council Monday night how the project would be paid for. The town had budgeted $35,000 for improvements in the Community Center’s grounds and the garden club had donated $8,000 in funds it had raised holding events.

The state Department of Transportation last week once again secured the old Jamestown Bridge. Fencing had been placed at both the Jamestown and North Kingstown ends of the bridge to seal off and secure the bridge against trespassers.

A proposed skateboard park at Taylor Point got the green light (7-1) from the Planning Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

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