2010-09-02 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 2
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, Sept. 3, 1910

That no accident occurs to the automobile parties which race across the island between the ferries is due more to good luck than to careful driving. On a recent evening, a car coming from the westward was going at such a rate that it could not avoid the barrier at the four corners, where the new state road is under construction. …Sunday, two machines racing from ferry to ferry at the same place were going at too great a speed to take the turn and one of them brought up on the bank west of Central Baptist Church.

The annual meeting of the Jamestown Improvement Society was held at the cottage of Mr. Frank H. Rosengarten. …The annual report showed only 32 subscribers to the funds, and regrets were expressed at the lack of interest in its work by some of the wealthiest landowners and nearly every permanent resident of the island. Pleasure was declared at what had been accomplished with the meager funds obtained.

While there have been some departures on account of the sailing of the fleet, there are still so many in Jamestown that it can be said to be full.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 3, 1935

Previous to the Saturday evening dance at Beavertail Country Club, Mrs. T. Albert Potter of Chicago was the hostess at a dinner when covers were laid for 26 guests. …The Sunday afternoon concert at the club was well attended.

Adolph Littlefield and “Teddy” Carr are spending a week in New Hampshire.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 6, 1935

Mrs. John L. Tiffany of New York and of the Jamestown summer colony won four blue ribbons with her horses, “Soldier Boy,” “Elegance on Parade,” “Hop-Along” and “Magic Maid” at the Narragansett horse show held at Canonchet Farms.

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

A 600-foot tanker (P.W. Thirtle), inbound, ran aground in the harbor entrance off Jamestown in heavy fog this morning, damaging her hull and releasing thousands of barrels of oil into the water. No casualties were reported among her crewmembers, and the big ship did not seem to be in any present danger of foundering.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 2, 1960

Oil spewed from tanker creates havoc in harbor. … Waterfront areas in Newport and Jamestown lay polluted today under a thick coating of oil that poured yesterday from a tanker aground at the harbor entrance. (The master said only 8,000 barrels instead of 28,000 of heavy bunker C fuel oil in the cargo had spilled into the bay.)

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 3, 1960

Four-hundred thirteen elementary children have been registered as of today, which is one less than on opening day last year. One-hundred thirty-one have registered for high school. Of those, 128 will attend high schools in Newport and three will go to private schools. …The taxi operated by Harold Richardson will take high school children from the vicinity of the radar facility on Beavertail Road. (The school bus schedule for elementary students and high school students on other parts of the island is given.) From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 7, 1960

The Jamestown Elementary School opened this morning with the enrollment of 413 pupils and one vacancy on the teaching staff.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 4, 1985

The soothing peal of the school bell echoed deep in the hearts of Jamestown parents this morning. It marked the first day of school — and their first relief in months. Continuing a 30-year tradition, Jamestown School Superintendent/ Principal Phyllis Schmidt —surrounded by the school’s elementary pupils — rang the bell to officially begin another school year.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 31, 1995

While the quality of the water coming from the new municipal well has yet to be approved, the state Dept. of Health has given the town permission to keep pumping water from the well into North Pond reservoir. Water has been pumped at a rate of 100,000 gallons a day — between a third and a fourth of what municipal water customers consume daily — since last week.

The weather was perfect Saturday for the first annual kayak race around Jamestown.

A state-mandated Comprehensive Harbor Management Plan got approval from the Town Council Monday, making the town’s Harbor Ordinance one step closer to being unconditional law.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 31, 2000

The Planning Commission, Harbor Management Commission and Zoning Board have been kicked out of the Town Hall and are now in need of a place to meet. …Fire Chief Art Christman, who is also a state fire marshal, has reduced the capacity of the Town Hall’s meeting room from 20 to 15 to comply with the fire code.

Jamestown Distributors will leave their location of 22 years to occupy a much larger building in Bristol.

The newest item on the menu at Spinnaker’s CafĂ© is Diana Scanlon-Andreozzi, who took over management of the island eatery on Aug. 1.

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