2010-09-16 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 16
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. 17, 1910

The top-notch tautog of the season was caught last week by Mr. Lawrence Lee of Leesburg, Va., who is occupying the Tefft cottage on Calvert Place. The fish was caught from the rocks at Beavertail and weighed nine and one-half pounds.

The little store at west ferry, occupied by Mrs. John R. Caswell, was broken into Friday evening or early Saturday and stock, principally candy, amounting to between $4 and $5 worth, was stolen.

Work on the state road across the island has been resumed. Two weeks of good weather should see the work near completion.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 14, 1935

Miss Mollie Carr was the hostess at a beach party on the east shore during the week.

Mackerel Cove beach, which has been managed by Mrs. A. Coleman Tefft during the past season, will close Sunday night.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 17, 1935

At the final meeting of the season of the Jamestown Historical Society …Captain Pollock reported that repairs to the windmill had been completed.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 14, 1960

The Jamestown highway department crewmen have begun to clean up the debris left by Hurricane Donna. Streets of the town were littered with tree branches. Those along the waterfront were covered with globs of oil slick washed ashore from the tanker that went ashore off Jamestown. … The highway department is going to try an experiment by burning the oil in the Fort Getty area. …Yesterday, state workers graded the sand and pushed off the boulders washed ashore at Mackerel Cove. …Telephone linemen and electric corporation crewmen cut up large trees that crashed through the utility power lines and had restored power to most of the town by 2:15 p.m. yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 17, 1960

John B. Foley, bridge manager, reported to the Jamestown Bridge Commission last night that the gross revenue for the first 15 days of September, compared with the same period last year, was $3,093.03 or 17 percent less. Passages were down 497 or 13 percent. Hurricane Donna took her share of the toll. The day of the hurricane and the day before and after, traffic was down by 1,531.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 18, 1985

The Jamestown Bridge Design Study Committee will hold a public hearing tonight to outline options for residents whose property is affected by the new cross-island connector road.

The development pressure many islanders have feared is beginning to heat up the already charged air in Jamestown. …The Council has taken a strong position against the extension of water and sewer lines and has previously rejected requests from two of the three petitioners. Councilmen have taken the position that the town water supply cannot handle more extensions. Sewer line extensions would also tax a system that operates over capacity five months a year, the Council insists.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 18, 1985

The road connecting the new Jamestown Bridge with the Newport Bridge will not be completed when the new bridge opens, a state official said.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 14, 1995

The Town Council has enacted a water emergency ordinance and asked the town administrator to start buying water from North Kingstown as soon as possible. In effect as of midnight Monday, Sept. 11, the emergency ordinance bans all outdoor residential and commercial water uses and prohibits restaurants from serving water unless customers ask for it.

Believe it or not, the Senior Center at the Grange is OPEN! Monday, Aug. 28, on one of a long stretch of clear, hot and sunny mornings, very unobtrusively and without fanfare, the meal site began operations in its new location on West Street.

Few businesses are as well known to islanders as McQuade’s Market on Clarke Street. …Mc- Quade’s has been at the intersection of Clarke Street and Southwest Avenue for 13 years. The McQuade family oversees a chain of three stores: in addition to Jamestown, there are stores in Westerly and Mystic, Conn.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 14, 2000

The Town Council Monday approved a proposed amendment to a section of the town’s Code of Ordinances pertaining to the makeup of the Harbor Management Commission that defines “riparian property owner” as “a person who owns a freehold estate of record in land with the Town having shorefront directly to waters bordering the Town.”

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