2010-09-23 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of September 23
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. 24, 1910

The automobile stage belonging to the ferry company went out of commission Monday, breaking the crankshaft while running along the sidewalk to go around the road, which is torn up for re-building, on Narragansett Avenue.

The hackmen held their annual bake at Potter’s point Sunday and during the time there was a scarcity of carriages to be had for hire. The men, however, had an enjoyable time, the bake being pronounced first class.

The whistle on steamer Conanicut has been replaced by another, which is louder and deeper in tone. As the old one has been in place about seven years, those who constantly use the ferry and depend on the whistle were deceived Tuesday by the new one.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 23, 1935

Saturday evening, the operators at the local telephone exchange gave a pre-nuptial shower in the office retiring room for Miss Elsie Merritt, who is soon to become the bride of Postmaster Samuel Smith 3d, the room being deco rated in pink and white. Among the gifts presented was a boudoir lamp, and an assortment of kitchen utensils. Cake and ice cream were served.

Severance Gladding, George Peckham and Harold Lang returned today from a motor trip to Canada.

A large number of fishing parties from out of town were at Beavertail Sunday, but few fish were caught.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 20, 1960

Jonny Cake Day, held Aug. 27 under the auspices of the Jamestown Historical Society, netted $500 for the windmill restoration fund. …There was no damage to the mill from the hurricane as Paul and John Harsch, under the direction of Mrs. Potter, secured the arms and the windows.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 24, 1985

The Town Council voted 4-1 Monday night to reorganize the building inspector’s office, making the inspector a full-time position. The reorganization, which will be reviewed after six months, effectively blocked the addition of the much-discussed environmental inspector’s position.

The Town Council voted Monday to call a special financial town meeting Oct. 15 to upgrade the Police Department radio system. The new radio system is essential …to improve emergency communications with the Fire Department, ambulances and neighboring police departments.

About 100 gallons of No. 8 fuel oil spilled into Narragansett Bay and washed up on the shores of Jamestown last week. It wasn’t the first spill. According to a report released recently in Marine Pollution Bulletin, between 1976 and 1983, there were 858 oil spills in Narragansett Bay and its tributaries, amounting to more than 200,000 gallons.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 21, 1985

Town officials expected water from North Kingstown to start flowing through the emergency pipeline across the West Passage and directly into the island’s distribution system yesterday about 2 p.m. …Meanwhile, the town continues to pump 100,000 gallons daily from its recently completed municipal well into North Pond reservoir.

Central Baptist Church will celebrate its 128th anniversary this Sunday.

(photo caption) A swimmer heads for a towel Saturday after completing the 1.7-mile open water swim from Newport to Jamestown. More than 140 swimmers participated in the annual Save The Bay event.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 21, 2000

The sounds of the Platters, Bill Haley and the Comets, and Dion and the Belmonts will join the throaty roar of big V-8 engines as the Seaside Family Cruise Car Show steers into Ft. Getty this Sunday.

Prior to tonight’s School Committee meeting, the panel will honor Dureen Bryer, the school’s recently retired business manager. At an appreciation ceremony, Bryer will receive proclamations from the town and the governor’s offi ce, and a plaque from the School Committee for her 30 years of service to the Jamestown School.

Starting next Wednesday, Sept. 27, commuters who travel across the Claiborne Pell Bridge should allow some extra travel time to compensate for lane closings that are necessary to replace some bridge decking.

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