2010-10-14 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 14
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, Oct. 15, 1910

The largest number of fishing parties from Newport of the fall season visited the rocks at Beavertail and the Dumplings Sunday. Conditions were not good, however, for the fish to bite well and only a few made large catches.

A lot of land, with building, on the easterly side of Clinton Avenue, was sold at a mortgagee’s sale Monday, the Savings Bank of Newport securing the property for $500.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 19, 1935

The following program was given by the students of the Thomas H. Clarke School Friday afternoon. Play — “The Prickly Prince, “announcer, Margaret Phillips. Characters: King Curly, Thomas Sheehan; Queen Fighty, Mary Dutra; Prince Petty John, Albert Hull; Ned, Bayne Peckham; Nellie, Anita Cassese; Miss Nagg, Evelyn Moll; Book Friends: Robin Hood, Robert Piper; Hans Brinker, William Bridge; Jo March, Mildred Kirchner; Rebecca, Annie Furtado; Tom Sawyer, Charlie Carr; Cinderella, Gladys Caswell; Peter Pan, Richard Cabral.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 11, 1960

(At the Town Council meeting) the council agreed to forward to the Army Engineers a letter from the town attorney recommending the relocation off the Jamestown Shore of a proposed naval explosive anchorage 5,000 feet north of the location now planned.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 14, 1960

Full support of the proposed $35,000,000 Newport Bay Bridge was pledged in the platform adopted by the Democratic state convention in Providence last night.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 11, 1985

Most of the seasonal campers at Fort Getty have filed a petition charging town parks and recreation officials with “neglect” and “arrogance” in their handling of the campgrounds this year. The petition, dated Sept. 23, was signed by 39 seasonal campers, some of whom have been using the campground for more than 10 years. Sixty-five of the 100 campsites are relegated to seasonal campers.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 15, 1985

(photo caption) Participants in Monday’s 10th annual Round The Island Bike Race in Jamestown, leave starting blocks on Conanicus Avenue…About 80 riders took part.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 16, 1985

About 20 Jamestowners voted (at a special financial town meeting) unanimously an approved diversion of $14,000 to upgrade the police department radio system.

The Town Council directed Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton Jr. Tuesday to investigate a list of complaints submitted by seasonal campers at Fort Getty. ($105,000 of the Parks and Recreation Department’s $117,000 budget comes directly from Fort Getty fees.)

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 13, 1995

It was a perfect fall day Monday for the 20th running of the Jamestown Rotary Club’s annual Round-The-Island Bike Race. The Columbus Day event attracted more than 80 riders, while 76 finished the 18-mile circuit of Conanicut Island.

The happy sounds of children laughing and playing can now be heard at 87 N. Main Rd with this week’s opening of the Jamestown Early Learning Center.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 12, 2000

The last time the town’s Highway Barn Committee was heard from was July 1999. That’s when committee members presented their facility recommendations to the then new Town Council. Now, more than a year later, the panel will reconvene tonight to again discuss the issue of a new public works site for the town. The last recommendations…were twofold: to build a facility located in the north end, at a site adjoining the transfer station, and to build an 11-bay, 13,765-square foot facility that would be about 3,000 square feet larger than the present site at Ft. Wetherill.

The Victorian house at 78 Narragansett Ave. is no longer being considered by the U.S. Postal Service as a possible location for a new Jamestown post office.

Cold winds and chattering teeth didn’t stop the 210 local participants in the 25th annual Bank of Newport ‘Round the Island Bike Race this past weekend. The event was highlighted for the first time with the APC Jamestown Classic, attracting 129 top cyclists from around the country.

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