2010-11-04 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 4
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, November 5, 1910

The younger members of the King’s Daughters and Sons gave a Halloween supper at the Allen cottage Monday evening. The attendance was unusually large. … After the supper contests and games appropriate for the occasion helped make the evening pleasurable.

The ladies sewing circle of the Chapel of the Transfiguration gave a Halloween social at the guild hall, between 40 and 50 being present. The hall was decorated with jack o’ lanterns and games were played until 9, after which refreshments were served. The floor was then cleared and the remainder of the evening was spent in dancing.

Amateur fishermen in large numbers visited Beavertail and the Dumplings Sunday, the early birds from Newport coming well filled with automobiles and carriages packed with parties. Even the inexperienced caught fish, while the experts came back with big hauls.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 1, 1935

The teachers at the Thomas H. Clarke School sponsored a Halloween party at the school Thursday evening for the pupils, 135 children being present. There were many attractive costumes. … Games were enjoyed and prizes awarded, after which refreshments were served.

From the Newport Daily News, November 2, 1935

For the purpose of making funds available for WPA projects approved by the federal government for Jamestown, a recessed town financial meeting was held in Jamestown at one o’clock this afternoon. … About $3,000 is needed from the town as its contribution to projects in which the federal government will bear most of the cost under WPA.

From the Newport Daily News, November 5, 1935

Sixty-eight hunting licenses have been granted by the town clerk since January 1. Those who have been hunting pheasants for the past few days report little success.

From the Newport Daily News, November 6, 1935

The children’s dancing class at the Carr School was well attended. A class in tap dancing for the high school pupils will be held next Tuesday afternoon at 4:30.

A wire fence has been placed at the east end of the fire station grounds, where several trees were removed, and shrubbery is to be planted inside the fence in the near future.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 1, 1960

The Commerce Oil Refining Corp. has challenged the right of Jamestown anti-refinery spokesmen to ask the United States Supreme Court for a review of lower-court decisions in the long struggle.

The union to which the Jamestown Ferry employees belong has registered opposition to the proposed Newport Bay Bridge.

Claiborne Pell of Newport, Democratic candidate for United States senator, last night backed the proposed Newport Bay Bridge and opposed the location of an oil refinery in Jamestown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 5, 1985

Town officials agreed this morning to investigate the feasibility of letting police retire at 60 percent of their pay after 25 years of service. Police have asked the town to assume administrative control over their financially-troubled pension, which is presently run by John Hancock.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 2, 1995

The weather was perfect Sunday for the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jog to benefit the renovation of the Community Center. This year’s race attracted 326 registered runners and walkers. This year’s race attracted 326 registered runners and walkers.

A lawsuit against the town claiming more than $5.5 million in damages is scheduled to go to trial in Newport Superior Court early this January. Filed by the Jamestown Land Company seven years ago, the suit contends that the town should pay the company $3,375,000 because that is the amount it could have made if the town allowed it to turn two parcels of land just south of the town’s former landfill into a subdivision containing 27 house lots that would be outside of the municipal district.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 2, 2000

The Harbor Management Commission presented two plans to the Town Council last Thursday night during the second public workshop on proposed changes to the Harbor Management Ordinance. Both plans … would place the number of moorings permitted not on property owners but on the property itself.

One of the most popular parts of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jog is the awarding of prizes to runners who not only proved their athletic skills, but to those who got out the spirit of the holiday by dressing in costume.

The Friends of the Jamestown Community Center were again overwhelmed by yet another act of local benevolence when local artist Kay Worden last week donated a bronze statue for installation at the site upon the project’s completion.

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