2010-11-11 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 10
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 12, 2010

Little interest was manifested in Tuesday’s election here, only a decided effort of a few workers bringing out 171 of the 247 qualified voters. The polls were kept open until 7 o’clock, an hour later than usual, and this helped swell the vote, nearly 30 depositing their ballots in the last hour. The results showed 126 straight ballots, 162 Republicans, 20 Democrats and 3 Prohibidiory (sic). The town went for no license by a majority of 80, 20 more than last year

The local fishermen are making fair catches of cod, while those fishing inside the bay are securing plenty of tautog. The price obtained, however, is very low.

One thousand small trout were liberated in the brooks and ponds on the island Friday. The fish come from the state hatchery and are the first to be sent to the island. One or two of the streams already have a few native trout, and the addition of fresh stock should make for good fishing in a few years.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 9, 1935

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Mitchell left Friday for St. Petersburg, Florida, where they will spend the winter. During the their absence, Mrs. Edward Conant will be in charge of their store.

All veterans are invited to by Jamestown Post, American Legion, to participate in the parade and church service Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. Service uniforms and decorations will be worn, if available.

From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1935

The Armistice ball sponsored by the American Legion at the grange hall Saturday evening was well attended.

The former Jamestown golf course adjoining Shoreby Hill was sold Saturday afternoon to Fred Hamilton Clarke of Brookline, Mass., formerly of Jamestown. Mr. Clarke submitted a bid of $14,000, raising the bid of Mrs. Andrew Jones, $4,000.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 9, 1960

The Newport Bay Bridge referendum item was defeated 3-2 by Rhode Island’s voters yesterday, but backers of the span haven’t given up the ghost.

(In the vote for president in Jamestown 608 voted for Kennedy and 580 for Nixon.)

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1985

Veterans Day ceremonies were celebrated Monday morning at Veteran’s Park, Members of the Arnold-Zweir American Legion Post, Jamestown Memorial Post Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Auxiliary and Newport Disabled Veterans took part.

From the Newport Daily News, November 13, 1985

Developers presented a $3.4 million renovation plan for the Bay Voyage Inn to the Town Council Tuesday night. Calling the Conanicus Avenue structure “a landmark building,” developers told councilmen they wanted to “rejuvenate it into one of the finest (hotels) on the East Coast.” The plan calls for 32 tworoom suites, with about 400 square feet of floor space. Some of the rooms would be sold on a time-share basis. … Two small unconnected buildings to the north of the Bay Voyage would be torn down and developers would extend the main building.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 9, 1995

Jamestown Library Director Judith H. Bell was named “Librarian of the Year” by the Rhode Island Library Association.

A final public hearing on proposed amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance will be held at the end of the month. State law requires the town to change its zoning ordinance so that it conforms with the state-mandated Comprehensive Plan.

You will get plenty to eat Monday, Nov. 13, when 12 island food establishments host the first “taste of Jamestown.”

Despite reports that heavier than normal rainfall over the last two months have ended the year’s drought in Southern New England, the island’s North Pond reservoir is still only at about one-third full.

A survey of Jamestown Village Association members who represent a variety of downtown commercial enterprises indicates a healthy local economy in June, July and August.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 9, 2000

Right now it looks like a big hole, but to Vinny Vessella, it’s more like a dream came true. More than five years after the Jamestown Ambulance Association received a grant to build a much-needed addition, that addition is finally within reach. … The plans for the new addition, which will be constructed at the rear of the existing structure, will call for a 24- by 41-foot meeting space with a kitchen and a private office.

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