2011-05-12 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 12
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, May 12, 1911

The members of the P. H. Society were out Thursday evening on a short straw ride. The ride terminated at the home of Mrs. W. P. Champlin, one of the members, where refreshments were served and an enjoyable time was had.

The council held a special meeting Saturday to receive bids on the Grinnell avenue sewer. The contract was awarded to Mr. L. Eugene Peckham at $240.

The Fort Greble-Saunderstown ferry has made a change in its timetable. While the boats run less frequently the connections to and from Newport are much improved.

A large number came from Newport Sunday afternoon to be present at the colored mission on Cole Street.

Ferdinand Armbrust has bought from the Greene heirs a lot of land with 50 feet frontage on Narragansett avenue, next adjoining the Bullard estate. Work has already begun for the clearing of the land for the erection of a garage, 42 by 70 feet.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1936

[At the annual meeting of the Jamestown Fire Department] a motion to remove the fire whistle from the old fire station to the new station was lost by a vote of 23-7.

From the Newport Daily News, May 13, 1936

The dancing classes held during the winter and spring, sponsored by the Parent Teachers’ Association, closed Tuesday with a reception to parents and friends at the Carr School.

From the Newport Daily News, May 16, 1936

The Boy Scout troop held a ball game Friday evening, both teams being scout members.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1961

Jamestown taxpayers adopted a budget of $465,285 in an annual financial meeting that lasted until 12:25 a.m. today. It is $47,579 in excess of the $417,706 budget of last year. Indications are that the current tax rate of $16.50, one of the state’s lowest, will be raised, but the amount awaits further study by town officials.

From the Newport Daily News, May 11, 1961

The Café Bowling League of Jamestown held its banquet in North Kingstown, Tuesday night, with top awards going to the Elbow Benders. The Steiners received second honors.

From the Newport Daily News, May 13, 1961

Migrations involving thousands of many species [of birds] have been heavy in the last week, bringing into this area specimens not usually seen. Among birds spotted are 16 species of warblers, including the throated green, parula, chestnut-sided, prairie, yellow-throated, magnolia, Kentucky, and Nashville warblers. Three snowy egrets were reported, also the green and crowned night herons, the black-bellied plover, least sandpiper, terns.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 13, 1986

The Town Hall staff will ask the [Town] Council tonight to institute a smoking ban at the Narragansett Avenue building. The Council instituted a smoking ban in all town buildings.

The Town Council will not allow a triathlon in Jamestown in July unless organizers can satisfy safety concerns expressed by the police chief.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 9, 1996

Did you know there is a new organization in town? Fifteen enterprising Jamestowners are forming the Jamestown Ecumenical Youth Organization. The goal is to start a group for kids of junior high age by September or October.

(Photo caption) Bingo and pizza provided the evening’s entertainment during Family Night, held recently in conjunction with the second annual TV Turn-Off Week.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 10, 2001

A noble project supported by several state and local agencies sowed its first seeds last Friday on the fertile soil of Jamestown’s Ceppi Farm. The Rhode Island Community Farm’s goal is to grow 10,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to help feed thousands of hungry people who visit the state’s food banks and soup kitchens each month.

The Friends of the Conanicut Battery will try once again to gain control of the brush that is growing on the earthworks in their continuing effort to expose the Revolutionary War-era fort and include it as part of the a public park.

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