2011-06-02 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 2
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, June 2, 1911

The travel on the ferries Tuesday was the best of the season. A large number of automobile parties crossed between Saunderstown and Newport and many of the islanders visited Newport to see the parade. The threatening weather probably kept a number at home.

The dance given Tuesday evening in the Gardner House hall by the Peckham orchestra, which also furnished the music, was an enjoyable affair. There was a good attendance, several coming from Fort Greble and Saunderstown.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1936

Jamestown’s streets were thronged with spectators Saturday morning to witness the Memorial Day parade, with Brigadier General James T. Buttrick, U.S.M.C., as marshal. Units were formed at the entrance to Shoreby Hill, where services for comrades who died at sea were held and flowers were strewn on the bay. The Rogers High School band, the firing squad from Fort Adams, and the Jamestown Legion Corps took part in the parade. The uniforms of the different organizations and massed colors were an impressive sight. Andrew Williams, Jamestown’s only surviving Civil War veteran, rode in an automobile.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, the Rev. V. W. Tuxbury gave the memorial address.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1961

Denise Fuller was crowned queen of the annual May Day festival. A program of songs and dances of children around the world was presented by the children of the kindergarten and grades one through three.

The Jamestown Town Council has announced that “Clean Up Week” will start June 5 and continue through June 10. Town trucks will pick up rubbish, if left on the sidewalk on the following schedule [which was detailed by date and street].

From the Newport Daily

News, June 3, 1961

The Jamestown Softball League opens its campaign tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock when the Misfits meet the Narragansett’s on the Recreation Field in the first game of a doubleheader. The Gents clash with Doty’s in the second game at 12:15.

The Jamestown Little League will open tomorrow afternoon with a parade from the Recreation Center and a doubleheader at the Holy Ghost Society Field.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily

News, June 3, 1986

The cross-island bridge connector road will be completed when the new Jamestown Bridge opens, state officials assured town councilmen Monday. In a wide-ranging question-andanswer format, state officials and the design consultants for the project fielded questions and concerns from councilmen for more than two hours. The session was a briefing for councilmen, before the June 26 public hearing on the road’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 31, 1996

The former Shoreby Hill Casino on Conanicus Avenue may have resembled a crime scene Tuesday evening, but the Newport police cars were only movie props. The Casino served as a setting for one scene in the low budget film “Code of Ethics” being shot in Rhode Island this month.

(Photo caption) Don Richardson, a member of Jamestown’s VFW Post, was among the many veterans who marched in the annual Memorial Day parade Monday. Fair weather greeted the parade goers who lined Narragansett Avenue and East Ferry.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 31, 2001

The Town Council Monday night created two new committees – a Town Charter Review Committee and a Town Buildings and Facilities Committee – but the actual duties of those committees will not be established until after a public workshop on June 18.

To celebrate National Trails Day 2001, the new Kit Wright Nature Trail, located in the Fort Getty recreation area, will be dedicated Saturday morning, June 2, at 10 a.m.

The portable trailer parked at Town Hall is the newest of Jamestown’s town office building, and it will be positioned there – to house permanent records – until a new town office facility is built.

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