2011-06-23 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 23
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 23, 1911

Mr. G.D. Anthony is building a large garage on the northerly side of Narragansett avenue, near the East Ferry, for Mr. Ferdinand Armbrust.

The palms and potted plants on the lawn at the Smith cottage on Narragansett avenue attract much attention.

Lobster Commissioners Lots and Harrington visited John Marshall’s fish house on the west shore Friday and caught him with 18 lobsters under the legal length. He was taken to Newport Friday afternoon to answer to the charge.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 24, 1936

The Beavertail Golf and Country club will open Thursday for the season. Mrs. Bongartz, who was the managing hostess last year, will be with the club this year, and arrived Tuesday with a retinue of servants. The new grill also will be open. Bob Bennett’s orchestra of Philadelphia will play this season, and James R. Masterson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Masterson of Clinton avenue, has been engaged as clerk. The tennis courts are in fine condition and are being well patronized. The number of season registrants far outnumber those of last season, at this time.

From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1936

Invitations have been issued to Jamestown graduates of colleges, high schools and grammar school, to attend the dance sponsored by Conanicut Grange at the grange hall Friday.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1961

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night awarded a contract for painting a section of the bridge to General Painting and Maintenance Corp. of Quincy, Mass., who submitted the lowest bid of $7,483. The bid for 400 gallons of finish aluminum went to Joseph Dixon Crucible Co. of Jersey City, N.J. at $2.75 a gallon. It was voted to offer the Jamestown Shores developers the same passage rate as last year, which is 22 cents per passage. A request by the Shores for a 20 cent rate was denied. Harold E. Shippee, commissioner, volunteered his services during the Newport Music Festival, in case of emergency, to be at the bridge to identify persons residing in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1961

Field Day for grades 7 and 8 was held Monday at the Jamestown School, under the direction of Frederick A. Caswell, seventh grade teacher.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 19, 1986

If the compromise state budget is passed without further revision the state will transfer its dilapidated highway garage on Narragansett Avenue to the town. The process ends lengthy negotiations between state and local officials for the transfer of the garage. (It was expected that the town may tear down the garage, putting in additional parking for the downtown district.)

From the Newport Daily News, June 24, 1986

The Town Council accepted new regulations Monday that would break the town into two water districts, each with its own set of rules. The regulations, which will be voted on July 21, would break the town into urban and rural water districts.

The (Town) Council took the first step Monday toward closing two section of Maple Avenue to traffic. The action came as a result of a petition from 28 residents of the area near Sheffield Cove.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 20, 1996

Town officials are asking residents on the municipal water system to voluntarily conserve water. Town Administra- tor Frances Shockett told the Town Council, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners Monday night, that North Pond reservoir was now eight inches below peak capacity and that water use was up 12.7 percent over last year.

The Jamestown fireworks display is closer to reality as many community members and organizations have donated to the fund. (The total raised so far was $1,365.)

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 21, 2001

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners Monday night, the Town Council approved two requests for expanded water use, one for Central Baptist Church, the other for the Slice of Heaven bakery and restaurant.

Forty-seven islanders received diplomas at the June 15 North Kingstown High School commencement ceremonies, the final event to be held at the old high school.

The Jamestown School graduated 71 students from the eighth grade in ceremonies held Thursday, June 14, in the Lawn Avenue School’s courtyard.

The United States Census Bureau recently released information on the demographic make up of Jamestown. The island’s total population is 5,622 (51.4 percent are female and 48.6 percent are male). The median age of islanders is 44.2 years, and the largest island population – 1,233 people – are between 45 to 54 years old. There are 1,322 children under 19 years and 73 islanders who listed an age above 85. Islanders live in 2,359 households.

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