2011-07-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 21
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, July 21, 1911

With practically all the cottages full and a large number at all the hotels, Jamestown is having a good season with the prospects of an unusually lively August.

The large tent on the government reservation at the south ferry, in which Mr. Davis of Narragansett Pier is working on his dirigible balloon Zodiac, attracts much attention from the passengers on the west ferry.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 22, 1936

[At the town council meeting] it was voted that the salary of the superintendent of PWA projects be $61 per month. Upon recommendation of Chief of Police Chester J. Greene that the request of the trustees of the Central Baptist Church to rope off Southwest avenue as is necessary to protect passersby by during the removal of the church steeple, be granted.

From the Newport Daily News, July 27, 1936

The girls at the Y.W.C.A. Seaside Camp at Conanicut Park closed a week if activities in camp life and customs. One group made a tour of Newport. Another group went on a boat ride around the island and a third group stayed at camp and enjoyed water sports. A costume party featured many clever and amusing costumes and prizes were awarded. A hike to Jamestown and supper on the beach was held. The campfire program was built around the legends of the stars which were told by several campers.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 17, 1961

Arthur J. Myers of 11 Pell St. today lost his $8,242-a-year job as chief of the Jamestown Ferry Division when the state abolished it as an economy move. He has been ferry chief for two years. John F. Boone of Jamestown, operations manager who has been with the ferry for years, will have the responsibility for the ferry operation. He was in charge prior to creation of the new division. The state Public Works Department, which operates the ferry as a state agency, said Myers was dropped as a result of personnel studies.

Camp Seaside, the YWCA camp in Jamestown, will sponsor a carnival July 22 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the camp, which will be open to the public. The attractions will include a fortune teller, fun house, archery, bowling, miniature golf and a snack bar. From the Newport Daily News,

July 19, 1961

Billy Gardner hurled a no-hitter, the first in Jamestown Little League history, as the Tigers whipped the Yankees 22-1 last night. Gardner (6-0) fanned 11 batters and walked only 4. From the Newport Daily News,

July 20, 1961

Construction of the new stationery Brenton Reef Light is now underway and the project is expected to be completed in late October. From the Newport Daily News,

July 22, 1961

Traffic on the Jamestown Bridge during the Music in Newport festival this year was higher by 771 cars than in the same period last year.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 18, 1986

(From an advertisement) Summer Music in Jamestown. R.I. Youth Stage Band. Shorby (sic) Hills (sic) Green. Sunday July 20 at 7 p.m. Free Admission. Bring your chair or blanket. From the Newport Daily News,

July 22, 1986

The Town Council, acting as Water and sewer Commissioners Monday night, set down new regulations which break the town into urban and rural water districts.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 18, 1996

Jamestown was spared Bertha’s full wrath this past weekend when she passed through as a tropical storm rather than a full-fledged hurricane.

Restrictions limiting residents’ outdoor water use to odd or even calendar days are still in effect, despite what seemed like heavy rains from tropical storm Bertha.

(Photo caption) This dilapidated shed was put on public view on the Country Club Golf Course last week to protect a pump that will be used with the new irrigation pond. Neighbors reported it was moved from Ft. Wetherill on a trailer. Eight town employees were seen working on the project, aided by a dump truck and other heavy equipment. The building was reported to be a 50-year-old guard shack, but some observers saw it now as an outhouse and proceeded to decorate it as same. Comments from neighbors ranged from “it is so hideous,” to “It’s definitely an embarrassment to the town.”

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 19, 2001

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday got an update on the infiltration/inflow study now underway that is the first step in the $5.5 million rehabilitation of the sewage treatment plant Taylor Point.

Even though final registrations have not been tallied, it looks as though this weekend’s Save the Bay Swim will hit the largest number of swimmers ever in its 25-year history. (Over 300 swimmers had submitted their registration materials; the previous year had 253 swimmers.)

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