2011-08-04 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 4
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, Aug. 4, 1911

The Jamestown Golf and Country Club has issued its schedule of golf tournaments for the season, which is already well underway and gives promise of being the most successful in the history of the club. The number playing over the picturesque links is larger than ever before.

The roads commissioners have issued an order forbidding the placing of ashes on the dirt roads. Many of the roads in the past have been made passable only by the cinders placed on them by the abutters. Now that the ashes cannot be spread upon the streets, they will accumulate in unsightly heaps in back yards and cellars, as no means is provided for their disposal except for householders to have them carted to the dump, more than two miles up the island.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 3, 1936

There was the usual large attendance at the Saturday dance at the Beavertail Country Club.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 6, 1936

Much interest was shown in the Ladies’ club championship at the Beavertail golf tournament at the Beavertail Golf Club Tuesday and Wednesday when the first match was played

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 1, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council last night passed a resolution urging the United States Public Health Service to erect a shellfi sh laboratory in Jamestown. Council members, officers, employees, and residents of Jamestown are being asked to unite to influence the building of the shellfish laboratory in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 5, 1961

Billy Gardner’s pitching and Jim Gallagher’s hitting paced the Tigers to a 9-3 victory over the White Sox in last night’s Jamestown Little League.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 1, 1986

One hundred swimmers have registered for Saturday’s 10th annual Save the Bay, a 2.5-mile crossing of Narragansett Bay from Newport to Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 5, 1986

New Visions administrators told the [Jamestown Town] Council that three Jamestown residents make use of the agency’s health center in Newport, 115 Jamestowners participated in energy programs, 125 Jamestown youngsters were enrolled in Project Head Start and substance abuse prevention programs, and 95 to 110 Jamestown families make use of the agency’s other social services. (In the early 1970s New Visions was instrumental in providing a meal program to Jamestown senior citizens. The 22-year old program was a product of President Lyndon Johnson’s “war on poverty.”)

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 6, 1986

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined three companies working on the new Jamestown Bridge for on-site safety violations.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 1, 1996

(Photo caption) The Jamestown Striper Club’s annual fishing derby at North Pond reservoir Saturday was held under beautiful skies. It didn’t mater if it was a sunfish, a perch, or a bass, it was nice to see everyone having so much fun, and since the derby was catch-and-release, it teaches kids good conservation practices, so the fish will be there the next time they want to go fishing.

Seven Jamestowners participated in Save the Bay’s twentieth Narragansett Bay swim this past Saturday. Over 160 people participated in the 1.7-mile event, which began in Newport and concluded here in Potter’s Cove.

The Island Moving Company, a Newport dance company with many island members, held its first Jamestown performance this past Saturday evening. (The event, held at Horsehead, was attended by 300 people.)

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 2, 2001

There are two chicks in the osprey nest at Great Creek, according to Chris Powell. [He] said this year is the first since the “early 1960s” that there have been young osprey at the salt marsh.

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