2011-09-01 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of September 1
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, Sept. 1, 1911

The annual afternoon of water sports under the management of the Conanicut Yacht Club took place Thursday off the yacht club pier, and as usual called together a fair assemblage of people and boats. The high and fancy diving and the swimming were excellent and the tub races by the young women afforded a great deal of sport, to the participants and the spectators.

The third annual dance to be given by the Athletic Association was held Thursday evening in the Gardener House hall. The attendance was large and Peckham’s orchestra furnished the music.

Already arrangements are being made for the building of a number of cottages and bungalows for occupancy next season.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 2, 1936

A large number attended the Jamestown fire department ball, held Tuesday evening at the Beavertail Country Club. At 10 o’clock a grand march was formed led by Chief Jesse C. Tefft and Miss Virginia Newbold.

Ferry passes (for students attending high school in Newport) will be issued by Superintendent Bradley at the office at the Thomas H. Clarke school today, Thursday and Friday and also next Tuesday.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 4, 1936

Special ferry service by government launches will run between Jamestown and the Naval Training Station dock tonight at half hour intervals between 9:45 p.m. and 2:15 a.m. for those desiring to attend the Navy Relief Ball.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 1, 1961

Ferryboat Newport broke down off Rose Island on its 7:45 a.m. run from Jamestown today when a chain between the main engine and the valve gear let go. The boat was towed to the Newport landing on Market Square to discharge its passengers and autos. Then it was towed to Jamestown for repairs, started at 10:40 a.m. The expectation was it would be back in service sometime this afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 2, 1961

The Jamestown Soft Ball League last night reported that $410 collected from the proceeds of a recent soft ball double header for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 2, 1986

Sponsorship donations from the participants in Save the Bay’s 10th Annual Swim the Bay, held Aug. 2, ended with a grand total of $10,535.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 29, 1996

For one day a year, youngsters, elders, and everyone in between, abandon all sensible rules of society and act like fools, with only two goals in mind: crossing the finish line and having fun. This past Saturday was the day. The event was the 19th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta. … Forty-eight crafts and over 200 people were part of the competition.

(Chopmist Charlie’s doors open today at 5 p.m. on Narragansett Avenue.)

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 30, 2001

The Town Council is considering toughening up the town’s noise ordinance. According to the current ordinance, “It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others, within the town.”

The newly formed Buildings and Facilities Committee met for the first time last week to set a meeting schedule and determine how to approach Jamestown’s needs for a new highway facility and a new town office building.

Human bumblebees and bubblewrap bikinis? The 24th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta was the traditional mix of lunacy and nautical adventures. With a hazy sky and warm temperatures, a record 74 boats from around the world lined up at East Ferry.

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