2011-09-08 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of September 8
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. 8, 1911

Arrangement have been completed for the play and concert to be given for the purpose of raising money for a new public drinking fountain to be put up by the Improvement Society, and the attendance bids fair to pack the hall to its full capacity.

With the appearance of the sun Friday morning things about the island grew lively again. That only a few of the summer guests had left soon became evident. The rainy weather has caused vegetation to put on a fresh green coloring, and it is doubtful if the island ever looked so well as this time of the year.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 8, 1936

The last dance of the season was held at the Beaver Tail (sic) country club Saturday evening, a large number of the summer colony attending. Mrs. Alfred Weeden sang several solos, and a number of Miss Gladding’s pupils of Newport entertained with dancing. The Bob Bennett orchestra, which has played at the club during the summer, left Sunday for Philadelphia.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 9, 1936

The [Jamestown Garden Club] committee on caterpillar extinction reported that 30 hours of work have been done in removal of web nests and gave plans for interesting both children and adults in an effort to remove the webs this autumn and if necessary in the spring. Prizes will again be offered.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 10, 1936

Total elementary enrollment, 302. (The Carr school enrollment is 170; Thomas H. Clarke school, 132.)

Samuel W. Smith Jr., of Jamestown has taken up his duties as landscape engineer in the state division of roads and bridges.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 5, 1961

Scott Jones and Judy Zenie walked off with top honors in Jamestown’s annual Mackerel Cove Labor Day swimming meet, scoring the most points among the boys and girls to gain the trophies.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 6, 1961

The right of 17 Jamestown residents to sue the Commerce Oil Corp. for $100,000 each was upheld today by Judge Edward A. Day in U.S. District Court in Providence.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 7, 1961

French will be taught after regular school hours at the Jamestown School by John E. Merker, instructor. Only children of grades 3, 4 and 5 are included.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 5, 1986

The state may have to provide residents near the new Route 138 cross-island road with outside drinking water during construction of a storm water drainage tunnel.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 8, 1986

(Photo caption) Renovations continue on historic Bay View Inn in Jamestown.

(Photo caption) Carpenter Jim Kennedy puts on cedar shingles.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 6, 1996

Hurricane Edouard turned out to be not much more than a Northeaster, and while it ruined the Labor Day weekend, town officials this week had little damage to report. Harbormaster Sam Paterson said that a 35-foot sailboat off a private mooring went aground just north of Green’s Pier in the East Passage. Four boats went aground in the West Passage, including two sailboats in the 30-foot range and two powerboats.

One of Jamestown’s rare jewels will be polished this weekend when volunteers clean and repair the medical supplies storage closet this Saturday and Sunday. Town officials allocated $1,500 from the capital budget for repair to the building.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 6, 2001

Of the more than 2,000 homes on the island only seven of them are set aside for low income islanders. Rhode Island Housing community profile of the island last year said that 1.182 island families fall within the limits set for low and moderate income households and that the fair market rent for a typical two-bedroom apartment is $632 a month.

On Monday, the Town Council will be presented with a petition asking that the fire department’s alarm horn be silenced.

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