2011-09-15 / Editorial

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of September 15

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. 15, 1911

The papers forming the corporation for the new casino for Jamestown were filed Saturday. Already 25 subscribers have been secured and it is hoped that with an additional 25 or more the new management will become popular enough to assure its success. Previous attempts to have a casino have failed, it is thought by the controlling policy being confined to one individual.

Wild grapes are plentiful on the island this fall and daily parties from this town and from Newport visit the swamps at the north end and return laden with the fruit.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 17, 1936

Executives of the Berkshire Fine Spinning Association, Inc., representing mills at Albon, Anthony, Adams and Fall River, and Brattleboro, Vt., held a two-day business conference at the Bay Voyage this week.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 11, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council was told last night of the appeal it authorized to the state Supreme Court protesting the water rate increase granted by the Public Utilities Division to the Jamestown Water Company. The increase is 21 percent, or $12,000 annually. Harold E. Shippee, superintendent of parks and beaches, reported an increase of over $300 in beach revenue this summer over last year’s returns. The total this year from Fort Getty and Mackerel Cove was $2,919.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 12, 1986

Photo caption: Jennifer Parker will begin her duties Monday as planner for Jamestown and Block Island. (The pilot program was developed by R.I. Department of Environmen- tal Management, which will share cost with the two islands.)

From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 16, 1986

Town officials have issued strong objections to two requests to install wells within the prescribed 100 feet from a septic system. Both requests involve locating a private well within 100 feet of a septic system. One application would have the well within 80 feet of three different septic systems.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 12, 1996

Walnut Street residents won a small victory Monday night when the Town Council agreed to pave only a 200-foot slope on their road.

Jamestown’s sewage treatment plant received ratings ranging from “Excellent” to “Not so Bad” in Save the Bay’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly report on performance of wastewater treatment plants that release effluent into the watershed of Narragansett Bay.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 13, 2001

More than usual on a beautiful fall morning, Jamestown was eerily quiet Tuesday as residents learned of terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The newly formed Charter Review Committee charted its proposed course at a Sept. 5 meeting, concluding that one major order of business will be to ask the public what they might change, if anything, about the Town Charter.

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