This Week In Island History
Compiled by Sue Maden
Week of September 22
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. 22, 1911 The double service of the ferries was discontinued Wednesday, the boats going on an hourly schedule. The Western Union and Postal Telegraph offices have closed for the season. [A runaway horse] caused some excitement by straying on the property of Mr. F.R. Hull and falling down an unused well. The animal was pulled out without injury but the well will need a new covering to make it safe.
75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 21, 1936 It was voted [at the Town Council meeting] that the communication from Daniel A. Newhall, requesting the loan of the fire hose reel, which he will purchase, as additional fire protection to his property, the “Round House,” at the Dumplings, was granted. From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 22, 1936 Mr. [Peyton R.] Hazard read a paper [at the Jamestown Historical Society meeting] on “Fifty years ago in Jamestown.” He spoke of the sailing and fishing vessels in the harbor in those days, the summer families on the Dumplings, and the summer sports. From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 24, 1936 The new tuition rate for Jamestown students at Rogers was announced as $133.02, which is $7.64 less than last year, and somewhat under the $135 rate set two years ago. The high school enrollment of pupils from Jamestown totals 88. 50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 20, 1961 Jamestown has taken precautions against Hurricane Es-
ther should it strike this area. The family at Beavertail Light, which includes seven children, will leave before dark tonight as the Navy placed the area on Condition 2, requiring such action. From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 21, 1961 The cessation of ferry service as a hurricane precaution cut Jamestown from Newport today but little damage was reported within the town. Jamestown School was closed, as were others in the state. Town Hall offices were closed excepting that of the highway department, which was ready for emergency. 25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 18, 1986 The long-stalled Bay View condominium project finally got on track Wednesday when developers filed an application for a building permit. The project has been on hold for almost a year while developers have been attempting to solicit buyers for the 35 luxury condominiums. From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 19, 1986 A drive to raise money for new lights in the Jamestown School gymnasium has not found easy sledding on the fundraising road. While working on the project since April, the Jamestown Gym Improvement Committee has barely reached half the expected cost of badly-needed lights for the gym. From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 20, 1986 The former ferryboat Newport has become “The Pride of Portland’s Waterfront.” The ferryboat is one of the largest floating restaurants in the United States. It can seat 800 guests. 15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 19, 1996 Jamestown so far is free of mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis and no pesticides have been sprayed on the island. “A Critical Time,” a 15-minute film about volunteers and mentors helping women in prison to make the transition back into society, will be screened at the Jamestown library tonight at 7:30. The film was made by Jamestown residents Robin Costello, a newscaster for ABC6 and her husband Albert Gamble, a cameraman for WJAR TV10. Jamestown students scored above the state average in every measure of academic performance in the recently released 1995 statewide school district profiles and student performance records. 10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 20, 2001 The Town Council heard representatives from the Department of Transportation Monday give a presentation to the proposed bike path the state plans to build across the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge and into Jamestown. A desire to come together, to help, and to pray has infused islanders in the days since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack that rocked New York City and Washington, D.C. The island’s churches were packed to the rafters last weekend. The Jamestown Ambulance Association, who planned their well-timed Sept. 12 blood drive a few months ago, said they were “overwhelmed” by the turnout that kept the professionals busy well beyond the allotted time. (Ninety-five pints of blood were taken, more than twice the average of around 45 pints.)