2011-09-29 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of September 29

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. 29, 1911

[At the town council meeting] a reward of $200 was offered for the arrest and conviction of any person or persons stealing poultry or other property in the town.

The schoolboys are practicing football, having organized a team with Joseph Drury as captain and Harry Clarke as manager.

The clubhouse of the Golf Club closed Tuesday and the caddy shack will close for the season Saturday. The Conanicut Yacht Clubhouse will also close Saturday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 25, 1936

Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., Dr. Conner will be at the Carr school to Schick test all the babies and children who were immunized against diphtheria in May. The doctor will return October 2 to read these tests, and to give treatment to a new group. Nearly all parents here have taken advantage of the privilege of having their children protected against diphtheria.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 26, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council last night extended its welcome to President and Mrs. Kennedy and their family, and wished them a pleasant vacation during their visit to Newport County. [At the suggestion of Town Council President Donald J. Dupre] a letter will be directed to Edward F. Morinho, civil defense director, concerning fallout shelters. Dupre urged that some effort should be made in seeking suitable shelters, in view of the national crisis. Fort Wetherill and Fort Getty were named as possible sites and Dupre urged that “this matter should be looked into in the near future.”

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 23, 1986

Sometime after the Newport Bridge was opened to traffic (1969) and brought an end to the oldest regular daily ferry service in America, the ferryboat Newport was sold to Pawtucket. There she was docked for several years and in sight of I-95. Her new role was to house a Youth Center Art Colony. [By spring 1975 it was on the Providence waterfront. It had been converted to three apartments. A year or so later it was in Cranston. In April 1977 she broke loose and went aground in the Providence River. It was purchased in 1977 by the Setauket Yacht Club. In April 1980 it was purchased by DeMillo and it was converted to a floating restaurant in Portland, Maine.]

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 26, 1996

Students at the Jamestown School may be learning foreign languages in the future. At last Thursday’s School Committee meeting, a group of four educators made a lengthy presentation about the benefits of including a foreign language program in the Jamestown School curriculum.

The Town Council Monday approved spending up to $187,000 from the Marine Development Fund to repair the town-owned steel pier at East Ferry.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 27, 2001

The superintendent of the Jamestown School finally has a new threeyear contract. At their Sept. 20 meeting, the School Committee voted to grant Superintendent Frances Gallo a contract that is retroactive to July 1, 2001 and will end on June 30, 2004.

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce welcomes everyone to its annual Waterfront Festival, which includes a Taste of Jamestown feast this Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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