2011-10-06 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of October 6

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, Oct. 6, 1911

Dr. E. C. Bullard had sold his property and business to Dr. A. M. Mendenhal of Iowa City. Owing to his wife’s health, the climate near the seashore is bad for her. Dr. Bullard will move to Vermont. He was the first physician to make a success of practicing on the island the year round.

Chief of Police Hull is spending a short vacation in Providence. His place is being filled by his brother, Mr. Ernest Hull.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 1, 1936

A special meeting for the observance of “Boosters’ Night” was held Wednesday evening by Conanicut Grange.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 3, 1936

[At the Town Council meeting] it was voted that the bill of James T. O’Connell of $33.15 for supplies for repair work at the library be paid out of the emergency budget.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 5, 1936

A preliminary meeting was held Sunday afternoon at the A.E. Tefft cottage on Shoreby Hill, with Miss Elizabeth Davis chairman, for the purpose of organizing a Landon for President Club.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 2, 1961

Traffic across the Jamestown ferry was so heavy over the weekend that all automobiles waiting could not be accommodated on every trip necessitating a long wait. One motorist who arrived at the Jamestown side at 5:20 p.m. Sunday in the hope of getting the 6 p.m. ferry had to wait until 7 p.m. to get aboard.

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 2, 1961

Women’s afternoon bowling will begin on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Jamestown Bowling Lanes.

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 4, 1961

Dancing classes will be sponsored by the Jamestown Recreation Board beginning on Monday at the all-purpose room of the Jamestown School. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Riccio of Cranston will be the instructors. Traditional Latin America and modern dances will be taught.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 3, 1986

Cable television is finally coming to Jamestown. Russ Stevens, construction supervisor for Rollins CableVision, said today that construction will “definitely begin within the next two weeks.” The first phase of construction will be the installation of underground wires in subdivisions such as East Passage Estates and West Reach, where subdivision regulations insist utility wires be underground.

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 7, 1986

Revitalization of the downtown business and waterfront area was put at the top of the agenda for the town’s new planner. During a work session of town boards Monday, concern was repeatedly expressed that the town develop some sort of cohesive approach to what Councilman Anthony Vieira called the “sweetheart” of the town’s tax base.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 3, 1996

Residents had little to say during a work session on the future of the town-owned golf course held by the Town Council Monday to hear public comment. Some 28 people turned out for the meeting, which was over in less than an hour. (The Golf Course Committee had recommended that the town continue to lease the nine-hole course to a private operator.)

An estimated 600 to 1,000 people turned out for the Conanicut Island Land Trust’s Heyday Saturday, held at the Hodgkiss Farm. In addition to being a celebration of open space, this year’s fair was also a tribute to Libby Beaumont, a former CILT member and owner of Hodgkiss Farm. As a result of Ms. Beaumont’s recent death, the CILT considered moving the event to another location, but decided with Ms. Beaumont’s three children to keep it at the farm.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 4, 2001

Plans to construct a 12-unit apartment complex with an 18-space parking lot on Knowles Court were recently sent to the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners.

Close to 20 residents turned out for a meeting of the town Buildings and Facilities Committee at the library last week to discuss plans for a new highway barn. [Chairman Bill] Kimball handed out a working list of six possible sites, including townowned, state-owned, and privately owned property.

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