2011-10-27 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of October 20

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. 27, 1911

At least one of the farmers of this island has something to say in favor of automobiles. Recently, while returning from the ferry to his home well up on the island, the bridle broke and the horse ran away. Finding all his efforts useless in stopping the animal, he selected a good spot and jumped to safety. He set out on foot for the long walk home, but had not gone far before he met a party of automobilists who stopped and asked if he was the owner of the runaway they had passed a short distance past on the road.

On receiving an affirmative they turned around, invited the farmer to jump into their machine, and a few minutes of speeding brought them up with the runaway. The horse had been doing its best, but handicapped by an express wagon quite heavily loaded was winded by its two-mile run and was easily stopped. As the road had been straight, no damage had been done to the wagon or contents. The automobile party resumed their trip with the thanks of the farmer.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 24, 1936

A large number of voters are at the town hall each day and evening getting instructions on operating the voting machine.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 25, 1936

There will be a Democratic rally at the Palace Theatre Tuesday evening. The speakers will include Governor Theodore Francis Green and Lieutenant Governor Quinn.

Commencing today, demonstrations on the voting machine will be given each weekday from 2 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 29, 1936

[At the School Committee meeting] the number of tuition students at Rogers High School was given as 84. The recent trend in arithmetic and a contemplated change at the end of the year was presented.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 24, 1961

Jamestown Town Council president Donald J. Dupre last night read an acknowledgement from President Kennedy for the welcome extended to the president and his family upon their arrival in Newport County earlier in the fall. Dupre reported on an inspection of Fort Getty made Sunday to decide on its use as a fallout shelter. Dupre said that it was felt that Getty would be a very expensive project. They also inspected a fort near Spray Cliff on Beavertail Road. (Next week the council will meet to inspect Fort Wetherill, another possible site.)

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 30, 1961

Jamestown officials yesterday inspected government-owned Fort Wetherill at the Dumplings as a possible shelter for radioactive fallout in the event of a nuclear attack. An offi cer from the Newport Naval Base accompanied the group and advised them on what could be used as a good bunker for protecting the population from fallout.

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 31, 1961

The state’s Baby Hoover Commission today recommended to Governor Notte an increase in tolls on the Jamestown Ferry, a reduction of personnel, and expansion of the work week to 48 hours, as a means of slashing the state subsidy of about $250,000 a year.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 28, 1986

The Town Council voted Monday to continue a public hearing on a controversial zoning change until Nov. 24. (The planning board also favored the continuance. The requester submitted two petitions signed by 92 people who were not opposed to the request provided there was a fence and vegetation to screen the lot on which material would be stored.)

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 24, 1996

(Photo caption) Jamestown police are sporting new uniforms. The uniforms are a dark blue and are trimmed in red. Police officers are using an older patch on the shoulder and have gone to a different type of hat. The summer dress will be short sleeves.

All restrictions on municipal water use have been lifted. Outdoor water use in the urban water district has been limited to odd or even days calendar days since the second week in July.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 25, 2001

There are no paths established yet for people to walk from one open space or “greenway” to another on Conanicut Island. However, ideas are now being exchanged among a widening circle of groups and individuals inspired by the vision of a network of car-free paths.

The school has entered into an agreement with an architect consultant who will help define the scope of the roof replacement at the Lawn Avenue building.

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