2011-11-10 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of November 10

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, Nov. 10, 1911

Tuesday’s election in Jamestown was notable for the lack of interest. The absences of opposition to the Republican nominations for the General Assembly prevented any local enthusiasm and the state ticket failed to bring out the voters.

That the vote was so large was owing wholly to about half a dozen, who early in the day secured three automobiles and kept after the voters until the very moment of closing the polls at 6 o’clock. Their efforts were rewarded by the polling of 174 of the possible 269 votes, or three more than were cast last year. Even the license issue attracted little attention but the vote was the largest, only eight filing to declare their opinion on the liquor question The town went anti-license by a larger majority that last year, the vote being 37 for and 129 against the granting of liquor licenses.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 5, 1936

The regular meeting of the Jamestown chapter [of the] American Red Cross was held at the residence of the chairman, Mrs. Frank E. Weeden, Wednesday afternoon. The chairman of the supply committee reported 81 cotton rolls made, 45 sterilized dressings and 45 napkins folded.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 6, 1936

One of the landmarks of the island, the old Ferry House and waiting room, over 140 years old, which stood for many years on the corner of Narragansett and Conanicus avenues, is being razed. The old house stood on the original site until changes and additions were made to the Bayview hotel, also owned by Mr. Knowles, and was then moved to Knowles Court, north of the hotel, and until the present time was used as quarters for the hotel help.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 7, 1961

The Jamestown Bridge Commission, last night at a special meeting, awarded a one and a half million dollar insurance policy to the Insurance Company of North America, Meredith and Clarke Inc. of Jamestown, agents. The three-year premium is $5,800. The cost of insurance against physical loss or damage is $5,500; against loss of revenue, $300. The total insurance on the bridge, four and one half million dollars, is equally divided among three companies.

The Jamestown School Committee last night decided not to publish school lunch menus during November because a rush for a turkey meal last Thursday left 44 pupils without a serving. The 44 youngsters left without a meal had to go home for lunch.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 8, 1961

Electric power in Jamestown was out for a period of from 12 to 50 minutes early this morning when one of the submarine cables from the city failed in an unexplained manner.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 12, 1986

The Town Council agreed Monday to assist the Rhode Island Parks Association in its efforts to restore the fog signal building at Beavertail to house a saltwater aquarium.

In other action the council accepted the donation of a three-foot high bronze sculpture from local artists Kay Worden (“Dreams of Tomorrow”) and agreed to colease the recently acquired state highway garage on Narragansett Avenue to Jamestown Distributors and H.V. Holland Inc. for nine months at a total of $400 a month. The money collected will be placed in a special fund to be used for whatever ultimate purpose the town plans for the site.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 13, 1986

New utility poles needed before cable television construction can begin should begin within 10 days, a phone company spokesman said Wednesday.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 7, 1996

A total of 2,762 votes were cast in Jamestown, Tuesday, which is 70 percent of the island’s 3,924 registered voters. (In the presidential election Clinton/Gore got 1,424 votes; Dole/Kemp had 868 votes; and Perot/Choate had 333 votes. Reed won for U.S. Senate and Kennedy for Representative in Congress. Paiva-Weed won for R.I. senator and Levesque for R.I. representative.)

Town officials will hold a public workshop on the proposed reconstruction and extension of East Ferry’s steel pier next Wednesday, Nov. 13.

(The sixth annual Jack O’Lantern Jog was held. Winners are listed in various categories.)

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 8, 2001

During the fifth school budget work session last week, School Committee members examined rising costs for maintaining buildings and grounds, and studied the increasing costs for transportation.

(Photo caption) Workers construct a stone retaining wall at the community center. The wall is part of a landscaping project now underway at the East Ferry landmark.

Return to top