2011-11-17 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of November 17

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. 17, 1911

A rifle club is well underway to be organized on the island. A range has been fitted up on the Clarke property on Southwest Avenue and it is hoped that the shoot can be held the last part of the present week.

The members of Hose Company No. 2 had an oyster supper at their quarters on Greene Lane Monday evening. The chief, assistant chief and engineers of the Ones were present as guests.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 14, 1936

Another landmark of the island for the past 73 years, the large three-story Pardon Tucker house on Walcott Avenue is being razed. The year following the Civil War, Mr. Tucker retired from farming and built the house at that time one of the best on the island, now being razed, at the ferry, where he spent the remainder of his days. The site on which the house stands will probably be platted and sold in lots.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 17, 1936

Mr. and Mrs. Foster S. Knowles of Clinton Avenue left this morning by motor for St. Petersburg, Fla., where they will remain until April.

A woman’s Christian Temperance Union was organized Sunday evening at the home of Mrs. W. Everett Johnson.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 18, 1936

[At the Town Council meeting] it was voted that the communication from the Division of Intoxicating Beverages and Taxation in regard to several local violations be received and filed.

One hundred and seventy children took the audiometer test for hearing at the Thomas H. Clarke School Monday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 13, 1961

Jamestown paid its tribute to the war dead Saturday with a parade and placing of wreaths on the War Memorial at the harbor front. The exercises were under direction of the Jamestown Post, American Legion. Music for the parade was provided by the Assumption Bugle and Drum Corps from New Bedford. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 14, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council last night objected, by resolution, to recommendations in the state Bay Hoover Commission report recommending auto and passenger fare increases on the Jamestown Ferry, together with reduction in personnel. No exception was taken to the proposed increase in the truck rate scale.

A complaint from 21 residents asked that the now abandoned Thomas H. Clarke School on North Road, not be used as a town barn nor as a town yard to store equipment. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 17, 1961

The state is planning a new Route 138 from Interstate 95 in Richmond to the Jamestown Bridge, John F. Capaldi, state public works director, announced last night.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 17, 1986

It turned out to be a prank, but it could have been a disaster. About 40 volunteer firemen responded to a call with three pumpers, an aerial truck, a tanker and a rescue wagon. But when they drove up and down Seaside Drive, they discovered the number did not exist. The prank pointed out another problem the fire department occasionally faces. Although the town renumbered all houses two years ago, many residents still have not posted their new numbers or have both old and new numbers posted. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 18, 1986

Three cars were damaged, traffi c was backed up for more than an hour and a truck on the Jamestown Bridge was bent after two dumpsters flew off a tractor trailer crossing the bridge Monday afternoon.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 14, 1996

Voters at the special financial town meeting early next month will be asked to spend $114,843 from the town’s budget surplus on two separate proposals. One warrant item will ask voters to approve spending $76,000 to purchase two parcels of currently leased land, roughly two acres that now make up the town-owned golf course’s fourth and seventh tees and part of the sixth green. In a second warrant item, voters at the Dec. 2 town meeting will be asked to approve giving the Friends of the Seniors $38,843 to spend on the installation of an elevator, the replacement of a staircase, and the construction of a fire safe entranceway at the senior center on West Street.

Veterans Day was observed Monday at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Square with a brief ceremony to honor the men and women who have served in America’s wars and conflicts.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 15, 2001

Anyone who regularly travels across the Jamestown Bridge has recently spotted the hulking gray presence of M.V. Dauriya, a Russian ship visiting the bay this winter to fill its belly with an abundance of fish. It is there because of an international joint venture initiated by a Massachusetts seafood company.

Conanicut Grange No. 21 of Jamestown celebrated its 112th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 11, with members and several guests attending.

The Town Council at its Nov. 13 meeting authorized spending up to $5,000 for a review of the Jamestown Golf Course’s operation and lease terms by Golf and Land Economics of Westport, Mass.

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