2011-11-24 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of November 23

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. 24, 1911

Fifteen of the young men of the town assembled at the recently equipped rifle range at the Clarke property on Southwest Avenue Friday evening. The range was tried by all the prospective members, but only an informal score was kept. This showed, however, that there is material for some good marksmen and also that some members have much to learn about shooting. One shooter scored straight misses, to find afterwards that a patent sight had not been unshielded.

In spite of the high wind, several fishing parties from Newport visited the island Sunday to try their luck from the rocks of Beavertail. A heavy sea was running at the point and most of the men returned with poor catches, not having been able to find a safe place to fish.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 28, 1936

At the Thanksgiving assembly at the Thomas H. Clarke School, the pupils of the sixth grade, Miss Clara Lewis, teacher, directing, presented the following play, “The Grateful Family.”

There was a large attendance at the meeting of the Jamestown Women’s Club Thursday afternoon at Maplewood, the president, Mrs. William P. Bates, presiding. Mrs. Parker Armbrust presented a “Drama Program.” Mrs. Frank J. O’Connor gave a book review of “Arctic Adventure” by Peter Freuchen.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 21, 1961

Jamestown elementary school pupils are working mainly from books on or below their grade level, Anthony J. Miller, superintendent, informed the School Committee at its meeting last night. None are using material in advance of their grade level.

The operation of a Texas type tower automatic light to replace the Brenton Reef Lightship off Newport has been delayed for the fourth time because of heavy seas which prevented floating equipment from operating. The Coast Guard has announced changes for Beavertail Light, Jamestown, effective Dec. 22. It will be changed from flashing white to flashing green. The candlepower will be reduced from 250,000 to 130,000. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 22, 1961

John B. Foley, acting general manager (report to the Jamestown Bridge Commission that) the gross revenue for the first 19 days of Nov. 1961, compared with the same period last year was $2,232.63 or 24 percent increase. This is due mainly to the large payment received from the Navy this month. The vehicle count for this period was 4,085, or 18 percent ahead.

Judge Edward W. Day, in United States District Court on Monday, granted the petition of 17 members of the Jamestown Protective Association to amend their complaint against Commerce Oil Refining Co. to accuse the company of “vexatious re-litigation.”

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 21, 1986

The ongoing battle over two ramps in the cross-island bridge road design may delay start of the road’s construction. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 25, 1986

Isle Council Weighs Golf Course Options.

During Monday night’s Town Council meeting (the town administrator) divulged two different scenarios – weighing cost of municipal services against revenue from taxes for a development on the 76-acre site. Town officials have signed a purchase agreement with owners of the golf course for $2.1 million. That agreement will be decided Dec. 8 at a special fi- nancial town meeting.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 21, 1996

Residents last week called for a town-wide referendum vote on the proposed extension of East Ferry’s steel pier. As proposed, the extension would be 24-feet wide, 270-feet long, and include an 80- foot double width section for use as a crane operation area and fuel dock, a ferry pier between 130- and 160-feet long and a wave screen.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 21, 2001

Federal funds to put the town’s waterline have been reduced from $450,000 to $250,000 by the U.S. Senate Conference Committee, but town officials continue to say they are pleased that the town is getting federal money.

Jamestown finally has a beautiful new piano to call its own. The seven-foot concert grand from Schimmel will make its formal debut at the “Donor Thank You” concert on Nov. 30 at the community center.

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