2012-04-05 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of April 5
Compiled by Sue Maden

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, April 5, 1912

The weekly shoot of the Diamond Spring Rifle club was held Friday evening, 21 facing the targets.

There was a meeting of the Fire Laddies Debating Club in Fire Station No. 1 Monday evening, with a good attendance. The question, “Resolved, that the army canteen should be restored,” was argued, the affirmative winning the decision of the judges.

A number of entertainments are being arranged to take place after Easter.

Another small shipment of Easter lilies was made Wednesday by Mr. Samuel Smith.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 1, 1937

The annual turkey supper, held by the Wayside Whist Club, as the closing event of their whist series, was held Wednesday evening at Harbor View Inn.

From the Newport Daily News, April 3, 1937

The last game in the bridge-whist series conducted by the fire department was held at the fire station Friday evening, 10 tables being played.

Herbert F. Lang entertained at pinochle Friday evening at his home Shoreby Hill. Three tables were played. From the Newport Daily News,

April 7, 1937

The Jamestown Pinochle Club held a turkey supper Tuesday evening at Harbor View Inn, following which bridge and pinochle were played.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 2, 1962

About 200 attended ceremonies yesterday at the Jamestown Recreation Center, when the newly formed Jamestown Memorial Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was instituted. This is the first VFW Post to be organized in the state in 10 years. From the Newport Daily News,

April 3, 1962

John F. Capaldi, state public works director again has been urged to hold a public hearing before any rate increase is ordered for the Jamestown Ferry.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 3, 1987

Skip the tee-off time at the Jamestown Country Club this weekend. Work to tie in the golf course to the town sewer system and the fact that the course’s operator has not arrived from Montana will prevent its opening. From the Newport Daily News,

April 7, 1987

Meteorologists are looking for good weather this weekend but isle golfers will have to wait to hit the fairways at the Jamestown Country Club. (The lease needed to be signed, equipment repairs had to be made, and the snack bar and pro shop had to be gotten ready for the opening, hopefully by Easter. The restaurant is to open May 1.)

The Town Council Monday night discussed ways to add public parking in the downtown commercial district. There was some discussion of possibly swapping the state highway garage building for another lot in the downtown area.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 3, 1997

While Tuesday’s “April Fool” storm gave kids a day off from school, the 6 inches of wet snow dropped by a huge nor’easter left the island unscathed.

Newport Electric Corporation installed nesting platforms atop utility poles on Jamestown and Prudence Island this month in an effort to provide nest sites for the rare osprey. The Jamestown pole was installed at Fox Hill farm in cooperation with the Jamestown Conservancy Commission.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 4, 2002

Deer on Conanicut Island are thriving and are not likely to respond to manmade methods to stem their overabundance, according to a report last week to the Town Council. Lori Suprock, supervisor of wildlife for the state Department of Environmental Management, gave a report on deer-control methods, at the request of the council.

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