2012-05-03 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of May 3

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, May 3, 1912

The Bay View Hotel and Gardner House are being put in readiness to open early in June.

J. H. Tefft has sold a lot of land with a small bungalow thereon, situated on Calvert place, to Herbert Wetherill of Philadelphia. Mr. Wetherill proposes to build a large bungalow and otherwise improve the property for a summer home for his family.

The Jamestown Athletic Club has organized a baseball team, which is ready to arrange games, to be played at Jamestown. Albert Wright is the manager.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 3, 1937

The members of the Jamestown Fire Department held a ladies’ night at Point View House, Conanicut Park, Saturday evening. A turkey dinner was served, after which dancing was enjoyed.

From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1937

An amendment to existing state laws designed to compel children to attend school up to the age of 16 years, even though the school is not in the city or town in which they reside, was passed by the recent session of the General Assembly. The act, while of general interest to the state, is of special interest to Jamestown, where there have been two court cases decided against the town. From the Newport Daily News,

May 5, 1937

There was a large attendance of parents and friends at the Arbor and Independence Day exercises held at the Carr School Tuesday morning. Tuesday, tree-planting exercises were held at the Carr School. At the Clarke School in the afternoon the fourth grade planted a tree and held exercises with the eighth grade in charge.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 2, 1962

Clean-up week in Jamestown will begin Monday and end May 12. Town trucks will pick up rubbish, if left on the sidewalk by the abutters. (A detailed schedule by street names is given.)

A total of 1,230 Jamestowners will be eligible to vote at the annual Financial Town Meeting next Monday.

One-hundred-and-forty-one dogs were registered in Jamestown during April “bargain days.” During May the fee will be $2.30 for males and spayed females, with females costing $6.30. This is $1 more than the April price. From the Newport Daily News,

May 4, 1962

Jamestown Fire Chief Merton Hull commenced his 18th successive year as head of the Jamestown Fire Department, after election to the post at the annual meeting held at the fire station last night.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 1, 1987

What waits Bay Voyage Inn guests now is substantially different from 1890, yet somehow the same. New owners spent about $3 million to renovate the historic building, turning it into 32 tworoom luxury suites. But throughout the building the renovations have tried to capture the “Victorian flair” of the structure’s original era. From the Newport Daily News,

May 7, 1987

Republicans maintained solid 4-1 majorities on the Town Council and School Committee in Wednesday’s town elections.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 1, 1997

Superintendent Frances Gallo presented a more detailed version of her strategic plan to the School Committee Thursday. Part of the new curriculum’s goals would be a “holistic approach” to learning.

The Town Council Monday entered into a 10-year lease with the Dutch Harbor Boat Yard. The boatyard at West Ferry has been leasing part of a bulkhead from the town for the past 10 years. Under the new terms of the new rental agreement, the owner will pay a base rent of $10,000, about $2,600 in additional rent for half of the outhauls at the marina, and another $2,000 or so for docks and floats.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 1, 2002

The $4.7 million Aquatic Research Center at Fort Wetherill was unveiled to the public Tuesday in a ceremony that included state and local officials as well as over 100 onlookers.

It was 25 years ago that Arthur H. Washburn Jr. put up a sign and started Art’s Auto on 34 Southwest Ave.

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