2012-05-17 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of May 17
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, May 17, 1912

Steamer Conanicut has been overhauled and went into commission Monday, replacing the Beaver Tail running between

Newport and the island. The Beaver Tail has been taken to the ferry company’s north slip to be overhauled.

The American Seating Company of Boston is installing new seats in St. Mark Church. The new arrangement will give the church a seating capacity of 400.

The Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company has been awarded a contract to furnish ferry service between West Jamestown, Saunderstown and Fort Greble by the government, the service contract is to commence at once and expire July 1.

A gang of men has arrived from Philadelphia to build a bungalow on the property on Calvert Place recently purchased by Mr. Wetherill.

A vaudeville and dance was given Monday evening in the Gardner House hall by the Jamestown Athletic Club to raise funds to purchase suits for the baseball team. The attendance was large and an enjoyable time was had.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 15, 1937

It was voted [at the Town Council meeting] that the town clerk be instructed to advertise for sealed bids for rental of Mackerel Cove Beach, bath houses and pavilion for the 1937 bathing season. As requested, Messrs. Cornelius Lyons and Fred C. Clarke met with the council to discuss the Financial Town Meeting resolution, passed April 10, relative to the town acquiring suitable real estate adjacent to the Rhode Island state highway system in Jamestown for park purposes.

A bridge and whist was held Friday evening at St. Mark’s hall, 16 tables being played. From the Newport Daily News,

May 18, 1937

Tollefson & Dewick have opened for the season their fish market on Conanicus Avenue, with seafood of all kinds.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 19, 1962

[At the meeting of the Jamestown Bridge Commission] the contract for aluminum paint was awarded to Paterson Sargem Company of Boston at $2.75 per gallon. The contract for painting the bridge went to Singelis Industrial Painting Company of Philadelphia at a cost of $11,000. From the Newport Daily News,

May 21, 1962

The Jamestown Recreation Board held its annual basketball awards night Saturday at the recreation center.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 15, 1987

The town has been assigned an “A” rating for the town’s recently issued Golf Course Acquisition Bonds, Town Council President Jerry L. McInytre announced Thursday.

Joseph W. Tiexiera was recently re-elected to a seventh term as chief of the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department. From the Newport Daily News,

May 19, 1987

[The town administrator] suggested that the Town Council adopt a harbor map and establish an ordinance that would authorize the Council to establish regulations, hire harbormasters and set up a fee structure. After that were adopted, the Council could formulate specific rules and regulations for the harbor. From the Newport Daily News,

May 22, 1987

The long wait is over. Cable television has arrived in Jamestown. On Thursday, Heritage Cable Vision crews began installing cable television into isle homes – about 33 months after the council first endorsed the bid of Rollins CableVision to operate the Jamestown franchise.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 15, 1997

The state board of elections is expected to meet this morning to determine whether Democrat Fred Pease or Republican Jean Mac- Gregor Brown won the fifth Town Council seat in last week’s election. After absentee ballots were counted by the local canvassers board last Thursday afternoon, Pease, a two-term council president, was ahead of MacGregor Brown by one vote, 693-692.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 16, 2002

After months of discussion and research, the Town Buildings and Facilities Committee finally reached the same conclusion that the past two Town Council-appointed committees came up with, that Lot 47 was the logical home for the new highway barn.

A new third voting district in Jamestown has been created, based on state mandates subject to review every 10 years. The Town Council Monday approved the district lines recommended by the Board of Canvassers. A polling place has yet to be determined, with possibilities being the Melrose Avenue School or the town library.

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