2012-05-31 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of May 31

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 31, 1912

[At the Town Council meeting] the petition of I.H. Clarke for the furnishing of a ball field for the use of the public during the coming season, was referred to the annual town meeting. Town Clerk Severance appointed a committee to inquire into the cost of leasing land for a ballpark and to report at the town meeting.

J. Schleith was granted a license to run two pool tables, S. Horowitz a junk license, and H. Silverman a fruit-peddling license.

Steamer J.A. Saunders, which has been acquired by the ferry company, has been brought from Stone Bridge to Newport to be hauled out.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1937

Legislation authorizing construction of the Jamestown Bridge was before the [U.S.] House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee today. The measure would authorize the Jamestown Bridge Commission, as an agency of the state, to construct, maintain and operate the bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1937

[At a special Town Council meeting] for the purpose of considering the traffic problem at the east end of Narragansett Avenue, and the report and survey on the West Narragansett sewer, submitted by Charles E. Gardner, was referred to a special meeting. It was voted that the parking of vehicles be allowed on the east side of Green lane, starting at a point 50 feet from Narragansett Avenue.

From the Newport Daily News,

June 1, 1937

Perfect weather over the weekend and holiday brought many visitors to the island and ferry traffic was heavy. Several cottages were opened for the season. There were many beach and supper parties held at different places along the shore, including Beavertail. Monday morning, the Memorial Day parade was held.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

May 28, 1962

Superintendent Anthony J. Miller will leave the Jamestown School on May 31, after 23 years of continuous service. For 19 of these years he was superintendent.

Miller was directed [at the School Committee meeting] to obtain a count of children interested in the golf program under recreation department supervision.

From the Newport Daily News,

May 31, 1962

The grade-eight graduation dance at the Jamestown School will be held tomorrow from 8 to 11 p.m.

Homage paid to Jamestown war veterans. The parade, which was arranged by Edward F. Morinho, commander of Arnold Zweir American Legion Post, went first to the waterfront for prayers by W. Stuart Caswell, chaplain of the post. It then proceeded up Narragansett Avenue for the ceremonies at the town cemetery. Rogers High School Band played for the parade and also taps at both the waterfront and cemetery.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

May 29, 1987

A combination of municipal and private initiatives is needed if the town wants to solve its perennial parking woes in the downtown commercial district, Town Planner Jennifer Parker said Thursday.

From the Newport Daily News,

May 30, 1987

Five years ago, the Jamestown Historical Society spent about $25,000 to restore much of the historic windmill’s interior. Now, in anticipation of a 200th birthday bash on Aug. 1, the society wants to finish the job by putting the mill into operation.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 29, 1997

The most beautiful weather of the year Monday set the tone for the moving dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Square at East Ferry. With a bay full of sails and clear blue sky at his back, committee Chairman Ed Connelly said that he could sum up his feelings about the ceremony in one word, “Wow.” The new memorial has eleven individual stone markers, each representing a different war.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 30, 2002

At a special meeting scheduled for last night, the School Committee planned to announce that Katherine E. Sipala would be the new superintendent of the Jamestown school system.

The Town Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the library and vote upon adopting the updated Comprehensive Community Plan that has been recommended by the Planning Commission.

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