2012-06-07 / Island History

This Week In Island History

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, June 7, 1912

The Democratic primaries Friday afternoon were a failure, as far as Jamestown was concerned. In accordance with the law, Town Clerk Severance notified the town sergeant to have the hall open from 6 to 9 o’clock, and he also had ballot boxes, etc., in readiness. The hall was opened, but except for a few who looked in to see if anything was “doing,” only one man appeared who wished to vote, he being one who has been elected to almost every important office in the town by the Republican party.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1937

Perfect weather over the weekend and the 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 shores, including Beavertail.

Monday morning the Memorial Day parade, in charge of Jamestown Post, American Legion, was held with different organizations assembling at the entrance to Shoreby Hill, on Conanicus avenue.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1962

Field day at the Jamestown School was held Tuesday afternoon for children of grades 1 through 3. Dale Brown, a teacher at the school, was general chairman of the contests at the recreation field.

From the Newport Daily News,

June 6, 1962

Joseph P. Devine, a native of Pawtucket, was named by the Jamestown School Committee as superintendent of schools. The new superintendent is 31 years old. His salary has not been established.

From the Newport Daily News,

June 7, 1962

If all goes well– and it hasn’t several times in the past – the new $465,000 Brenton Reef light tower should be in operation by July 1. When the tower begins operating, the lightship, which has been a fixture for countless years, will be a thing of the past.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

June 2, 1987

The town cannot limit fishing access on the wooden pier at East Ferry in its proposed harbor ordinance, the town solicitor said Monday night. From the Newport Daily News,

June 4, 1987

The town has appealed a state wetlands permit for the cross-island connector road. Town officials objected to the permit, claiming it did not provide adequate protection of the town’s watershed.

From the Newport Daily News,

June 8, 1987

The protracted battle over the naming of the new Jamestown Bridge may come to a head Tuesday afternoon in the State House basement room 35. The House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill to name the new span “The Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge.”

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 5, 1997

Jamestown’s 25-year-old checkered water tower is up for a renewal and a repaint after an inspection last July revealed the structure is shy of meeting health and safety standards.

After a six-month legal dispute over the town’s violation of state bidding laws, final bids for the town pier reconstruction project at East Ferry were reached without any proposal from one of the key players. Specialty Diving Services of North Kingstown, who filed the petition against the town, has dropped from the re-bidding process due to an overload of other construction projects.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 6, 2002

About 50 parents and island residents were on hand May 29 when the School Committee introduced the new School Superintendent Katherine E. Sipala at a special meeting held just for that purpose.

The state Department of Transportation will begin several months of repairs to the 10-yearold Jamestown Bridge this summer. The repairs will focus on the replacement of all the bridge’s four expansion joints, one of which is “in bad shape,” according to Kazem Farhoumand, chief bridge engineer for the DOT.

[Considered at the May 28 Town Council meeting was] raising tree canopies to 16 feet over public roads in Jamestown, proposed by David Nickerson, the town tree warden.

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