2012-06-21 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of June 21
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, June 21, 1912

When the town meeting opened there was a larger attendance than usual and during the first hour 57 voted. After this the ballots came in more slowly and in spite of every effort of more than usual of workers, aided by good weather and numerous carriage and automobiles, only 229 of a possible 267 voters deposited their ballots.

The entertainment and social given by the Greble Glee Club Wednesday evening in the Gardner Hall held for St. Mark Church was one of the best attended ever held here.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 17, 1937

The Allen estate on Lincoln Street, for several years conducted as a summer boarding house by Mrs. John Wiseman of Newport, is being razed by A. Everett Tefft.

Much of the material and the plumbing fixtures of the John Price Wetherill cottage, now being demolished by Peckham Wrecking Company of Newport, are being sold to Newport and New York buyers.

From the Newport Daily News, June 18, 1937

The John Clarke School boys of Newport came to Jamestown Thursday in charge of Mr. Derwallis, manual training instructor, and played the boys of the Thomas H. Clarke School. The latter won 16-14.

From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1937

LeRoy F. Meredith, auctioneer, sold Saturday afternoon, the Watson cottage on the corner of Narragansett and Clinton avenues, which was bought by Daniel F. Murray of Jamestown. This is one of the oldest houses on the island and few now living can remember when the town post office was located in one of the rooms.

From the Newport Daily News,

June 22, 1937

The band concert which was to have been given Monday evening by the WPA orchestra of Newport was postponed to next Monday evening on account of the inclement weather, and will be given Monday evenings hereafter, with the exception of July 4.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

June 21, 1962

A ceremony of farewell to the familiar Brenton Reef Lightship when it leaves its station off Newport permanently, when replaced by the Brenton Light Tower, and the possibility of the ship being placed in Newport as a museum, were suggested last night to the [Newport Town] Council.

From the Newport Daily News,

June 23, 1962

A Navy ship that will be used for oceanographic purposes will be christened in honor of the late Rear Adm. Charles H, Davis, a former Jamestown resident who did scientifi c explorations while on active duty. He died in the early 1920s.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

June 21, 1987

“Beavertail,” an art show and sale for the benefit of the future Beavertail Maritime Museum, will be held Sunday. The Rhode Island Parks Association, a nonprofit organization that supports projects in the state parks, is seeking to raise $85,000 to renovate the Beavertail assistant keeper’s house as a maritime museum and visitors center for the Bay Island Parks, of which Beavertail is part.

From the Newport Daily News,

June 23, 1987

Ignoring a state-imposed deadline, the Town Council Monday night continued a resolution supporting the preferred cross-island connector road alternative to July 13. The state Department of Transportation had asked the council to approve a resolution by the end of June.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 19, 1997

(Photo caption) Ben Anderson makes a mold of the shield and sheep on the town marker at the four corners. Anderson will use the mold to make a new shield to replace one that is missing.

The third annual Ferry Days celebration this weekend promises to bring old-fashioned family fun to East Ferry through remembrance of Jamestown’s ferryboats.

Despite the constant drizzle and occasional downpour, the weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 47 students from Jamestown who graduated Friday night from North Kingstown High School.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 20, 2002

The Town Council Monday wrestled with information about the town’s new highway barn and found the data lacking. It was estimated that the size of the new barn would cost at least $1 million, and some have said it is too big and too expensive.

Among much pomp and circumstance, 61 Jamestown students graduated from eighth grade Tuesday night, preparing to leave the island to delve into their high-school years.

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