2012-07-05 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of July 5

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, July 5, 1912

Mrs. E.A. Poe and her son of Baltimore are at Harmony Villa, Union Street, for the season.

Sunday the ferry company management received a telegram from Washington to continue the ferry service to and from Fort Greble until further notice. The contract expired June 30 and as the appropriation bill had been vetoed it was thought that the service would be discontinued.

The hop given by the management of the Gardner House Saturday was the first of the season and the large attendance indicated the number of summer people who arrived early were larger than for a number of years.

Battleships Florida and Massachusetts anchored off the east shore of the island Sunday, for a considerable stay. The Massachusetts is opposite the Dumplings, while the Florida is farther north, off Taylor’s point.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1937

The fine weather over the weekend and holiday brought many visitors to the island, and there was much entertaining at clubs and cottages. A large number of the summer colony attending the Saturday night dance at the Beavertail Country club, preceded by several dinner parties at the club. Monday, the boat races and luncheon at the Conanicut Yacht Club attracted a large crowd. Beavertail was chosen by many hold- ing beach and supper parties.

Owing to the abundance of blooms at this time, the date of the first exhibit of Jamestown gardens has been decided upon for Wednesday afternoon.

Miss Clara Lewis, teacher in Thomas H. Clarke School, left last week for a several weeks’ stay abroad. From the Newport Daily News,

July 7, 1937

Under the provisions of the relief act recently passed by Congress, supporters of the Jamestown Bridge believe they can take [sic] an appeal from the recent ruling of the Public Works Administration in Washington turning down that proposed $2,200,000 project. A loan and grant totaling over $1 million had been sought from the federal government.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 3, 1962

The Jamestown Red Cross will sponsor swimming and life-saving training again this year at Mackerel Cove Beach. Classes will be held daily, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From The Newport Daily News,

July 6, 1962

A total of 124 children have enrolled in the swimming and lifesaving classes sponsored by the Jamestown Red Cross at Mackerel Cove Beach. From the Newport Daily News,

July 7, 1962

Jazz returned to Newport last night and wrapped in warm glow around some 9,000 fans in Freebody Park, but without setting off any uncontrolled bonfires. Traffic over the Jamestown Ferry, light during the day yesterday, was stepped up sharply by evening when fans began pouring into the city. The boats stopped running and tied up at 2 a.m. Early today the heavy load of traffic began again and has continued during the morning.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 1, 1987

New homeowners are skirting state septic-system regulations by understating the number of bedrooms in their homes, town offi- cials believe. In 1961 a newspaper ad screamed out that there were plenty of home lots available in the Shores area for a mere $750. Times were different. Jamestown was trying to attract new residents. From the Newport Daily News,

July 7, 1987

Cynics, take note. The Newport toll plaza reconstruction is on schedule. The $1.8 million project will add three new lanes to the five already available. The new plaza is needed to facilitate increased traffi c expected once the new Jamestown Bridge and the four-lane connector road are completed.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 3, 1997

The Ambulance Association does not want to move its barn from its current Knowles Court location. Town officials have been talking of possibly building a new barn for the ambulance on a double lot west of the fire station and having the all-volunteer Ambulance Association share facilities with the Fire Department.

The Jamestown Senior Center on West Street will soon have an elevator installed to meet federal regulations, requiring that public buildings be handicapped accessible.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 3, 2002

A roster of noted speakers from historical, military and governmental groups joined forces June 29 with uniformed members of Rhode Island’s reenactment militia units and the music of the Jamestown Community Band to commemorate the restoration of the island’s Revolutionary War fort, the Conanicut Battery.

The Jamestown Water Department recently released its waterquality report for the year 2001, a report mandated by federal and state agencies, which must be available by July 1 of each year. The year’s report, a two-sided, one-page sheet that was mailed to all town water customers, includes information on possible contaminants that can affect water quality and the specific levels of contaminants in Jamestown’s municipal water system. In no case did any contaminant exceed the maximum levels for safe drinking water.

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