2012-07-19 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of July 19

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 19, 1912

Friday evening’s rain, although very light, did a great deal of good in reviving vegetation.

The travel on the ferries Sunday was light, owing to the weather conditions.

On account of the rain, the baseball game between the local and the Kansas teams was not played Sunday afternoon.

Improvements are being made to the tennis courts at the golf club by Contractor Corrigan of Newport under the supervision of Mr. Benjamin McLyman.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 16, 1937

Camp Seaside, the Providence YMCA camp at Conanicut Park, has opened for six weeks. Seventy-five girls were registered for the first week and 92 for the second week.

From the Newport Daily News, July 20, 1937

A large crowd attended the water carnival held off Shoreby Hill Sunday afternoon. (Events, in different age groups and by gender, were held in 50-yard and 100-yard contests, plain front diving, fancy diving and a grandfather’s race.)

From the Newport Daily News, July 22, 1937

The state Supreme Court today, in an advisory opinion, declared as unconstitutional the proposed revenue bonds of the state, that had been authorized by the General Assembly at its last session, for issuance by the Jamestown Bridge Commission.

John Clarke of Jamestown caught a 41-pound striped bass off Beavertail to take the lead in the Jamestown contest now being conducted for those catching the largest fish. John Hammond has donated three fishing poles for the largest bass, blue and black fish caught in Jamestown this year.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 22, 1962

The Jamestown School Committee gave Joseph P. Devine, who recently was elected superintendent of schools, a three-year contract commencing Aug. 1. His salary will be $8,314.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 17, 1987

There’s good news and bad news in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers final comments on the new cross-island connector road. Good news for town officials is the Corps, which must approve the final wetlands permit needed by the state, agrees with the town on a couple of key concerns. The bad news is the Corps’ agreement could easily vanish with a rationalization from the state Department of Transportation for its actions. From the Newport Daily News,

July 21, 1987

Summer rain, depending on your outlook, is both beauty and the beast. For beachgoers, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts in general, it is a kiss of death. But, eventually, lack of rainfall hits home for everyone when water supplies are threatened. As an advance preparation, though, the Town Council voted Monday night to send out water conservation notices in the August water bill if the current dry spell continues.

Town officials and senior citizens took the first step Monday toward building a new senior center in Jamestown. (Charlotte Richards told the Town Council she surveyed town-owned land 1.5 years ago to determine what land was available for a senior center, but the committee formed to study the idea never met again.)

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 17, 1997

The Town Council Monday amended its week-old emergency ordinance banning outdoor water uses to allow garden shops to water their container plants with one hose for one hour each day.

A bill approved by state policymakers will officially name Route 138 between the Jamestown and Newport bridges the John Eldred Parkway.

Some $21,000 in federal money has been awarded to Jamestown through the state’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant.

Jamestown’s 200-year-old Conanicut Friends Quaker meetinghouse will soon be deeded to the Jamestown Historical Society in order to preserve the structure for years to come.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 18, 2002

The Town Council Monday rescinded its decision of three weeks earlier to divide the highway barn facilities between two sites. The 3-2 vote to rescind came after less than a half hour of discussion before less than 100 residents.

A water treatment specialist has spent the past couple of days at the town’s plant attempting to determine the best course of action for the town’s beleaguered processing system.

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