2012-07-26 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of July 26

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 26, 1912

Saturday evening there was a collision between a carriage and an automobile on Beavertail Road, whereby one wheel of the former was wrecked. The carriage, which contained two women, belonged at the Grey Ledge teahouse and was returning there. Neither of the occupants of the carriage was injured.

The rain Sunday put a damper on the excursion travel on the ferries, but nearly 100 automobiles crossed between Newport and Saunderstown.

Messrs. Waite and Potter of the steamboat inspection service were in town Tuesday to inspect steamer Narragansett.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1937

The Jamestown Board of Trade is sponsoring a camera or photograph contest, open to anyone. Each contestant must submit eight pictures, and the negatives, which will become the property of the board. The pictures should be of such a nature as to have a commercial appeal which can be used in a campaign next season and thereafter.

From the Newport Daily News, July 29, 1937

The ringing of box 45 at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening called for a fire in the Schade bathhouses on the west shore, which were completely destroyed.

From the Newport Daily News, July 30, 1937

Three events have recently been given at Camp Seaside at Conanicut Park. A flower service was conducted in the candle-lit grove and a dedication to the ideals of Camp Seaside was held. The campers went to Beavertail for a picnic on the rocks, and a “tribe” day was held in which the two camp tribes, Wanamoisette and Anawans, held a tennis match.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 24, 1962

Jamestown Police Chief Frederick C. Smyth last night recommended in a written report to the Town Council that North Road at the Creek Bait Shop area be reduced from a 40- mph zone to a 25-mph zone to reduce traffic hazards.

Capt. Henry Fillmore, who appeared at last night’s meeting, questioned the whereabouts of the servicemen’s honor roll, which at one time stood at the fire station. He said that every town in the state has an honor roll, but Jamestown has none at the present time. From the Newport Daily News,

July 26, 1962

The task of placing the Brenton Reef Texas tower on top of its base, started last Friday, has been halted again by heavy seas. The metal framework has been returned by barge to Newport City Wharf.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 24, 1987

The town has hired a professional consultant to oversee inspection of the Bay View condominium construction project. From the Newport Daily News,

July 28, 1987

Over the objections of several area residents, the Town Council voted Monday to approve a fiveyear lease for the Dutch Harbor shipyard. From the Newport Daily News,

July 29, 1987

Town officials are considering the establishment of a committee to formulate local septic system regulations.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 24, 1997

Refurbishing the town’s sewage treatment plant to make it serviceable for another 20 years would cost $3.3 million.

Fort Getty’s seasonal campers indulge in the beauty, relaxation and friendships of this campground community year after year. Located on the bay’s West Passage, the campground offers 103 seasonal RV sites with about 80 full season campers.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 25, 2002

By the first week of August, appraisers hired by the town to assess the value of all island properties will be knocking on doors, beginning the process to establish a new tax base, which by state mandate, must be completed by the last day of 2003.

The Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club called on Sen. Lincoln Chafee and Rhode Islanders to help save the old Jamestown Bridge for re-use as a pedestrian and bicycle facility.

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