2012-08-02 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of August 2

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, Aug. 2, 1912

With the return of the battleship activity in the bay, the social world again revives. The summer has proved thus far the gayest for many years here. The Yacht Club was the social center this afternoon, when Mrs. John Price Wetherill gave a tea and her guests watched the races from the pier.

The Golf and Country Club is very popular this season, having a larger membership than usual.

The landing stage on Ferry Wharf for the use of the fleet’s small boats is one of the liveliest places about the town at the present moment.

The management of Grey Ledge Tea House at Beavertail is making a success. Many people from Jamestown find it delightful to drive or motor down to the famous point of land for tea or an elaborate luncheon served in a delightful way amid charming surroundings.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 2, 1937

A large number of the summer colony, and many guests from the yachts, attended the dance at the Country Club Saturday evening.

The American Legion carnival, which was held during the past week, closed Saturday evening.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 2, 1937

At the Town Council meeting it was voted that the communication from the Jamestown Historical Society, request- ing the Town Council to turn over for preservation any relics which may be found in the old Indian burial ground, be received and filed.

Owing to the heavy automobile traffic, the latter part of the week, the management of the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company found it necessary to have double service on the west side between Jamestown and Saunderstown, and Steamer Beavertail and Hammonton made half-hour trips. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 4, 1937

Walter Nedig, chauffer for Mrs. James Mapes Dodge, caught a 26-pound striped bass at Beavertail Tuesday morning. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 5, 1937

The tribute that HMS York paid in honor of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth came to a climax Wednesday evening when the British cruiser was illuminated with 2,000 lights.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 1, 1962

The new Brenton Reef Light tower, at long last, could be seen high out of the water today after operators placed the legs in position, and light winds made it possible for the 12-ton steel structure to be taken by barge to the scene where two cranes lifted it onto the foundation. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 4, 1962

Brenton tower assembly foiled. The superstructure of the new Brenton Reef light tower was taken out on a barge yesterday, together with the 75-ton A-frame crane to hoist the cabin-like structure into position on its recently installed legs.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 4, 1987

Two unresolved issues are all that remain in the long saga of the cross-island bridge connector road, a state transportation offi cial said this morning. Of these two issues, only the question of the median width can hold up the approval of the Final Supplemental Impact Statement, Department of Transportation civil engineer Lauren Baker-Hart said. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 6, 1987

Traffic was restricted to one lane on the Jamestown Bridge for “a couple of hours” Wednesday while state workers rewelded part of the bridge’s metal grate.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 31, 1997

Proposed plans to extend East Ferry’s steel pier and make it accessible to ferryboats were defeated Monday night. The Town Council voted 4-1 not to accept an $840,000 federal transportation grant that could only be used to make the town-owned steel pier a docking place for privately owned 49-foot commuter ferryboats.

More islanders on the municipal water system are turning to wells for water in the wake of the town’s recent water conservation restrictions. Three people during just one week in July installed their own wells for outdoor watering purposes.

Nearly 200 swimmers made the plunge last Saturday in this year’s Jantzen’s Save the Bay Swim.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 1, 2002

The town’s harbormaster may someday be vested with powers he does not currently have – the power to issue violations to boaters and jet skiers who travel too fast, make excessive noise, or fail to prove that they have completed a safe boating course.

Town Council President Guy Settipane reported Friday that Jamestown “is a wide open town” in terms of its liquor licensing process. He said the town is “wide open” because it does not have ordinances for liquor licensing, entertainment permits, or noise restrictions.

The 18th annual Jamestown Striper Club’s kid’s fishing derby was a great time for everyone. The fish were biting all morning and the 72 kids that came were catching them.

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