2012-08-09 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of August 9

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. 9, 1912

There was a slight collision between an automobile and one of the government mule teams on Ferry Wharf Tuesday. The automobile stopped suddenly in front of the team, and although the driver tried to pull up and turn out, he was unable to avoid striking the automobile. Only the mudguard and tool of the automobile are damaged and none of the occupants of either vehicle are injured. Although the driver of the team was thrown from his seat, he managed to cling to the footboard.

Sunday was the liveliest of the season on the island. Besides a large number of excursionists and touring parties, practically every available room on the island was taken.

A new venture for Jamestown opened Monday night, when moving pictures and vaudeville were given in a large tent on the vacant lot at the foot of Greene Lane.

The crop of wild blackberries was greatly helped by the recent rains and large quantities are being picked.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 6, 1937

All points of vantage were crowded in the late afternoon Thursday and many went to Newport to see the returning cup racers and other craft into the harbor after the final race.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 7, 1937

The O’Connell bill for the authorization of the Jamestown Bridge met another snag Friday when the Senate sent the measure back to the committee.

One-hundred-and-ten girls are registered at Camp Seaside at Conanicut Park. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 10, 1937

The children’s dance at the country club, with Miss Dorothy Gladding of Newport as instructor, was largely attended Monday evening. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 11, 1937

The Conanicut Yacht Club is holding a program of water sports at the club on Saturday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 7, 1962

The Indians, the Jamestown Little League’s summer colony and farm team, pounded the Tigers into submission in one inning last night, 18-1, at Holy Society Field. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 9, 1962

(Photo caption) This is an architect’s sketch of a planned enlargement of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Jamestown for which a fundraising campaign is underway. It is the first major expansion of the church’s facilities in 82 years.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 12, 1987

Complaints from potential condo buyers have prompted the developers of the Bay View condominium project to ask the town officials for permission to eliminate the 60-seat restaurant from the plans.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 7, 1997

The state Department of Transportation says it will file conservation deeds in Town Hall by tomorrow that will preserve 50.5 acres of island wetlands in perpetuity.

The Jamestown Planning Commission intends to hire a full-time town planner again, in anticipation of several projects that will need considerable attention.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 8, 2002

The month of August, while still fun and games for most students, is just the opposite for school administrators who must get schedules prepared, curricula written, and buildings spruced up. It’s a busy time for everyone and even more so for Katherine E. Sipala, Jamestown’s new school superintendent.

Saturday’s wilting heat furnished motivation enough for anyone to jump into the bay, but 281 people traveling to Newport in the early morning had an even better reason to hit the water – to help make the 26th annual Save the Bay swim a buoyant success.

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