2012-08-16 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of August 16

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. 16, 1912

The ballroom of the new casino was again crowded Saturday evening and dancing was continued until a late hour.

The recent rains have revived the vegetation and the island never looked better at this time of year. The rain was also just what the crop of wild blackberries needed and hundreds of quarts are being gathered daily without apparently diminishing the supply, especially at the north end of the island.

A coaching party from Newport attended the polo at Narragansett Pier Tuesday and, as they crossed the island, attracted much attention.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 13, 1937

A large number from the Central Baptist Church attended the sunset service and picnic supper on the rocks at Beavertail Thursday evening.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 14, 1937

At the meeting of the Town Council committee reports were given. The street light committee reported lights repaired and turned on; the health officer reported that nuisances complained of had been taken care of; a report was made of persons dumping garbage at the town dump and leaving some of it uncovered.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 14, 1937

Rear Admiral Spencer S. Wood flew from Washington Saturday, to his summer home here, and returned today.

The admirals in the vicinity of Newport held their annual reunion at the home of Rear Admiral and Mrs. Spencer S. Wood, at the latter’s summer home in Jamestown Saturday afternoon. This was the 12th successive year when the admirals gathered to talk over old times and some of the newer ones.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 18, 1962

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night voted to withhold 15 percent payment of its $11,000 contract with Singelis Painting Co. of Philadelphia for untidy work, and until all claims are settled from “paint splashed car owners.” John B. Foley, bridge manager, reported the gross revenues for the first 16 days of August were $1,000 ahead of the same period last year. Vehicle passages for the same period were up 3,499. The reduction in one-way tolls was offset by increased traffic and one-way tolls. This was $119 more this year than for the same period last year.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 18, 1987

Jamestown tackles new hauling fees. As of July 1, the state began charging $49 a ton for all commercial waste. Residential waste is accepted at $11 per ton. But each municipality has a cap on the residential trash it can bring to the landfill each fiscal year. For Jamestown the cap is 2,009 tons. Last year the town delivered 3,568 tons of trash to the landfill.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 14, 1997

(Photo caption) Kayakers discuss the race around Jamestown after paddling some 15 miles Saturday. The conditions were nearly perfect for the third annual Jamestown Island Paddle. The event, which raised $1,610 for the Jamestown Senior Center, attracted 56 entries.

Off-season in Jamestown could take on an entirely new meaning this year if a film production company begins making a feature film here in the fall. The film will be a romantic/action film based on the highly publicized shootout between the rumrunner Black Duck and the Coast Guard, which took place in the fog between Jamestown and Newport in December 1929.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 15, 2002

Despite the objections of both immediate neighbors and other village-dwelling islanders, the Town Council Tuesday decided to let Tricia’s Tropi Grille keep the outdoor tiki bar – with restrictions. (The restrictions allowed outdoor bar service on Sundays through Thursdays until 9 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m.)

Twenty-five years ago, Karl Smith’s idea to hold an event where competitors build and sail decidedly unseaworthy vessels in Narragansett Bay may have seemed ludicrous, silly, ridiculous or any other handful of synonyms of the word foolish – but that was precisely his intent. The name Fools’ Rules Regatta was just a lot of nonsense.

(A photo shows chief fool Chris Powell with Karl Smith, founder of the Fools’ Rules Regatta.)

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