2012-08-23 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of August 23

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. 23, 1912

The meeting held Monday afternoon in the Town Hall, for the purpose of forming a historical society, was well attended by regular residents and summer guests. The result was that a society was formed. On the question of a name there was a difference of opinion, some preferring Jamestown Historical Society and others Conanicut Historical Society.

The former was accepted.

With the departure of the fleet Saturday, the dancing people of the island will have a rest of several weeks, as the ships will not return until the middle of September. Many of the navy people are preparing to depart and follow the fleet to Hampton Roads.

The ferries on both side of the island are being taxed to their capacity with automobiles going to and from the tennis and polo at Newport.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 21, 1937

Friday evening was Bowery night and costume dance at the country club.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 24, 1937

The Jamestown Historical Society held its monthly meeting Monday afternoon at its room in St. Matthew’s parish house. The treasurer was instructed to send a check of $25 to the Rev. A.C. Larned for the use of the hall, and it was voted that the caretaker of the old windmill be paid the usual amount.

Arthur S. Clarke caught a striped bass weighing 25 pounds, and two of lesser weight, at Beavertail Monday.

From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 25, 1937

A large number of tickets have been sold for the Jamestown fireman’s ball, which will be held at the Beavertail Country Club next Tuesday evening, Aug. 31. George Marlowe’s orchestra of Philadelphia, which has furnished music at the club this summer, will play for dancing, with Ernie Rhodes as director.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 20, 1962

The new Brenton Reef light tower nearly became a reality yesterday when the red, box-like superstructure was moved out on its barge. Adverse sea conditions, however, caused another delay.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 21, 1987

Sponsorship donations from participants in Save the Bay’s 11th annual Swim the Bay officially ended on Aug. 9 with a record-setting amount of $15,400 in pledges contributed to Rhode Island’s largest environmental organization.

From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 24, 1987

The Bay View Condominium developers have withdrawn their request to remove the 60-seat restaurant from the project.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 21, 1997

Bird watchers from far and wide have been flocking to Steamboat Street hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare great tit that has been seen on the island since about Aug. 3. Between Aug. 13 and Aug. 18 some 108 people have shown up.

The old Jamestown Bridge resembled a busy fishing pier recently after the gates on either end were opened and removed by vandals.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 22, 2002

According to John Brown, the historic preservation officer for the Narragansett Indians, the entire island of Jamestown is a Native American burial site that needs to be protected during any further land development.

Town officials expect tighter water restrictions. Despite the town’s attempts at water conservation in the municipal water district, Public Works Director Steve Goslee said that the pumping numbers are up significantly from last year.

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