2012-08-30 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of August 30

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. 30, 1912

Two of the wild deer on the north end of the island have been reported as seen by several parties during the past few days.

One of the castings at the ferry bridge gave way Monday, but repairs were made early enough to take care of the heavy automobile travel for tennis.

After the excitement of tennis week, those who like a quiet life will settle down to the usual lovely September weather, known as “Jamestown days,” when those who remain for the autumn lead an informal life. The Golf Club is always a popular place during the September days.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 26, 1937

At the August meeting of the School Committee held at the Thomas H. Clarke School, Chairman Albert A. Boone, reported that the sidewalks at the Carr and Thomas H. Clarke schools had been completed, that heating and plumbing repairs had been cared for, and that the home economics room cabinet had been completed. Dr. P.J. Lynam was elected school physician for the coming year.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 27, 1937

At a special meeting of the Town Council it was voted that junk-dealer licenses be granted to Wolf Horowitz and Samuel Bieler.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 27, 1962

Field races led off the events of youth day on Saturday at the Jamestown recreation field. Activities included running, threelegged races, hurdle jumps, and swimming at Mackerel Cove beach. The Renegades from Newport played for dancing on the school parking lot in the evening and an exhibition of modern dance was given.

About 350 attended the annual johnnycake lunch at the Jamestown Historical Society’s windmill on North Road on Saturday.

The Jamestown School Committee announced the appointment of seven new teachers. With these appointments, the teachers now under contract number 17. The committee voted to establish a written policy regarding the behavior of students on the school bus and the Jamestown ferry.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 25, 1987

The Town Council Monday approved appropriations for resurfacing of seven local roads In other action, the council opposed an application by the R.I. Department of Transportation to dump unusable concrete from the new Jamestown Bridge construction project into Narragansett Bay. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 28, 1987

Dutch Harbor Shipyard must remove all its moorings before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will consider an application for a federal permit for those moorings, an Army Corps official said Thursday.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 28, 1997

The Town Council Monday gave a 3-0 thumbs up to a request to turn Fort Wetherill into a movie set for “Rum Runner,” a Prohibition era movie that will get underway some time in September.

Town water bills will reflect tank painting. Homeowners on the municipal water system can expect to see an increase in water and sewer charges when they get their water bills next week. Sitting as the board of water and sewer commissioners last Wednesday, the Town Council voted to raise the 5,000-gallon water-use minimum from $39.93 to $40.93, up 2.5 percent, and increase the excess water charge from $3.08 to $3.23 per 1,000 gallons, up 5 percent. The commissioners also raised the sewer rate by 22 cents, from $4.33 to $4.55, another 5 percent increase.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 29, 2002

A knighting ceremony took place last Thursday at the Jamestown library honoring the 100 children who completed the summer reading program.

Thirty-four kayakers took to the water Saturday for the eighth annual Jamestown Island Paddle.

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