2012-09-06 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of September 6
Compiled by Sue Maden

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, Sept. 6, 1912

The weekly shoot of the Diamond Spring Rifle Club was held Friday evening at the range on Southwest Avenue. Alderson won the shoot and the bronze handicap bar, and also shot high string.

The Saturday evening dances and the music nightly will be continued at the Casino until the last week in September.

The annual clambake for the Carr descendants was held at the homestead on Carr’s Lane Sunday. There was a good number present, the younger generation predominating.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 1, 1937

One of the largest crowds ever attending a function at the Beavertail Country Club was seen Monday evening when the Jamestown annual fireman’s ball was held, more than 300 being present.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 3, 1937

The report of the chairman of swimming for the Jamestown chapter of the American Red Cross showed 26 children received beginner’s pins, 33 swimmer’s pins and seven received first life-savings awards. The chapter, through the cooperation of the YWCA Seaside Camp, provided the instructor.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 7, 1937

The fine weather on Labor Day brought many visitors to the island, and many end-ofthe season house parties, beach parties, and suppers on the rocks at Beavertail and along the shore were held.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 5, 1962

After nine months of delays, the superstructure of the new Brenton Reef Light is in place on top of the steel tower legs. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 7, 1962

Jamestown’s Town Council and planning board were unable, at a joint meeting last night, to resolve their differences on the type of a zoning code that should be adopted.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 4, 1987

Two-hundred-fifty acres of land on the north end and south side of Dutch Island Harbor have been donated to the state by two local residents for preservation of wildlife, agriculture, and scenery. (The donated land included 150 acres on the south side of Dutch Harbor and 90 acres at Fox Hill, between Fort Getty recreation Area and Sheffield Cove. Another 10 acres was donated of salt marsh land at Great Creek.)

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 4, 1997

Local merchants practically gushed with enthusiasm when asked how their businesses fared this summer. In a random survey, many attributed their successes, in part, to the beautiful weather.

The Zoning Board of Review last Tuesday denied an application by AT&T Wireless services for a special-use permit to install a 75- foot flagpole with attached radio frequency antennas on the site of the state-owned pumping station at North Main Road and Route 138.

School Committee Chairwoman Sirje Carl said the committee decided last Thursday that a fee of $20 per hour for programs or sporting events in the Jamestown school gymnasiums will now be charged groups who are not affiliated with either the school department or recreation department.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 5, 2002

“Keep it down,” someone in the audience suggested as a town councilor unquietly rearranged a few chairs when the noise workshop at the library was beginning last Thursday night, Aug. 29. The discussion highlighted several aspects of the island’s noise and possible noise control.

In a special meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 28, the Harbor Management Commission heard three hours of, at times, emotional discussion on a proposed revision of Section 6 of the Harbor Management Ordinance. Questions and comments from the public during the review of mooring regulations reflected concerns over the stagnant waiting list for moorings and fears of losing guest moorings.

Nearly 100 sailing vessels circumnavigated Conanicut Island Sunday in what has continued to be the longest running sailing race sponsored by the Conanicut Yacht Club to be held anywhere in Narragansett Bay.

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