2012-09-13 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of September 13
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.

From the Newport Journal, Sept. 13, 1912

At the opening of the school Monday an effort was made to accommodate all who wished to attend. Additional seats have been placed in Burdick’s room and she is to take care of an additional grade to relieve the congestion in the lower rooms. At the annual town meeting, a vote to enlarge the schoolhouse was passed and an appropriation made for another teacher, but no funds were available to enable the School Committee to go ahead with the work. The improvements were not made and the result is that the schools will be overcrowded, and the best work of the teachers and pupils retarded thereby.

Work on the extension of the state road to Conanicut Park is progressing. With this small section, the road will be complete from the town to the steamboat landing at the park.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 9, 1937

At the Board of Trade meeting attended by 120, Ross Harrison of New York, representing the summer colony, discussed a number of ways by which Jamestown might be improved, such as clearing away of old buildings and other obstructions along the waterfront, so as to show more clearly the crescent of the shore. Other suggestions at the meeting were to change the ferry schedule so as to make closer connections with the trains at Kingston and to hold the Financial Town Meeting in July, instead of April, in order that more of the summer property owners might attend. Fifteen new members joined at this meeting and it is believed that the spirit of cooperation shown between the summer visitors and townspeople will greatly benefit the town. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 11, 1937

The athletic field on the Sherman farm, voted to purchase at the Financial Town Meeting, has been purchased by the town, the deed being recorded at the Town Hall Thursday. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 14, 1937

Following is the enrollment at the Clarke and Carr schools, which is the largest in the history of the town. The enrollment at the Carr School was 167, and at the Clarke School there were 138 students enrolled. There were over 30 students per class.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 12, 1962

The Jamestown Ferry will continue to provide double service during the period of the America’s Cup races and will make special runs late Friday and Saturday nights to accommodate those attending events in Newport. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 13, 1962

The Sundowners Summer Bowling League will conclude the season with a banquet at the Jamestown Golf and Country Club Saturday at 6:30 p.m. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 14, 1962

The Jamestown School Committee last night at a special meeting voted to advertise bids for the installation of TV in the Jamestown Elementary School, to be submitted by Oct. 1. Two television sets will be installed, and outlets placed in 16 rooms.

The unexpected appearance of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, and a party of children, including her own, arriving by small boat at the Jamestown ferry wharf, occasioned delighted surprise on the island’s waterfront about 3:30 p.m. yesterday. They all got ice cream at Pitcher’s Drug Store.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 14, 1987

A contra dance series was held Saturday at the recreation center. The colonial New England pastime involved bands and callers and will be held on the second Saturday of each month. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 15, 1987

The committee that met for more than three years to design the new cross-island road has been resurrected to mediate an impasse between state, local and federal officials about the design. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 16, 1987

Builders of the new Jamestown Bridge say it will coast an additional $30 million to complete the span because piles to support the structure must be driven much deeper than first expected. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 17, 1987

Contractors for the new Jamestown Bridge have not submitted engineering substantiation for its request of a $30 million price increase for the project.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 11, 1997

Since it would not cost taxpayers a dime, the Town Council Monday unanimously approved hiring a part-time leader for a soon-to-be formed Jamestown youth organization for seventh and eighth graders.

Despite an enthusiastic plug from Sen. John Chafee touting Beavertail as a potential site for a National Lighthouse Museum, the project is receiving mixed reviews from both islanders and those involved in the selection of the final museum site.

All restrictions on outdoor residential water use have been lifted as of Monday, Sept. 8.

Town Council members Monday asked the town administrator to come up with a number of facts that may help them decide whether to renovate the existing ambulance barn or to build a new one.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 12, 2002

The Town Council Monday continued, until its Sept. 23 meeting, the public hearing on a zoning change involving high water tables. The move came after many requests were made to reduce the restrictions that the proposed change would impose on property owners.

Traffic on the Jamestown Bridge has been restricted to two single lanes, one in each direction, until Nov. 15 while crews from Aetna Bridge Company of Pawtucket replace the span’s four main expansion joints.

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