2012-09-20 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of September 20

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. 20, 1912

Sunday on the island was lively, considering the lateness of the season. A large number of touring parties crossed in automobiles, besides the excursionists. Those who came to fish from the rocks at Beavertail and the Dumplings, and they were quite numerous, met with poor success. Those who came to gather wild grapes went back with loaded wagons. Those who came for a day’s outing had pleasant weather.

The Jamestown Improvement Society has placed concrete curbing and crossings at the foot of Grinnell Street and Coronado Avenue.

The casino will remain open throughout this week, closing with a hop Saturday night. There will be dancing, as usual, every evening.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 18, 1937

A special meeting of the Town Council was held Tuesday evening to discuss the development and purposes to which the recent purchase of the athletic field and playground should be used. The number present at the meeting showed the keen interest taken in the athletic field, both by the allyear residents and summer colony. Other ideas proposed included a grove, using one building as a community house, a garden of wild flowers as found on the island, erection of a playground, and preservation of the Indian cemetery. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 20, 1937

The Albert Caswell cottage, on the corner of Conanicus Avenue and Brook Street, has been purchased by the Conanicut Yacht Club. The cottage, which was built in 1887, contains 12 rooms, will be razed, and a portion of the grounds will be used as parking space for the club, and the remainder will be given to the town to widen the street at the junction of Conanicus Avenue and Brook Street.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 20, 1962

The Bay Voyage Hotel will close for the season after breakfast on Saturday. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 22, 1962

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night voted to reduce fares on the commuters’ book from $1.80 to $1.50 for the 12- trip book, and also to cut the price of the $5 book to $4.50, effective Oct. 1.

Permission to discontinue its petition, in which it asked the court to answer questions on its power to take over the Jamestown Bridge and Jamestown ferries, was granted by the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 23, 1987

A newly acquired 40-foot-long C.M.F. hydraulic trailer will allow Conanicut Marine Service to haul, launch and transport yachts of up to 47 feet and with a draft of 7 feet. The company will continue to use its smaller trailer which has the capability of transporting boats less than 30 feet. Both units will move yachts between storage areas and the company’s maintenance and painting facilities on Valley Street.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 18, 1997

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer commissioners, the Town Council Monday voted 5-0 to spend $4,000 to drill a fourth municipal well that may help increase the town’s water supply.

The Quononoquott Garden Club did some perennial plantings Monday around the three new Jamestown welcome signs as a gift to the town of Jamestown.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 19, 2002

A full water conservation ban, meaning no outdoor uses of town water, goes into effect this week with the publication of notice of the ban, town officials told the Town Council, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer commissioners Monday night. The ban is mandated by ordinance anytime the North Pond reservoir is down more than 36 inches below its spillway.

A proposed 10-unit condominium between Narragansett Avenue and Knowles Court moved closer to becoming a part of the village skyline when, at a special hearing of the Zoning Board of Review on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Jamestown Place Associates was awarded two special-use permits.

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