2012-09-27 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of September 27

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

Indications point to unusual building operations on the island during the coming winter. Beside the half-dozen cottages and bungalows now under way, contracts have been made for several more, and arrangements and plans are being made for others. Although no large or expensive buildings are contemplated, the aggregate of the small ones will amount to more than in any one year since the rush of some 20 years ago.

Mr. P.H. Horgan has commenced work on a garage in the rear of the Hotel Thorndike.

Chandler’s boat shop is a busy place at the present time, the usual fleet of small boats being hauled out to be cared for during the winter.

Bluefish are reported as having been seen off Beavertail Tuesday. Although they were in large schools, all attempts to take any by line were futile.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 30, 1937

It was reported at the School Committee meeting that on a canvas of the high school transportation needs, it was found that there are a number of pupils living several miles from the ferry, who are providing their own transportation. It was voted to put out to bids for the transportation of the children to the 8 a.m. ferry, and that action be taken at the next School Committee meeting.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 26, 1962

The new Brenton Reef light tower that will replace the veteran lightship will be dedicated with ceremonies by the Coast Guard Friday at 11:30 a.m. The new light signal will be turned on that night. From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 27, 1962

The Brenton Reef Lightship will be open to the public Saturday at City Wharf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the last opportunity for Newporters to see the vessel, which has been a familiar offshore sight to them for many years. The lightship will leave Newport Saturday night for Boston.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Sept. 28, 1987

The Town Council learned Monday night that Jamestown may soon be getting some outside help in solving its drug-related problems.

At the Town Council meeting, the council voted to purchase a second trash-hauling trailer for the transfer station for $43,600.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 25, 1997

About 30 residents showed up at Town Hall Monday to try to convince the Town Council to ask the state to scale down its upgrade of Southwest Avenue. The state Department of Transportation wants to widen the road from Narragansett Avenue to Mackerel Cove to 32 feet. The plan includes two 12- foot travel lanes, and two 4-foot concrete sidewalks that would be on both sides of the avenue. There would be curbs to improve the drainage of storm runoff.

Following the regular worship service last Sunday, the title of Jamestown’s Quaker Meetinghouse on North Main Road was transferred to the Jamestown Historical Society, who has been charged with preservation and maintenance of the 1787 building.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Sept. 26, 2002

Bridge delays, highway barn site occupy council. Highway departments – the state’s and the island’s – were among agenda items of concern to the Town Council at its meeting Monday at the town library.

(Photo caption) The Town Council is considering keeping the highway bay at Fort Wetherill.

Skateboarders and in-line skaters will have to wait until Oct. 15 to see if they get a skate park by the end of the year, and what kind of park it will be.

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