2012-10-25 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of October 25

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, Oct. 25, 1912

That a new hotel will replace the Thorndike, destroyed by fire on the night of Oct. 5 last, is an assured fact. The foundation for a building of the same length as the former, 200 feet, is being put in, a considerable section of the front wall, already being up. This wall is being built 30 feet farther back than the old one, which will give room for a lawn of that width between the building and the street.

The political campaign on the island was opened Tuesday evening by the Progressive Party with a rally at the Town Hall. The hall was well filled, among the audience being a number of women.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 23, 1937

At the assembly hour in the Thomas H. Clarke School Friday afternoon, an educational picture was shown by Superintendent Bradley, beginning with the cutting of logs in the Maine woods to the finished product [sic], and the mass production by machinery was shown.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 28, 1937

A bid for transporting high school pupils to the ferry was received by the School Committee from Norman F. Caswell, present bus driver, and the contract was awarded him at $2 per day. The bus will leave Conanicut Park at 7:30 a.m. and will take high school students living north of Potters Cove. The pupils return in the afternoon on the regular bus trip.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 24, 1962

The General Services Administration is offering for public sale the former Hull Cove military reservation at Jamestown. It embraces 1.85 acres on Beavertail north of the radar station. Improvements include a cable hut on each of two separate parcels of land, with an underground bunker on the larger tract.

The property was first offered the town of Jamestown under GSA procedures that give committees preference over individuals in disposing of surplus property. The town, after an inspection, notified GSA it was not interested because the property is neither suitable for recreation nor civil defense needs. Sealed bids for the property will be accepted until 2 p.m. on Nov. 26.

A sample voting machine has been installed at Town Hall in Jamestown. Those wishing to be instructed on its use may stop at the Town Hall between 9 a.m. and noon or from 1 to 5 p.m. any day before the election.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 23, 1987

The School Committee Thursday approved preliminary designs for a 24,000-square-foot addition to the Jamestown school. Architects McLeish and Johnson of East Greenwich have told the committee that the addition will cost about $2 million. A more detailed cost estimate will be submitted to the committee Nov. 5.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 30, 1987

Vandals broke into the Jamestown school late Thursday night or early the next morning, ransacked lockers, rifled teachers’ drawers and stole some band instruments.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 23, 1997

The Town Council will hold a public work session on the proposed volunteer-built park for skate boarders and in-line roller skaters next Wednesday. A group of parents calling themselves Jamestown Friends of Skaters want to build a skate park at the “dirt pile” in the corner of the soccer field at the Lawn Avenue school.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 24, 2002

The School Committee at the Oct. 22 meeting questioned the tuition rates for sending island students to North Kingstown High School and agreed to discuss the matter at its next meeting. This year, it is expected to cost $9,700 to send a Jamestown student to NKHS

The $5.5 million in bonds for the wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation has been approved at 1.6 percent interest for 20 years.

Herring and mackerel season is just around the corner in the North Atlantic and that can only mean one thing here in Jamestown: time to start the debate over the return of the Russian fish processing boat.

Jamestown’s main reservoir dropped this week to 52 inches below its spillway. The North Pond reservoir has been below half its capacity for more than a month. It is at half capacity when down 45 inches at the spillway, according to town officials.

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