2012-11-01 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 1
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, Nov. 1, 1912

Messrs. W.H. Brooks, G.A. Clarke, George C. Carr and C.B. Clarke have returned from a week’s outing at Peckham’s camp at Beavertail.

Little mackerel are being caught in larger numbers from the wharves on the east side of the island. The water seems to be alive with them but a little cooler weather is needed to make them bite better.

For the lateness of the season the number of excursionists who visited the island Sunday was unusually large, owing to the exceptionally fine weather. Fully a third of the outing parties came for the purpose of fishing for tautog and mackerel, every projecting point and rock at Beavertail and the Dumplings, where the fish are usually caught, being occupied from early morning until well into the afternoon. The fish, however, failed to bite well and no large catches were made.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 1, 1937

About 150 children attended the masquerade Halloween party at the Thomas H. Clarke School Saturday evening.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 2, 1937

Sixteen automobiles, with hunters, arrived from Saunderstown on the first trip Monday morning. Teddy Kaiser reported shooting a hawk Monday, which measured 42 inches from tip to tip.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 1, 1962

Nearly 300 children attended the Jamestown Boys’ Club Halloween party last night. A penny carnival preceded the judging of costumes. Cider, apples and doughnuts were served.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 5, 1962

Nearly 200 members of Captain Kidd’s 4-H Clubs of Jamestown and their families attended awards night in Holy Ghost Hall on Saturday night.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 3, 1987

The Town Council expanded the area for moorings near Dutch Island Monday night, despite cries from fishermen that the area should be cut back.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 4, 1987

Newport County residents Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the preservation of open spaces on Aquidneck Island and Jamestown. Accordingly, voters also approved the state’s $65.2 million open space bond issue.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct.

30, 1997

The Town Council Monday voted unanimously to encourage the preservation of Conanicut Battery, a Revolutionary War fortification on town-owned land off Battery Lane.

The Jamestown school will no longer celebrate holidays like Halloween unless they can be taught within the context of a specific curriculum.

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Jack-O’-Lantern Jog on Sunday. A total of 208 participants dressed up in costumes of all shapes and sizes and laced up their running shoes for the 5K run or walk, and 206 of them crossed the finish line.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct.

31, 2002

The Town Council Monday purposely took no action on a state violation of a written contract about outdoor storage at the marine fisheries operation at Fort Wetherill

Eight Howland Avenue residents spoke out against locating another cellular antenna on the nearby water tower at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Zoning Board of Review. Although the cellular antenna is attached to the water tower, ground equipment is used to operate it. Verizon proposes to build a 12-by-30- foot shed to house this equipment.

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