2012-11-08 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of November 8

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, November 8, 1912

C.E. Weeden has sold for the Jamestown Land Company, lots 38 and 42 on Shoreby Hill, including the old Green Farm buildings, to Ernest W. Cambell of Boston.

The water supply, which is the lowest for years, will be helped to a considerable extent by the rain of Friday afternoon and night. It is estimated that about an inch fell.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 5, 1937

Discontinuance of the ferry service from Jamestown to Saunderstown after Friday, Nov. 19, for the winter months, was announced today by the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company. It was said the ferry discontinuance was being inaugurated to reduce the winter financial operating expenses to which the company had been subjected.

Armistice Day exercises with commander of the Jamestown Post American Legion, the Rev. A.C. Larned, as the speaker, will be held at the Carr School at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and at the Thomas H. Clarke at 2:30.

From the Newport Daily News, November 10, 1937

Captain George Manders is retiring from duty as keeper of Beavertail Light, Jamestown, after 24 years. Two adventures as highlights in the life Captain Manders, include the rescue 35 years ago, at Narragansett Pier, of the casino steward from heavy seas when the life guards were unable to launch their boat, and when Mr. Manders’ dory was repeatedly capsized. The captain with a lifeline around his waist swam through the heavy surf to reach the exhausted steward and bring him to shore. He received a Carnegie hero medal.

He had a novel experience at Pennfield when he captured an armed bandit and turned him over to the police.

The Armistice Ball held Thursday evening at the grange hall, under the auspices of the American Legion, was largely attended by Legion and Auxiliary members and friends. At 11 o’clock all stood in silence in memory of those who died in the service. The grand march was led by past Commander Jesse C. Tefft and Mrs. William Boone, president of the Legion Auxiliary, with Bowen’s orchestra furnishing the music. During intermission the auxiliary served refreshments.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

November 7, 1962

Jamestown Democrats apparently picked up a state Senate seat and won all other contested offices in yesterday’s general election. Francis R. Costa, Democratic candidate for state senator, led Sen. Chester J. Greene, Republican, by 81 votes, 600-519. Rep. James A. Gallagher defeated Frederick C. Caswell, Republican, by 176 votes. From the Newport Daily News,

November 8, 1962

The Jamestown School Committee last night approved the purchase of equipment for the physical education program at the Jamestown school. This will include a piece of portable gym equipment known as the “muscle Man,” at a cost of $298; two climbing ropes, $90.40; hoist for ropes, $15; four gym mats, $220.80; for a total of cost for the program of $624.20. From the Newport Daily News,

November 9, 1962

Registration for the dance classes, now being held at the Jamestown school, numbered 101. This total includes 71 pupils from grades 6, 7 and 8, and 30 students from the senior high school group.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

November 10, 1987

The Town Council stood firm on Monday on a Nov. 18 public hearing on a proposed harbor ordinance.

The council approved a recommendation to have an architect draw up a plan for transforming the lobby of the recreation center into part of the police station. The general plan would also include two new restrooms and a new entrance to the center, possibly from the rear of the building, into what is now the stage area. The council voted to advertise an ordinance change, which would increase the fee for dumping at the transfer station to $25 and the fine for littering and illegal dumping to $200.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

November 6, 1997

Aftera21/2-hourpublicworkshop on proposed state plans to build a marine fisheries laboratory at Fort Wetherill boat basin, the Town Council will take up the topic again on Monday, Nov. 10.

In recent years Jamestown has suffered the loss of several town planners, who left to take higher paying positions elsewhere, but things are looking up with the hiring of Lisa Bryer.

Neighbors were not happy with plans proposed by a group of parents to build a skate park at the “dirt pile” site in the northwest corner of the school’s athletic field.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

November 7, 2002

Sen. Teresa Paiva Weed won big with both Jamestown and Newport voters Tuesday, defeating opponent Janine Atamian by a 3-1 margin.

The players all gathered in the Jamestown library on Monday night, and the voice of dissent was heard, drawing applause from the packed meeting room on many occasions, but the MV Dauriya will most likely anchor again in the waters off Jamestown this winter. The vessel was a 400-foot-long mackerel and herring processing boat from Russia.

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