2013-06-06 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of june 6
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, May 30, 1913

Work on the transformer house for the electric lighting company has been commenced by Contractor Kirwin of Newport. The building, which will be a small affair, will be located near the entrance of the Clothier property at the Dumplings.

A movement is on foot to make war on the tent caterpil­lar, which is more numerous this year than ever before on the island. Many of the trees, especially the wild cherries, are being denuded of leaves. The improvement society has had men destroying the nests about the streets of the town proper, but as there are not sufficient funds available to ex­tend the work outside of town, an effort headed by Dr. A.M. Mendenhall to interest the small boys to help in the work of eradicating the pest is planned.

The reduced telephone rates between the island and New­port went into effect June 1.

The summer mail schedule has gone into effect, there now being a Sunday mail and a late daily mail out.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1938

At its 184th commencement today, Columbia Univer­sity will confer an honorary degree of doctor of letters on Thomas Mann, self-exiled German novelist, critic and No­bel Prize winner, who, with his wife, has taken up residence in Jamestown to remain through June. They are guests of Miss Caroline Newton, of Philadelphia, who turned over her cottage to them for the present.

From the Newport Daily News, June 4, 1938

Following a short meeting, the Boys Scouts held a track meet at the Thomas H. Clarke School Friday evening.

The pupils of the seventh and eighth grades of the Thomas H. Clarke School held a tea dance at the school Friday after­noon. There was an attendance of 50.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 2, 1963

The two sixth grades at Jamestown School visited Mystic Seaport last week.

Point View Hotel in Jamestown opened on May 29 for the season.

The Jamestown Town Council last night considered plans for a town highway barn and civic center and made known it has petitioned the Superior Court for permission to fore­close on a tax lien that would give the town clear control of 57 1/2 acres at Potter’s Point.

One plan for a new town barn, including a new compres­sor for the fire whistle, razing the old barn and making other improvements would cost $32,000. The second plan, for a new civic center including the renovation of the Clarke School to house town departments, would cost $75,000. The third plan, calling for an expenditure of $260,000, provides $200,000 for a new civic center building and $60,000 for moving the town departments.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 3, 1988

Bridge repair workers were dozing in pickup trucks on the Jamestown Bridge early this morning, despite a 24-hour-a- day contract to repair the span’s deck, a motorist said today.

From the Newport Daily News, June 6, 1988

Some Newport bound commuters, expecting traffic de­lays on the Jamestown Bridge, arrived early for work this morning when they discovered no one working on the bridge. Beginning Tuesday, repair work on the 48-year-old span, which caused massive traffic backups last week, will be conducted 12 hours a day instead of round the clock.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 4, 1998

The Town Council called an emergency session Sunday evening to act on the state Depart­ment of Transportation’s lack of communication with Jamestown regarding its plans for further work on Southwest Avenue.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 5, 2003

Less restrictive water regula­tions now in effect: It looks like

it will be a good growing summer for local gardeners and a clean July for boats, cars and houses, but a green lawn season only to the extent that nature prevails. That is the season’s outlook for the town’s 1,520 water customers. “Protect Jamestown’s rural character” is the opening line of the comprehensive plan, which is the document that the town’s gov­ernment is supposed to follow.

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