This Week In Island History
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, June 13, 1913
The new truck for the ferry company’s automobile stage across the island arrived today from the works. It was manufactured expressly for the service it is to perform, by the Packard Motor Company, and it is equipped with a 36-horsepower motor, which should enable it to give a more satisfactory service than the old one. Its carrying capacity is almost double any previously used on the route.
Servants have arrived to put M.J.M. Whitall’s cottage in readiness for the family.
The cable to go under underground across the government reservation at Fort Wetherill for the electric lighting company has arrived and everything is ready for it to be put in place.
75 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, June 10, 1938
The boys of the sixth, seventh and eighth grades of the Thomas H. Clarke School and several Rogers High School boys, 52 in number (accompanied by two school officials), attended the ball game between the Red Sox and Cleveland teams in Boston Thursday, being guests of the former team. A stop was made for lunch and the party returned in the evening.
From the Newport Daily News, June 14, 1938
A deed has been filed in the town clerk’s office in Jamestown conferring title to the Harry R. Horgan property to the town pursuant to a vote taken by the people at the annual Financial Town Meeting. With one building, the old Knowles house opposite the Bay View Hotel, already being torn down by Mr. Horgan, town officials were taking steps to see if WPA assistance could be secured to push through a project along the plans submitted by Ross Harrison, an interested summer resident, which have already been tentatively approved. These plans call for the creation of a breakwater and yacht basin and a parking space on the waterfront.
G.H. Johnson of the New England Vocational Service will address the Conanicut Grange Wednesday evening on the three fastest growing industries: aircraft, air conditioning and diesel engines.
50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,
June 11, 1963
A Jamestown woman placed third in the Jamestown Hunters final shoot of the season with highpowered rifles yesterday at the Sherman Farm.
At the Town Council meeting, nonresident fees at Fort Getty and Mackerel Cove recreation areas were raised from $2 to $4 for season tickets. Resident fees will be the same – $1 for season parking. Daily parking for out-of-town visitors will be $1. From the Newport Daily News,
June 15, 1963
Fifty Jamestown students received diplomas at graduation exercises at Jamestown School last night, before a capacity audience of parents and friends.
25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,
June 11, 1988
John Shehan and Drew Eastbrook busily measured and cut paneling for the walls of their restaurant kitchen. About 25 feet away a sliding glass door led to a side porch, which used to have a very nice scenic overlook of Narragansett Bay. With the bridge more than two years away from completion, the two entrepreneurs decided to try their luck at the site. Mr. Pipes, owner Paul Pires, moved his business to Middletown two years ago when bridge crews were busy. But a look at the construction site now shows the inactivity of a ghost town. From the Newport Daily News,
June 14, 1988
The Town Council Monday approved nearly $1 million in land purchases to preserve open space. Two land purchases, which total about 23 acres, must be approved by the state to qualify for 75 percent state funding.
Town officials Monday night discussed building an addition to the southeast corner of the police station to provide more space.
15 years ago
From the Jamestown Press,
June 11, 1998
The Town Council voted 4-0 to hire Arlene Kalooski, an island resident, as the new town clerk.
The state Department of Transportation will continue the upgrade construction project on Southwest Avenue in about 10 days. An archeological survey looking for Indian burial remains will also continue in the construction corridor as the work progresses.
10 years ago
From the Jamestown Press,
June 12, 2003
More than 75 well-wishers were on hand last week to witness the appointment of longtime teacher Kathleen Almanzor to the newly established post of principal of the Melrose Avenue School.
In its third meeting since the May election, the Town Council session on Monday lasted more than five hours dealing with some perennial problems while rescheduling other recurring issues for future meetings.