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 27, 1913
Not only are more cottages occupied than is usual in June, but the matter of hotel arrivals is far ahead of anything the town has had for years. Even with the new Thorndike in readiness, it is doubtful if accommodations can be secured on the island for more than 100 who might overflow from Newport on Naval day.
Barge Ann has finally discharged coal for the ferry company.
A shipment of furniture for the new Thorndike has arrived from New York.
75 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1938
The graduates dance held at the Grange Hall Friday evening, and sponsored by the Conanicut Grange, drew a capacity crowd. Bowen’s orchestra played for dancing.
From the Newport Daily News, June 28, 1938
At the meeting of the Jamestown Historical Society, it was voted that the secretary write Hugh Taylor of Newport, asking him to take photographs of the old elm at the 1776 Carr homestead and of the large elms on the Thomas Carr Watson farm on North Main Road.
From the Newport Daily News, June 30, 1938
At the School Committee meeting, Fred C. Clarke stated that he had been able to secure a telephone booth for use at the Carr School.
50 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, June 25, 1963
The gross revenue of the Jamestown Bridge for the first 23 days of June was $19,763.70, down $1,631.69 from the same period in 1962. Traffic for this same period, as compared with 1962, was 37,589, or up 3,088. Singelis Painting Co. was awarded the contract to for painting the bridge for $12,000.
Public housing for the elderly was outlined at the Jamestown Town Council last night by Dr. Mary Mulvey, public housing consultant for the Housing & Home Finance Agency. According to the 1960 census, Jamestown has 277 citizens over 65 years eligible for federal housing aid and 383 60-year-olds at the time of the census. Dr. Mulvey said that 25 units would be a conservative number of units to provide and suggested that 50 units would be a more economical long-range request to make. From the Newport Daily News,
June 27, 1963
A harbor defense exercise is to be held at Fort Burnside in Jamestown with a total of 100 officers and men participating.
25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,
June 25, 1988
Swimmers from Maine to New Jersey, with ages spanning half a century, will gather for the 12th annual Save the Bay Swim fundraiser Aug. 6. More than 300 swimmers, rowers and spotters will make the 2.5-mile crossing of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay from Newport to Jamestown. From the Newport Daily News,
June 27, 1988
The Town Council will meet with the waterfront authority tonight to discuss the proposed harbor ordinance.
15 years ago
From the Jamestown Press,
June 25, 1998
By last Friday, archeologists completed an exploration of the potential Narragansett Indian burial site that had held up the state Department of Transportation’s work on Southwest Avenue last month, and determined it was not a grave.
Jamestown graduated 64 eighthgrade students at a ceremony June 18 at the Lawn Avenue School gymnasium.
10 years ago
From the Jamestown Press,
June 26, 2003
(Photo caption) The honor guard and fife and drum corps from the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment were on hand Saturday for the flag raising at the Conanicut Battery Park.
Sixty-one students graduated from the Lawn Avenue School at a pomp-filled ceremony last Monday night.
North Kingstown High School graduated 40 Jamestown students in the class of 2003 at a ceremony held June 20 in the school’s athletic stadium.