2013-07-03 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of july 3
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, July 4, 1913

There is more than the usual number of summer visitors, both cottagers and hotel guests, on the island for this season of the year, and the ferry to Newport is overtaxed on some trips to carry the carriages and automobiles. The double service, which went on today, will relieve this for the present, but it is a question if this kind of travel has not increased beyond the capacity of the company’s boats properly to care for it.

The electric light company has erected a small building on its property, south of the grammar school lot, for a cutting in station.

The new electric streetlights were burning Monday night, and to say that it was an improvement on the past is expressing it mildly. The spacing of the lights could be better, and in some places the lights are hampered by thick foliage of surrounding trees, but these are minor details that will be remedied. This service worked perfectly and those, whose cottages were connected, enjoyed a first-class lighting service.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 1, 1938

The season will be formally opened this evening, with a dance at the Beavertail Golf and Country Club, with a Newport orchestra furnishing the music.

From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1938

Jamestown experienced one of the safest and sanest Fourths in many years. No casualties were reported, and while many of the private homes had a display of fireworks, the night before and the holiday were unusually quiet.

Fishing was good at Beavertail and many fishermen from out of town were noted fishing from the rocks. There were also many luncheon and supper parties held on the rocks east of the light during the afternoon and evening.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1938

The Town Council approved the proposition to change over the steamroller belonging to the town, to a gas roller at a cost of $1,200. The work will be done at the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company machine shop.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 1, 1963

Camp Seaside in Jamestown, resident camp of the Providence YMCA, opened yesterday for the summer season with Miss Patricia Magee as director. Camp Seaside is affiliated with the American Camping Association. From the Newport Daily News,

July 2, 1963

Yesterday Mrs. John F. Kennedy and her children, Caroline, 5, and John Jr., 2, went to Jamestown and visited Pitcher’s Drug Store where the first lady bought Caroline and John ice cream cones. From the Newport Daily News,

July 5, 1963

The annual commodore’s tea held yesterday at the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown officially marked the opening of the season there.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

July 1, 1988

Jamestown’s 11th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta will be held Aug. 20 at the town beach at East Ferry. From the Newport Daily News,

July 5, 1988

State transportation officials have reached a sensitive point in their design of a cross-island connector road. Federal highway officials have issued a record of decision on the road’s environmental impact statement, which allows the state to proceed to the final design phase of the road.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 2, 1998

Finance Director Maryanne Crawford, an island resident, has been hired as Jamestown’s new town administrator.

Landscapes of Westport, Conn., and Charlotte, Vt., is the planning and landscape design firm hired by the Friends of the Conanicut Battery, under the auspices of the Jamestown Historical Society.

Eastern Utilities Associates has announced that it will sell its diesel powered generating units at Eldred Station, just south of Tashtassuc Road, in October, as part of a plan to divest all its power-supply assets.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 3, 2003

A new high school tuition deal for Jamestown students was approved by the North Kingstown School Committee at its June 25 meeting. The deal calls for freezing the current tuition, which is $9,576 per pupil, for the 2003-04 school year.

A report on unsafe conditions in town facilities was presented to that the June 23 Town Council meeting, with the town expected to respond in 45 days.

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