2013-07-18 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of july 18
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 18, 1913

The baseball teams from the Wyoming and the transports in the harbor are ashore daily for practice.

That Jamestown is having the largest season in its history as a summer resort was in evidence Tuesday evening when the fire alarm rang. In a few minutes the streets were filled with automobiles, carriages and people on foot.

(Advertisement) A delightful summer cottage at Jamestown, R.I., for balance of season, $275. Owing to a change in the family arrangement, I have for sub rental this very pretty cottage for balance of season, four family, two servants’ bedrooms, etc.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 19, 1938

The Town Council, at a special meeting, gave the contract for the work of tearing down buildings north of the old telegraph office to Nikolas Hrycoj of Fall River for $40. The firm given the contract is now tearing down the Hotel Thorndike.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 17, 1963

Thirty-five young people attended coed night last night, sponsored by the Jamestown Boys’ Club. A softball game preceded the marshmallow roast at the recreation field.

From the Newport Daily News, July 22, 1963

The new parish house of St. Matthew’s Church in Jamestown was dedicated yesterday morning by the retired Rev. John Seville Higgins, bishop of Rhode Island. A reception followed by some 300 persons in the new building.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 19, 1988

The town buildings committee will recommend that the recreation center be retained as town property even if a new police station is built elsewhere in town. During debate last winter about expanding the police station into the recreation center lobby, some opponents of the plan argued that the town should sell the valuable property overlooking Narragansett Bay.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 16, 1998

A ban on all outside residential municipal water uses went into effect Monday at midnight, and anyone who violates the prohibition on car and boat washing, lawn and garden watering, and pond filling, faces a $500 fine.

The town may establish a loading zone and an emergency vehicle access near the wooden pier at East Ferry, and it may also issue eighthour parking stickers to the commercial fishermen who use that dock.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 17, 2003

The Jamestown Fire Department responds to nearly 700 calls a year, many of them being on the water and many being a life or death situation in which every minute makes all the difference in the world to a distressed swimmer or boater. At Monday night’s Town Council meeting, the council agreed to replace the 13-year-old fireboat, which recently sank, with a stateof the-art fast response boat called the Protector.

The Jamestown School Committee voted unanimously to accept the new high school tuition agreement with the North Kingstown school department. In all, some $1,000 per pupil will be saved by Jamestown as a result of the negotiation.

The town of Jamestown has established a tree trust fund that will allow island residents to purchase trees to be planted on public property throughout the town.

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