2013-07-25 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of july 25
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 25, 1913

Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Coates loaned their lawn for the annual lawn party given by Miss Griggs for her Bible class. The returns were satisfactory and will be used for aiding the old and helpless for another year.

During the week between 1,200 and 1,500 letters have been written in the Y.M.C.A. tent at Fort Greble, and more than 300 postcards have been sold and sent to friends of the soldiers of the R.I. National Guard.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 22, 1938

The new handicraft shop at Camp Seaside is proving popular. An old barn adjoining the campgrounds was given to the camp at the close of the 1937 season, and during the spring was converted into the craft shop where the campers are working on many craft projects. On the upper floor, table tennis is played. The cottage by the sea has recently been acquired by the Providence Y.M.C.A. The cottage is a guesthouse for business and professional women who want to spend their vacation at the seashore.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 23, 1963

The Jamestown Town Council last night appointed a housing authority as a preliminary step in building a federal housing unit for the elderly. This authority will investigate the need for such a housing unit, and report back to the council at a later date.

From the Newport Daily News, July 27, 1963

Record 13,000 crowd at folk festival opening: Leaving their cars in Jamestown, hundreds proceeded by foot to make the ferry crossing as foot passengers. They came in such numbers that they were barred from several trips after 500, the legal capacity of foot passengers, had been permitted aboard.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

July 26, 1988

Although the construction of a new police station is still an option, the town’s building committee is leaning toward expansion of the recreation center to give the Police Department more room. The recreation center and the Police Department share the same building.

From the Newport Daily News,

July 28, 1988

Less than six weeks after Jamestown Bridge repairs caused massive traffic jams, state transportation officials said more deck repairs are needed on the span again.

From the Newport Daily News,

July 30, 1988

(Photo caption) Jamestown firefighter Lt. Mark Amaral checks the ladder Friday before allowing William Smith to climb atop the Jamestown windmill to fix shingles.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 23, 1998

A completed traffic study on the feasibility of reducing the price of a token on the Newport Bridge was reviewed by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and local legislators last week. The study outlined the projected impact on revenue for three separate plans – one, to continue with the existing toll structure of 10 tokens for $10 and a $1 per axle charge for larger vehicles; two, to offer a rate of 10 tokens for $8 and a $1.50 per axle rate; and a third option, to charge $10 for 12 commuter tokens and $1 for each additional axle. The option preferred by the Jamestown’s state legislators is the third.

With a goal of raising the water level in the water tower to 85 feet, the Town Council was told that the tower level was now just over 70 feet.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 24, 2003

The 27th annual Save the Bay Swim saw a record 304 swimmers cross the bay on a perfect summer day. Of the 304 swimmers who completed the race, the winner took just 37 minutes to forge the 1.7 mile course, and the last one at the beach at Potters Cove took 1 hour and 43 minutes. Each swimmer must come up with a minimum of $175 in pledges to participate in the race, and the overall take for Swim the Bay is expected to be over $100,000.

(Headline) Plans underway for the town’s 325th birthday celebration.

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