2013-08-22 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 22
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.

From the Newport Journal, Aug. 22, 1913

Jamestown was the scene Saturday of another land sale, which was full of interesting incidents. The property disposed of at auction consisted of about 60 lots on the west side of the island, a few minutes walk from Narragansett Avenue and about five minutes from the West Ferry. There were two parcels, the larger owned by Seth Pierce and the smaller by Mr. B.S. Cottrell.

About 60 members of the Central Baptist Bible School attended the annual picnic Friday in Round Swamp. Sen. Head provided conveyance, which took the party to the grove, which is situated on the west shore of the island, on Thomas Carr Watson’s property. Refreshments, which included a luncheon with ice cream and cake, were served. There was plenty of amusement for all, including good bathing.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 23, 1938

The swimming classes conducted by the Jamestown chapter of the American Red Cross at the West Ferry beach have concluded a successful five-week campaign. Sixty children received instruction and 34 awards were given.

The YWCA Seaside Camp at Conanicut Park has closed for the season.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 24, 1938

The annual meeting of the Jamestown Historical Society was held Tuesday afternoon in the historical room at St. Matthew’s parish house. William W. Weeden reported that the gravestones in the Four Corners cemetery had been cut and cleaned and returned to their respective places. It was voted that Mr. Weeden be authorized to have work done on the grave stones in the burial ground on the estate of the late Thomas H. Clarke.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 24, 1963

Jamestown taxpayers, at their special Financial Town Meeting recently, took a step forward by approving a proposal to borrow funds from federal agencies to plan a new town hall. There’s no question but that a new building is desirable to house a variety of town functions that now are either crowded into the limited space of the municipal structure – as is the Police Department in the recreation building. Planning for a new town hall, as approved by the taxpayers, 60-36, was left wide open so far as procedure is concerned, except that the Town Council was given authority to borrow an undetermined amount of money “to plan for a new town hall.” But the taxpayers made it clear that they know two alternatives exist – construction of an entirely new building, or conversion of the abandoned Clarke School on North Road.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 23, 1988

The Town Council Monday night approved a harbor management ordinance, the first major step toward managing the waters around Jamestown. The ordinance will be sent to the Coastal Resources Management Council, which has the final say. About 100 people crammed into the band room at the Jamestown School for the last in a series of public sessions about the ordinance. The local approval was the culmination of a process that began more than four years ago. In 1984 the town’s first attempt at a harbor ordinance was scuttled by an overwhelming and nearly unanimous protest from a wide variety of interested groups.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 20, 1998

The state Department of Environmental Management indicated in a meeting last week with local, state and federal representatives that it will revise its plans for developing a multibuilding aquatic resources center at Fort Wetherill.

Whatever the cause, fools turned out in record numbers Saturday morning to build a seaworthy vessel for the 21st annual Fools Rules Regatta sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club. By 10:30 a.m. this year, just prior to the signaling of the first race and about the same time the 230 T-shirts sold out, 59 crews had signed on.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 21, 2003

The Town Council has lifted all outdoor water-use bans for the month of August except for the restriction on watering lawns.

And as the 26th annual Fools Rules Regatta proved again last weekend, there’s plenty of fun – and community profit – to be had in acknowledging the fool inside us all. Light southwesterly winds on a sunny Saturday morning Aug. 16 provided the perfect weather for the event. (Note: There were 71 entries.)

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