2013-08-29 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of August 29

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, Aug. 29, 1913

Five bids were received by the Town Council for the construction of a sewer on Howland Avenue. They were from A.A. Boone, L.W. Anthony, Alton Head, L.E. Peckham and Antone Sylvia. The contract was awarded to Antone Sylvia, who agrees to complete the work by Dec. 1.

R.G.P. Hull was made a committee to have improvements made to the Town Hall.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 25, 1938

At the School Committee meeting, the conduct of pupils on the ferry was brought up for discussion, and the opinion was given that a note of warning should be given pupils at the beginning of the school year, so that no ferry passes should be forfeited for misbehavior.

In speaking of the old elm tree at the Carr Homestead, it was stated that at the meeting of the historical society Tuesday afternoon that the spread was 132 feet and the girth 17 feet.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 27, 1938

A large number of the summer colony attended the barn dance at the country club Friday evening. The ballroom was decorated with corn stalks and farming implements. Cows, sheep and poultry made the farm scene realistic, and the dancers were in farmers attire.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 26, 1963

Some 450 persons attended the annual Jonny Cake day at the Jamestown Windmill on Saturday. Lunch at the 1787 mill drew the largest crowd ever.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 27, 1963

At the Town Council meeting, Harold E. Shippee, coun- cil president, announced that he had received yesterday from the Navy permission for use of the storage shed at Fort Wetherill for the town highway department. Shippee said that one of the requirements is that the building be insured for $50,000, which he said that they were aware of. The utilities, such as heat, light and power, will also be provided by the town. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 29, 1963

The Jamestown School Committee last night adopted an ungraded primary plan, which includes kindergarten through grade three.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 26, 1988

A state transportation official insisted last week that construction of the cross-island bridgeconnector road would begin next year on schedule. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 30, 1988

The state Department of Transportation announced this morning that Perini Brothers of Framingham, Mass., has been hired to oversee the construction of the new Jamestown Bridge.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 27, 1998

Recent discussions to lower Newport Bridge tolls were abruptly halted last week after a new cash-flow analysis was presented at a meeting of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

The Town Council Monday voted against the commercial fishermen, who use the wooden pier at East Ferry, special parking privileges.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 28, 2003

Jamestown’s public high-school students will have a few extra days of summer vacation this year due to the inability of the North Kingstown School Department and the teachers union to come to an agreement on who pays what for medical insurance co-payments.

An anonymous letter sent to the Town Council claims that seasonal campers at Fort Getty are not happy with the conditions and services that the town-owned campground offers them for their money. Signed “The Loyal Seasonal Campers,” the letter says that the park lacks adequate security personnel, has faulty and mismanaged facilities, and suffers from the misuse of day-trippers or weekend campers.

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