2013-09-12 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of september 12
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, Sept. 12, 1913

The public schools opened Monday morning after a vacation of more than two months. The enrollment was such that the lowest grade was put in the Town Hall, which had been fitted for the purpose in anticipation of an overflow. It is thought, however, that that the little ones can be cared for better in the regular school building and that they will be changed and one of the classes of older pupils moved to the Town Hall.

Lighter Archer discharged a deck load of lumber at Ferry Wharf Thursday for local contractors.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 8, 1938

The number of pupils is 321. This is the largest enrolment in the history of the school, and is an increase of 20 pupils over last year.

There will be a block party Saturday evening at 8 o’clock on the East Shore Road opposite the Bay View Hotel. Music for dancing will be furnished by the William H. Vanderbilt’s sound truck.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 10, 1938

The tennis courts at the Thomas H. Clarke School are being put in condition for use.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 14, 1938

The regular meeting of the Jamestown Historical Society will be held at St. Matthew’s parish hall Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, at 3:30. Leon Hull will speak on Jamestown gleanings from old newspapers. Tea and a visit to the old windmill will follow.

Wreckers have commenced razing the three remaining buildings owned by the town at the east waterfront.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 15, 1938

Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Thomas H. Clarke School, a picture on the manufacture of safety glass will be shown. The public is invited to attend.

The Rhode Island League of Women Voters held their annual meeting at Point View House at Conanicut Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 9, 1963

Nearly 200 persons attended the Jamestown Lions Club annual chicken barbecue held Saturday at seaside camp at Conanicut Park.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 10, 1963

Harold E. Shippee, Jamestown Town Council president, last night told the council that the Navy has no immediate plan, if any, for closing Beavertail to the public, according to information given him by the Navy, and he felt there was no need for fishermen to be concerned about that area. The town will continue to protest any blasting in this area. The Army Engineers will hold a hearing on the barriers and on blasting at this area, sometime in the winter.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 12, 1988

The Zoning Board of Review last Thursday upheld the Planning Commission’s rejection of a 26-house subdivision next to the former town landfill.

From the Newport Daily News, Sept. 13, 1988

The Town Council Monday night endorsed a building committee plan to further investigate expanding the police station at its existing site. In its report, the committee said it was aware that solid arguments could be made for building a brand new station elsewhere in town. But several factors led it to recommend further study on the existing site.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 10, 1998

Between now and Oct. 30, the state Department of Transportation will be accepting bids on five houses near Route 138 in Jamestown that are on the auction block. The houses were purchased by the state years ago because they were in the way of construction when the road was widened into a fourlane limited-access highway.

Jamestown was one of several communities in the state to receive grants last week from the governor’s office, and the money will help the town preserve open space.

10 years ago 

From the Jamestown Press, Sept. 11, 2003

The much debated issue of term limits for members of town boards, commissions and committees was decided by the Town Council Monday night. The restrictions on term limits set by the voter-approved amendment to the Town Home Rule Charter are meant to apply from now on rather than retroactively.

A number of islanders are scurrying to put the finishing touches on what should be a fun weekend in celebration of the 325th anniversary of the signing of Jamestown’s original charter.

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