2013-10-03 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of october 3

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, Oct. 3, 1913

At the Town Council meeting, R.G.P. Hull was made a committee to dispose of the lampposts not in use in the town. The petition of A.B. Jeffries and others, for hydrants on Shoreby Hill, was taken from the table and a vote was passed authorizing the placing of two hydrants.

Hotel Thorndike is receiving a new coat of paint. The color is changed to a light yellow, which greatly improves its appearance.

As a fitting close to a season of great activity in Jamestown real estate, J.B. Parsonage & Son announced that they have sold for Mrs. Fidelia S. Phinny of Yonkers, N.Y., the Bay Shore Hotel property on Narragansett Avenue to Samuel Smith. The sale includes all the furniture and fixtures of the hotel.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 1, 1938

Following approval of the proposed bridge over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay by better than a 10 to 1 ratio by Jamestown voters at a special election held Friday, it was announced today that immediate steps will be taken to communicate the result to PWA authorities in Washington and to various officials, with the request that prompt allotment of funds be made.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 3, 1938

There were many visitors at Beavertail Light during the day Sunday to view the destruction caused by the tidal wave. Much of the shoreline had been washed away, and revealed the foundation of the first lighthouse built on that point.

The second typhoid immunization treatment was given to nearly 200 people at the fire station Monday evening.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 5, 1938

Ferryboat Narragansett loaned by the government to the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company went into service between Newport and Jamestown today, and the schedule disrupted by the hurricane returned to a near normal condition. The Tyrer, loaned by the Department of Commerce, was ordered to Gloucester Tuesday to aid storm refugees there.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 1, 1963

A party will mark the opening of women’s afternoon bowling on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Jamestown Bowling Lanes.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 3, 1988

Sail Newport is opposed to the Coast Guard’s proposal to dismantle the Brenton Reef Light tower, a familiar marker in Rhode Island Sound for East Coast and transatlantic yachtsmen. Coast Guard officials claim it will cost too much to maintain the 165-foot-long steel legs of the tower.

At the Town Council meeting, two sealed bids were opened for plumbing work at Fort Wetherill, where the highway department will locate its garage. The contract was awarded to A.J. Deterra Plumbing and Heating on the low bid of $275. The work includes furnishing and connecting a 500-gallon septic tank, and also connecting sink and toilet, with the town providing the later two items and the highway department doing the excavation work.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct.

1, 1998

A proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow a ferry service carrying up to 49 passengers per trip and satellite parking on lots designated commercial limited, commercial downtown and commercial waterfront was tabled by the Town Council Monday.

The Town Council has voted to increase the tax exemption and to put a cap on the amount of property assessment that will be exempt, but hard numbers for that cap amount and for minimum and maximum annual incomes have yet to be determined.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct.

2, 2003

While it seems several mainland advocacy groups – as well as a few media outlets - have begun a debate about turning the old Jamestown Bridge into a tourist attraction, the word in Jamestown appears to remain unchanged: the old bridge should go.

Crews from Aetna Bridge of Pawtucket are working to repair and replace catwalks and ladders on the underside of the Newport Pell Bridge, which maintenance crews regularly use for bridge inspections. The contract for the repairs is worth $744,444.

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