This Week In Island History
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. 10, 1913
At a special meeting of the Town Council to consider the matter of a fire alarm, it was voted to make temporary repairs to the present bell and a committee was appointed to investigate and report on a more up-to-date alarm system.
Saturday the swell from the northerly blow caused steamer Conanicut to surge aground in the slip and carry away one of the heavy chains to one of the counterweights, making it impossible to take heavy wagons for a trip or two and putting the ferry behind schedule. Repairs were made in a short time and the lost time was made up during the afternoon.
75 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 6, 1938
Repairs are being made to the roof of the Central Baptist Church, which was damaged during the recent gale.
From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 8, 1938
WPA workers are clearing the Gardner House lawn of several large evergreen trees that were felled by the storm.
A songfest was held at the Friday afternoon assembly at the Thomas H. Clarke School, with all grades in the school attending.
From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 10, 1938
WPA workers started today building a temporary road across Mackerel Cove Beach on the Beavertail Road, which was washed away by the tidal wave.
50 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 7, 1963
Two new Captain Kidd’s 4-H Clubs were organized in Jamestown over the weekend.
From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 10, 1963
Stirred by complaints of rowdyism by Jamestown school children being transported at public expense on the Jamestown Ferry to attend schools in Newport, the Jamestown School Committee asked the state Department of Education whether it can legally suspend payments of ferry fare and school tuition for offenders.
25 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 11, 1988
Work on a cofferdam at the new Jamestown Bridge has been halted because of leaks, but a state transportation official said the problem was not unexpected.
From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 12, 1988
The Town Council Tuesday approved the transfer of the lease of the town dock space at West Ferry. Lorensen Associates of Mystic, Conn., is scheduled to purchase the Dutch Harbor Shipyard today. Before the closing on the property, though, the new owners needed council approval for the lease transfer.
15 years ago
From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 8, 1998
Testing in the new standards style is new to Jamestown, but despite being only in its second year, town students are already showing a marked improvement in various mathematics skills.
Before they have even come up with a recommendation, the townappointed Highway Garage Committee is under attack, and a growing number of north end residents are stepping forward to protest two proposed locations as well as the proposed size of the new public works barn.
10 years ago
From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 9, 2003
The Jamestown School Committee decided to discuss in closed session all further business concerning how to notify North Kingstown High School that it is preparing to look into possible alternatives to the current high school of record.
The newest extension of the Conanicut Island Greenway Trail, including an observation deck overlooking the marshlands, has surely made an Eagle Scout out of Stephen Walsh.