2013-10-17 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of October 17
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, Oct. 17, 1913

Arrangements are being made by a moving picture concern to give two shows a week during the winter in the dancing hall of the Gardner House.

A string of 58 tautog, including a 10-pounder, was caught Thursday afternoon by Messrs. Arnold, Alderson and Littlefield.

Mr. I.H. Clarke and party have returned from a week at Peckham’s camp at Beavertail. Although the weather was bad, more than 1,500 pounds of tautog were caught off the rocks.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 14, 1938

Approval has been received from Washington for a WPA project to refloat the stranded Governor Carr aground since the Sept. 21 storm.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 17, 1938

Mrs. Peter F. Drury of Plymouth Road has been appointed to instruct the voters how to operate the voting machines, and will be at the Town Hall each day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m.

WPA men are making repairs to the Bay Shore House on Narragansett Avenue, which was somewhat damaged in the recent storm, and which will house the men who will assist in the work of salvaging steamer Governor Carr.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 14, 1963

Jamestown Town Council President Harold E. Shippee last night said that he plans to arrange an open meeting in Jamestown to pinpoint the exact location of the proposed Newport Bay Bridge in Jamestown, and the bridge’s approaches. From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 16, 1963

Jamestown hunters and shooters held a rifle shoot on Sunday at the Sherman Farm in Jamestown. From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 17, 1963

President Kennedy yesterday signed legislation permitting the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to operate the Mount Hope Bridge and to use its revenues towards maintenance and costs of the proposed $35,000,000 Newport Bay Bridge. From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 19, 1963

Revenue from the Jamestown Bridge for the first 17 days this month showed an increase of 25 percent over the same period last year. Total revenue was $11,486.28, an increase of $2,322.12. Traffic also showed an increase, chiefly due to excellent weather. John B. Foley reported 36,769 crossing, an increase of 21 percent over last year’s period.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Oct. 18, 1988

What could be the largest Indian burial site on the eastern seaboard may force design changes in a proposed $3.2 million addition to Jamestown School. In March, voters approved the new 41,500-square-foot addition. The plan calls for eight new classrooms and a library to be built in a line connecting the north and south wings of the existing school. Two new junior high school classrooms would have been added to the northwest corner of the building, and a large administrative wing would have been built on the southwest corner.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 15, 1998

Reiterated once again at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting were concerns about “cleaning up” Southwest Avenue. Residents along the dusty, bumpy path of construction, as well as town officials, stand together on this issue.

(Photo caption) Eagerly anticipating the starter’s gun, nearly 200 cyclists cue up on Conanicus Avenue, prepared to race around the island as fast as they can peddle.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 16, 2003

The state recently released the newest school performance classifications and both Jamestown schools are categorized as “high performing” schools, which means that they have already met goals that the federal government set for schools to reach by 2011.

Columbus Day means bicycle racing in Jamestown, and this year’s holiday was as pleasant a day as a bike racer could get for the 28th annual Jamestown Classic around-the-island bike race. Over 500 bicyclists, many from Jamestown, compete in the morning race.

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