2013-10-31 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of October 31
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. 31, 1913

At the Town Council meeting, Mr. F.M. Clements of the Boston compressed air fire alarm, Mr. A.P. Loper of the Loper fire alarm of Stonington, and Mr. R.J. Horton of Providence, made brief remarks. Mr. Clements said the Gamewell system can be heard 2 miles. Mr. Loper said his whistle can be heard 10 miles under all conditions.

A petition from Dr. Bates, asking a permit to keep swine on his place, was granted until further notice.

A communication was received from Town Clerk Severance, stating that a moving picture show is running in the Gardner House without a license. A committee was ap- to look into the matter.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 26, 1938

The WPA placed 22 men of the ferry company on their pay roll Tuesday.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 27, 1938

At the School Committee meeting, the rate of tuition for students attending Rogers High School was announced as $139.41.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 29, 1938

Mrs. Frank E. Weeden, chairman of the Roll Call for the Jamestown Chapter, reports 109 memberships have so far been received.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 28, 1963

A 14-year-old boy (Arthur S. Clarke III) Friday caught a 48-pound, 4-ounce bass off Brenton’s Reef nearly 27 years to the day after his grandfather set a world record with his 65-pound striped bass.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 29, 1963

Jamestown police will crack down on parking violations in the vicinity of East Ferry, Police Chief Frederick C.B. Smyth promised the Town Council last night. Still pending is the establishment of a method of paying traffic tags in Jamestown.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 26, 1988

The candidates were friendly, the crowd was small and the issues were few at a Tuesday night debate between the Republican and the Democrat seeking to represent Jamestown and Newport residents in District 98.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 29, 1998

The Town Council Monday appointed two councilmen to draft a resolution expressing the town’s official stance on a proposal to dump millions of yards of “clean” dredged sediment into a large depression between Prudence and Hog islands.

Jamestown’s Conanicut Grange No. 21 is 109 years old today, Oct. 29.

Put on your sneakers and your Halloween mask – the 10th annual Jack-O’-Lantern Jog will kick off Sunday, Nov. 1.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 30, 2003

The Town Council Monday unanimously adopted an amendment to the town zoning ordinance that is intended to encourage lowand moderate-income housing to be built through a “streamlined” process.

Sunday’s annual Jack-O’-Lantern Jog saw 211 runners - many sporting wild outfits - wending their scary way through the streets of Jamestown to raise funds for further upgrades to the town’s community center.

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