2013-11-07 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 7
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, Nov. 7, 1913

Miss Margerita Rooney entertained about 40 young friends at a Halloween party at the Allen cottage Thursday evening, the guests being from Providence, Middletown, Newport and Jamestown.

A special meeting of the Town Council was held in the Town Hall Monday evening, all the members being present. The meeting was held to decide on a fire alarm system whistle for the town. The council decided on the Loper Signal whistle of Stonington, Conn., the price being $1,011 complete. The whistle is to be installed in 70 days.

Professor Nicholas gave a dance and social at the St. James Manor Tuesday evening, with a good attendance. The music was furnished by Peckham’s orchestra.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 1, 1938

At a Town Council meeting, a communication was received from the Ferry Company in regard to steamer Beavertail. The Scott Wrecking Company, it was said, would not salvage it, and asked what action the town would take in the matter.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 2, 1938

The public library will be open Saturdays only, beginning next Saturday, Nov. 5, until further notice.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 5, 1938

Formal notice that the Jamestown Bridge has been approved as a PWA project has been received. The toll bridge was approved for a grant not to exceed $1,404,000 by the Public Works Administration.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 7, 1938

A large number of out-of-town fishermen and hunters were in the island Sunday.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 9, 1938

Newport County rolled up an impressive Republican margin in the voting Tuesday, dominated by the support given William H. Vanderbilt of Portsmouth, the party’s candidate for governor. Jamestown, because of what political observers believed to be the recent $1,404,000 PWA grant for the proposed bridge, went Democratic by a slight margin.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 7, 1963

Swimming at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station pool will be available to Jamestown youngsters, 12 years of age and older, on Tuesday nights.

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 7, 1963

A parking ordinance was adopted last night by the Jamestown Town Council in a special meeting at the Town Hall whereby violators will pay $1 for the first offense, $2 for the second and $3 for the third, within a 12-month period.

It was reported that the Fire Department whistle, now on the old barn tower on Narragansett Avenue, would be moved to the new tower on the fire station within two weeks. It was voted to pay Merton C. Hull, local contractor, $1,277.65 for labor and material for the new tower and $259.35 to T.R. Kaiser, local electrician, for electrical work.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 1, 1988

In Jamestown, George Bush received 1,365 votes for president; Michael Dukakis received 1,205.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Nov.

5, 1998

In Jamestown’s hotly contested race for the District 98 seat in the state House of Representatives, incumbent George Levesque won by a slim margin of 141 votes, defeating Republican opponent Bill Murphy.

The 10th annual Jack-O’-Lantern Jog drew a crowd of nearly 250 runners and walkers who amused spectators with a costume display that sets the race apart from other sporting events.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Nov.

6, 2003

Town officials are working on issues pertaining to public access to the waters that surround Jamestown. Details of a legal opinion about implications of public access will be given tonight at the continuation of the public hearing on proposed Harbor Management Commission regulations.

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