2013-11-14 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 14
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. 14, 1913

The Jamestown Light & Water Company has surveyors at work at the North Pond to take more land to increase the supply.

Mr. T.D. Wright has nearly completed the building on the wharf at the East Ferry for Captain Petty, Mr. Ernest Littlefield and Mr. Jared Woodmansee. It is to have telephone and electric lights.

The Cady automobile moving truck of Providence went across the Newport and Saunderstown ferries. It went through the Beaver Tail’s driveway all right, but was unable to go through that of the J.A. Saunders, the boat being obliged to turn around and let the automobile back off.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 10, 1938

All veterans of the World War in Jamestown are invited to attend services in St. Matthew’s Church Sunday morning.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 15, 1938

Borings having started in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, announcement was made today that it was hoped to award the contracts for the construction of the Jamestown Bridge by Dec. 15. Actual work may be started before Dec. 31, the time limit set by the PWA, the work to be completed by June 30, 1940. It became known today for the first time that an augmented ferry service from Jamestown to Coddington Point is contemplated.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 12, 1963

The annual Armistice Day parade yesterday in Jamestown was directed by Arnold-Zweir American Legion Post. The Assumption Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of New Bedford played for the marching.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 13, 1963

Sixty-two Jamestown youngsters last night swam at Quonset Naval Air Station swimming pool under the supervision of Joseph Beatrice, recreation center director.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 14, 1963

The Jamestown School Committee and the town’s two garden clubs, Quononoquott and Jamestown, will appear at tonight’s Town Council meeting to urge a wider school access road on Lawn Avenue. The garden clubs are trying to save 12 trees scheduled to be removed to widen the road from 24 to 30 feet.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 12, 1988

The second concrete pour on the new Jamestown Bridge began Wednesday morning and should be completed this afternoon, state transportation officials said Wednesday. DOT has made no determination on how to proceed with Cofferdam 14, which has major leaks.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 15, 1988

The town building committee has proposed construction of a two-story addition to the police station (in the recreation center) to give police more space than they have now. Last March voters rejected a plan to expand the present building from 900 to 3,260 square feet.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 12, 1998

The Town Council Monday got a preview of what a building that consolidated Town Hall and all the other town offices into one structure might look like.

With one month to go before the state Department of Transportation “buttons up” Southwest Avenue for the winter, some concerns by residents remain, but many residents are satisfied with the responsiveness of the DOT. And one big point of contention – the composition of the sidewalk that will run along the west side of the road –was resolved by the Town Council Monday evening.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 13, 2003

An invasive red algae first found in Jamestown is rapidly spreading along the southern New England coast with unknown environmental consequences. Discovered in 1996 at Beavertail State Park, the algae is now found throughout Narragansett Bay and Long Island.

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