2014-02-06 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 6
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, Feb. 6, 1914

The members of the Bayside Club had a corned beef supper served by the members of the whist team at its clubhouse on Knowles Court Monday evening. After the supper, the first round in the third series of the whist was played.

A new Maxwell touring car arrived Monday for Mr. C.E. Weeden.

The trawl fishermen made good catches of cod in the west bay this morning.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 3, 1939

By Feb. 15, operations on the construction of the Jamestown Saunderstown bridge will be in full swing with between 500 and 600 men, most of them skilled workers, employed on the project. Well underway at present is the construction of a base camp at Hazard’s quarry at Plum Beach in North Kingstown, about 2,000 feet from the spot where the approaches will strike mainland. Two buildings are nearly complete, a third has been started, and two more will be put up.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 6, 1939

Many of those employed on the Jamestown bridge will be from this city, it became known today. Chester W. Williams, in charge of employment registration here, said that all relief and non-relief workers desirous of employment on the bridge must first obtain social security numbers.

Passengers on the ferryboat Hammonton reported seeing several porpoises in the bay Saturday.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 4, 1964

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has moved ahead with plans for the Newport Bay Bridge, brushing aside suggestions that it may not be able to continue tolls after it takes over the Mount Hope Bridge next summer.

Swimming is scheduled tonight for young people of the Jamestown Recreation Center at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station. Tomorrow, junior league basketball teams will play at 7 p.m. and the senior league at 8 p.m., all at the center. On Thursday, the girls’ league will play.

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 5, 1964

A new telephone exchange building for the dial service, which will become operative in Jamestown in November, will be built at the corner of Pemberton Avenue and Watson Street. The present operators on the manual system will be retained to handle calls requiring operator assistance, but the dial exchange will be controlled by the Newport exchange.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 3, 1989

It was nearly 18 months ago that Police Chief James G. Pemantell led members of the Town Council on a tour of his station, which occupies about 900 square feet in the 50-year-old recreation center. That visit convinced the council members that police needed more space. They developed a $300,000 plan to expand the police station into the center’s lobby. Last March voters rejected that plan. On Monday they get a new chance. A new plan to build a two-floor addition north of the station will be considered at a Financial Town Meeting. The $643,000 plan also includes improvements to the entire building, construction of public restrooms, and the addition of eight public parking spaces on Union Street.

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 7, 1989

Jamestown voters, by more than 2-1, Monday night rejected a Town Council plan to expand the police station.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 4, 1999

Two Jamestown doctors participated in a recent medical mission to Nicaragua. For optometrist Carl Sakovits, it was his 12th such endeavor, but for family physician Joe England, it was his first experience.

The two-masted Ring-Anderson has been hauled for repairs at Conanicut Marine Services round house.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 5, 2004

The town Buildings and Facilities Committee last week continued to discuss the planning process to developing a new town hall, a facility that would replace the three buildings where town business currently takes place.

Jamestown is being surrounded. They live in the salt water but breathe air just like human beings. They are sometimes as large as 300 pounds and even the women sport long, bristly mustaches. They are the harbor seals, winter residents in Rhode Island, which can be found on almost any isolated rock formation all over Narragansett Bay.

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