2014-05-01 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of May 1
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, May 1, 1914

At the regular meeting of the Town Council and court of probate Monday evening, there was an unusual amount of routine business and the session did not adjourn until nearly midnight. Fruit licenses were granted to Henry Silverman and Harry Silverman. The Rev. H.N. Jeter was granted permission to use the town hall for religious purposes during the summer. L.W. Hull’s petition for telephone poles on Weeden Lane was granted.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 3, 1939

Manuel Silvia of Cole Street has the contract for moving the Dr. Richards cottage on Shoreby Hill, which was re- cently purchased by Captain C.W. Magruder, to the Wager Weeden farm on Weeden Lane, and will move the lower story of Brookside cottage on Brook Street, which he recently razed, to his land on Grinnell Street, and intends to convert it into a bungalow.

Seventeen tables were in play at the bridge, whist and pinochle party, conducted by the Junior American Legion Bugle and Drum Corps, held in St. Matthew’s parish hall.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 1, 1964

Jamestown’s permanent ownership of the former federally owned Fort Getty military reservation has been approved by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. The fort was turned over to the town several years ago, but the federal government had kept certain restrictions until now.

From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1964

The Perennial Bowling League of Jamestown held its annual banquet last night at Old Acres in North Kingstown. Awards were made to the winning Crocus team and individual high scorers.

From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1964

Albert “Al” Warner, well-known throughout New England as a square dance caller, will appear at the World’s Fait today with the Young Old Timers Square Dance Club where he will call for square dances for Rhode Island Independence Day.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 29, 1999

A crew of 100 will be filming “Me, Myself and Irene,” a movie starring Jim Carey, in downtown Jamestown May 11 and 12.

Almost 10 years after Jamestown was first approached by the state Department of Environmental Management about development of its 7-acre parcel at Fort Wetherill, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between the two governments.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 29, 2004

Long before any Jamestowners lived here, the Narragansett Indian tribe called this island home. Unless you look underground, which is exactly where town and contracted sewer workers found such evidence last week. While digging a hole for new sewer lines on the corner of West Street and Southwest Avenue last Thursday, at approximately noon, the crew found evidence of what could be a part of a Narragansett burial ground.

The Fools Rules Regatta recently celebrated their 26th year and the Penguin Plunge can boast 27 straight years of frozen dips. But these events are still new compared to the Rotary Club May breakfast, which will roll out a hearty morning feast for the 40th straight year this Saturday.

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