2014-05-08 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of May 8
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 8, 1914

The Bayside Club brought its winter’s festivities to a close Friday evening by a turkey supper in the Gardner House, there being a full attendance of members and their families. After the supper the public was invited in for the dancing to the music furnished by Peckham’s orchestra.

A party of about 20, accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra from Newport, augmented by about 30 from the island, made an unexpected call upon Mr. J.R. Caswell Friday evening, the occasion being the anniversary of his birth. After a musical program by the orchestra and others, the party adjourned to the town hall, where dancing was had until well after midnight. The Newport party returned in one of Champlin’s launches, chartered for the occasion. Refreshments were served.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 5, 1939

The members of the recreation commission held an organizational meeting and election of officers Wednesday evening at the Portuguese American Citizens Club. The members discussed the development of the Sherman farm as a recreational center and playground, and also the preservation of the Indian burial ground.

Rhode Island Independence Day observance was celebrated in the Thomas H. Clarke and Carr schools Thursday. Rhode Island songs were sung and important historical facts and leaders in Rhode Island recalled.

From the Newport Daily News, May 8, 1939

The proposal to have a bridge across the East Passage of Narragansett Bay from Jamestown to Newport might be opposed by the Army if not the Navy, according to a letter to United States Sen. Theodore Francis Green from Harry F. Woodring, secretary of war.

From the Newport Daily News, May 11, 1939

Fred DeVeau has just completed, at the Wharton shipeditorial yard, a cabin cruiser, 33 feet overall, for George J. Kilton of Providence and Jamestown.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1964

A tree-planting ceremony at Jamestown schools yesterday morning, with all the kindergarten through grade three taking part in singing “America the Beautiful,” marked Arbor Day.

From the Newport Daily News, May 8, 1964

Jamestown’s 24 town employees who have voted to go into a municipal employee retirement system administered by the state, subject to the approval at the annual financial town meeting Monday night, heard the plan explained.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 5, 1989

Business as usual was the order of the April 24th Town Council meeting as Town Manager Robert Sutton reported that the town has purchased a full computer system.

At last, Jamestown will get its recycling program underway as Mike and Steve Tiexiera will pick up newspapers on the second and fourth Wednesday every month. At present this is just phase one of the program, with full recycling set by the State to start on Sept. 1.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 6, 1999

Democrats won three of the five Town Council seats in Wednesday’s town election.

The Town Council last week acted on water and sewer regulations that will require all municipal customers to convert to water-efficient washing machines, toilets, shower heads and faucets within the decade.

When directors Peter and Robert Farrelly come to town Tuesday to film “Me, Myself and Irene,” starring Jim Carey and Renee Zellweger, memorial square is going to get a fountain and Mc- Quade’s is going to get shut down Thursday night and Friday morning as Carey, playing a Rhode Island state trooper, “goes shopping.”

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 6, 2004

Saturday’s perfect spring weather was but one of the great things that happened in Jamestown this weekend. Also on that list were the successful efforts of the Jamestown Fire Department and the Jamestown Ambulance Association to host joint open houses that culminated in the dedication of the departments’ newest pieces of emergency equipment, including the new Marine 1 rescue boat, which took the fire department three years to acquire, and about $145,000.

Return to top