2014-06-05 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of June 5
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, June 5, 1914

The hourly running time of the ferries went into effect for the summer Monday, and the motor stage across the island went into commission.

There was a lively runaway on Narragansett Avenue Monday morning, the horse being frightened by two boys on bicycles. The driver managed to secure control of the frightened animal after a short run, without damage being done.

The rural free delivery mail route was started Monday, when Mr. Anderson made the first delivery. The route takes in the north end of the island and the Dumplings. The Beavertail section is not included in the present schedule.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 2, 1939

Recreational facilities at the Sherman farm as a WPA project was voted by the Town Council at its meeting this week. The work includes construction of a baseball diamond, creating a golf driving range, and other features. Charles A. Westall was granted permission to sell fireworks from noon, July 2, to 12 o’clock midnight July 4.

From the Newport Daily News, June 3, 1939

Mrs. Carl Tollefson has returned to the World’s Fair, where she has accepted a position as a private secretary after a week’s stay in Newport and Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, June 5, 1939

Title to the property, by condemnation, at Plum Beach, leading from the Boston Post Road to the proposed westerly end of the Jamestown Bridge, has been taken by the Jamestown Bridge Commission. The price paid was $6,900.48.

From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1939

The YWCA seaside cottage at Conanicut Park was open for the weekend and holiday.

Although a fog blanketed the West Passage of Narragansett Bay Saturday, derricks and men combined their efforts to drop steel bracing frames weighing 244 tons into two cofeditorial ferdams at the site of the Jamestown Bridge. The operation took about four hours. The bracing was lowered into the cofferdam, and two divers descended to release the hoisting cable. Meanwhile, nine other craft, hidden by the fog, were at work on the site. Included in the flotilla was a cement mixing plant capable of turning out a cubic yard a minute. Three fishing boats were used by the engineers and laborers as water taxis. Two tugs and seven or eight barges carrying sand rock, cement and coal completed the fleet.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1964

A fire alarm in Jamestown during the Memorial Day parade added to the excitement. Many children perched on the fire trucks in the line of march were hastily removed so the firemen could make a flying trip to the fire.

From the Newport Daily News, June 4, 1964

Mrs. Eva L. vonSchade, of Grinnell Street, Jamestown, chief operator at the Jamestown office of the New England Telephone Co., retired Monday after 43 years of service.

Jamestown Boy Scout Troop 1 and members of the scout committee were hosts to nearly 400 Newport County Boy Scouts over the weekend in Jamestown.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 2, 1989

The Jamestown School Committee received good news in the form of Kevin McBride’s report on the latest survey made of a 2-acre site in the northwest corner of the 21-acre school property. A few insignificant artifacts were found, but nothing that would prevent the committee from moving ahead with building plans.

The fifth annual Conanicut Island spring bird count was held Sunday. Last year 85 species were counted. This year a final count of 96 species was tallied.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 3, 1999

A flawless sky smiled down on the island’s Memorial Day festivities held Monday in locations throughout the town. Crowds were estimated by Jim McLoughlin and the police department to be “the largest ever,” but no one could put a number on the turnout. Highlights of the Memorial Day parade included an appearance by the Jamestown Community Band and the Jamestown Fire Department’s antique fire engine.

Restrictions on the outdoor residential uses of municipal water went into effect Tuesday, and more prohibitions may be in place within the next 10 days if there is not significant rainfall.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 3, 2004

The Fort Getty Master Plan Committee is encouraging residents, campers and all those interested in sharing a vision of Fort Getty to attend the public workshop slated for Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the library.

The seamen and marine biologists at the state Department of Environmental Management are grinning ear to ear lately. That’s because the state just got its new, state-of-the-art research vessel, the John H. Chafee.

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