2014-06-12 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of June 12
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 12, 1914

In spite of the effort made by the town to keep the vegetation along the streets free from the tent caterpillars, thou- sands of broods were allowed to mature on private property and everything about the town is overrun by the pests.

The Beavertail Road is receiving a coating of oil to lay the dust.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 9, 1939

The eighth-grade pupils of the Thomas H. Clarke School visited various classes at Rogers High School Thursday afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, June 10, 1939

Softball games are being played each evening at the recreation center at the Sherman farm. Friday evening the game between the firemen and Holy Ghost teams resulted in a score of 19-5 in favor of the former. From the Newport Daily News,

June 12, 1939

The Beavertail Country Club opened its golf course for the season Saturday. From the Newport Daily News,

June 13, 1939

In the softball game Monday evening at the recreation center, the men’s club at St. Matthew’s lost to the Pork Hill Club, 11-1.

An organization meeting of the Jamestown Athletic Association was held Monday evening in the Town Hall, with an attendance of 50 members. Officers were elected.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

June 10, 1964

Jamestown has been assigned the code number of 423 to be used when the dial system goes into operation Nov. 1. From the Newport Daily News,

June 11, 1964

Grade-four pupils of Jamestown School today visited the state fish hatchery at the University of Rhode Island and the historic Gilbert Stuart house in North Kingstown. The children had a picnic lunch in Arcadia State Park. From the Newport Daily News,

June 12, 1964

Swimming classes, sponsored by the Jamestown chapter of the Red Cross, will commence on June 29 at Mackerel Cove. Classes will be held in beginning and advanced swimming, and junior and senior life saving.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 9, 1989

In the strongest language to date, the war chief of the Narragansett stated that any unilateral decision by the committee to build onto or near the existing school building will be met with militant action.

Lyme disease, transmitted by the bite of a deer tick, is a major problem if not treated properly.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 10, 1999

No one was injured, but a circa 1905 Jamestown landmark (the captain’s house) was destroyed in a raging fire Saturday that was fought with all of Jamestown’s fire apparatus plus equipment from the towns of Newport and North Kingstown.

The second phase of the new water conservation regulations will go into effect tomorrow, and town water customers who violate these rules could have their service shut off or have a lien put on their property.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 10, 2004

After an hour review of the April draft of an anti-noise ordinance, the Town Council Monday put it on hold until September to give police time to make more noise level tests and to give assistant Town Solicitor Carolyn Mannis time to review the draft.

Marilyn Crawford, Jamestown’s town administrator for seven years, is leaving her job to become director of administration for the East Greenwich school system, effective July 11.

(Headline) Bridge demolition won’t happen until spring 2005, at the earliest.

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