2014-06-19 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of June 19
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 19, 1914

The roads about Shoreby Hill are receiving a coat of oil under the direction of Mr. A.A. Boone.

Ferryboat J.A. Saunders, which has been on the line between Saunderstown, Fort Greble and west Jamestown, was put out of commission Monday afternoon by the breaking of the shaft. The boat had just left its slip at Saunderstown on the 5:30 trip with two automobile parties and about 20 other passengers when the shaft gave way. Captain Lester Eaton and Mr. Archie Arnold in their powerboats towed the disabled boat to its slip in Jamestown where the passengers were landed about an hour late. Work was hurried on the Narragansett to get it ready to go on the line.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 14, 1939

The barn that was purchased last summer from Mrs. W.C. Fisher of Conanicut Park, by the Seaside YWCA, is being converted into a cottage as an accessory to the camp.

From the Newport Daily News, June 19, 1939

The Men’s Friendship Club of the Central Baptist Church held an outing at Beavertail Saturday. Dinner was cooked on the rocks, after which games and fishing were enjoyed.

From the Newport Daily News, June 21, 1939

With a fleet of 13 vessels, a force of 185 men, and with two shifts now in operation, and a third to start shortly, work was described as satisfactory; progress is being made in the substructure of the $3 million Jamestown Bridge.

Repairs are being made to Green’s pier on the east shore of the Dumplings, which was badly damaged by the hurricane. All the bathhouses were demolished. This is a favorite bathing beach of many of the summer residents.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 16, 1964

The final chapter may have been written yesterday in a seven-year history of litigation over the Commerce Oil Co.’s plans to build a refinery in Jamestown, when Judge Edward W. Day in U.S. District Court granted a Commerce Oil motion to dismiss a civil suit brought by 17 members of the Jamestown Protective Association for $100,000 damages each for alleged malicious use of the legal process in the oil company’s 1957 suit, which it brought against the association.

Jamestown’s tax rate will be reduced $1 the coming year from $20.30 to $19.30 per $1,000 valuation, the board of tax assessors announced last night after a meeting in the Town Hall.

From the Newport Daily News, June 18, 1964

Fifty-one students were presented with diplomas last night.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 16, 1989

The recently completed nature trail at the Conanicut Island Sanctuary will be dedicated Saturday morning, June 17. Following the dedication the second walk in the Conanicut Island field-trip series will be conducted on the sanctuary.

The Jamestown Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Flocks and Fleece,” was prepared by museum Chairwoman Mary Miner. It is all about sheep, an important part of Jamestown’s history and the animal depicted on the town seal.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 17, 1999

Thirty-eight Jamestown students received diplomas at the 94th commencement exercises at North Kingstown High School on June 11.

The Jamestown Millennium Quilt Committee is well on its way to producing two beautiful quilts that will decorate the library after completion at the stroke of midnight Jan. 1.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, June 17, 2004

At its previous meeting in May, the Harbor Management Commission decided to offer up 17 moorings to boaters on the waiting list. But at its June 9 meeting, the commission decided it may want to wait before actually giving those moorings out.

Sixty-six eighth-grade students from the Lawn School will graduate on Tuesday night, June 22, at 7 p.m. But before they make the big leap from small-town life to academics across the bay, they will be treated to a few days of parting activities.

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