2014-08-21 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 21
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, Aug. 21, 1914

The machinery that causes the shutters to revolve, to give the flashes to the light at Beavertail, was out of order for several hours Friday evening.

A subscription dance was held in the Town Hall Friday by a number of young men. There was a good attendance.

Amateur fishermen are catching flounders in considerable numbers from the end of Ferry Wharf.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 21, 1939

The water sports held at the Conanicut Yacht Club Saturday morning at 10 o’clock was witnessed by one of the largest crowds in many summers.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 22, 1939

The Jamestown Bridge, 43 percent completed, will be finished before the deadline of June 30, 1940, it was announced today by officials of the Jamestown Bridge Commission. It is necessary, under PWA rules, for current projects to be completed within the present fiscal year. Engineers in Providence and Jamestown both believe it will be done. A total of 1,900 feet of steel framework of the bridge has been put into position by the Harris Structural Steel Company.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 17, 1964

A picnic meeting is planned for tonight on the rocks at Potter Cove for the Reindeer Bowling League.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 19, 1964

Scores of approximately 50 fourth- and sixth-graders in the Jamestown Elementary School showed Jamestown pupils to be below state averages in all but a few categories.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 22, 1964

Decrease in toll charges for Jamestown Bridge were revealed last night. Passenger cars and auto trucks with two axles and single tires will pay 50 cents instead of 60 cents for a one-way passage.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 17, 1989

The 2-acre plot opposite the Jamestown Country Club has been as the best site for the new police station.

Town residents complained to Sen. John H. Chafee that in the aftermath of the World Prodigy oil spill, Mackerel Cove, the island’s best beach, is still closed and its sand remains polluted despite state efforts to clean up the contamination.

The School Committee will consider two options before making its decision on which grade levels will be moved into the new school building that it wants to build on the 3.8-acre site on the northwest corner of the present school.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 19, 1999

The latest phase of restrictions for water users in the municipal water district is cutting into the livelihood of at least one downtown business, the Rainbow Car Wash, which is now completely shut down.

The board of trustees of the Jamestown Philomenian Library has taken the advice of an arborist and will soon cut down a number of diseased trees on the library grounds. Because the hurricane season is quickly approaching, the library board is taking action on the matter and has received three bids, ranging from $5,000 to $12,000, to remove 11 trees.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 19, 2004

The Town Council voted 3-2 Monday to restrict deer hunting at Beavertail State Park to 71 days, instead of the 92 days proposed by the state.

The town can save about $1 million in municipal water pipe improvements by having the department of public works do the work instead of contracting it out, Public Works Director Steven Goslee told the Town Council, sitting as the board of water and sewer commissioners.

Over the next two weeks, residents will be asked for their opinions on how the town can make the best use of Fort Getty, Jamestown’s primary park facility. The request will come in the form of a survey, which is an insert in this week’s edition of the Press.

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