2014-08-28 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 28
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. 28, 1914

Although the ferries are taxed to their capacity to accommodate automobiles on their way to tennis in Newport, there is a decided drop of foot passengers, not only from the island but also out of Narragansett. The travel from the latter place is remarkably light.

Hundreds of little mackerel and many flounders are being caught daily from the wharf and from small boats off the Dumplings.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 29, 1939

The final dancing party of the children was held at the country club Monday evening. The annual fancy dress party was held with an attendance of 150 children.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 30, 1939

There was an attendance of more than 400 at the Jamestown fireman’s ball held at the Beaver Tail Country Club Tuesday evening.

If weather permits, the gardens of Mrs. Harrison S. Morris, Mrs. Benjamin S. Cottrell, Mrs. E. Potter Noble and the fire station will be shown this afternoon from 4 to 6 o’clock. This will be the final garden day of the season.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 26, 1964

The Jamestown Hunters and Shooters at a recent meeting at the Narragansett Avenue home of Thomas Gillis made plans to hold a trap shoot at Botelho’s Farm on East Shore Road.

Swimming tests will be conducted at Mackerel Cove beach this week by Stephen Froberg, American Red Cross swimming instructor, for those children who have completed the swimming courses, but have not been tested. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 28, 1964

The largest yacht ever built in Jamestown, Stingray V, was launched this morning from Wharton’s Ship Yard, where it has been under construction for one and a half years. The 58-foot, 21- ton vessel was made for William Brewster of Stonington, Conn. It was designed by C. Raymond Hunt of Marblehead, Mass., and the design has been tank tested for effectiveness. From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 31, 1964

Four hundred fifty patrons were served at the eighth annual johnnycake lunch on Saturday by the Jamestown Historical Society at the historic windmill on North Road.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 24, 1989

The Town Council will consider renovating the senior center, which has been located in St. Mark Church for nine years on a temporary basis, to the facility occupied by Cartsen’s Restaurant in the town-owned country club.

The state Department of Environmental Management will continue to till the sand and monitor the oil-contamination levels at Mackerel Cove until the end of the month before making a decision on whether or not to reopen the beach or keep it closed.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 26, 1999

As always, a new school year brings with it new names to memorize, new processes to try, new teachers to please, and new standards to achieve. This year is no different as teachers and staff make last-minute preparations to welcome 668 new and returning students to the Jamestown schools on Wednesday. Six new teachers will make their mark on Jamestown students this year.

With only 23 “boats” registered by starting time, it was beginning to look as if the Fools’ Rules Regatta was going to be a bit of a washout, but within an hour it became obvious that the weather was causing people to move slowly that damp, cool morning, and soon more than 40 boats with their clever builders were setting out on a windy course for another successful event.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 26, 2004

The Town Council Monday voted 4-0 to authorize Interim Town Administrator Thomas Tighe to spend approximately $32,750 from $100,000 in capital funds set aside for the fire code improvements at the community center to correct fire-code violations in three other municipal buildings.

Three new items on this week’s Town Council agenda spouted up amid many old issues. They involve military use of Dutch Island for helicopter training, future purchase of Beavertail Lighthouse, and an invitation to join another Jamestown in historic activities later in this decade.

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