2017-04-06 / Island History


The body of a Warwick woman was found on the western coast of Jamestown by four children who were searching for sea glass on the beach, The Jamestown Press reported April 8, 1999.

Following their discovery, the children ran to the Skysail Court home of Nancy Randall, mother of two of the children, to report the body. She followed the children back to the beach and called police. The dead woman appeared “to be resting on the beach,” Randall said, and looked “absolutely perfect,” fully clothed with earrings.

Police asked Randall if the children were traumatized, but she said they seemed “excited and interested.”

The medical examiner reported the woman died from injuries consistent with a bridge jumper.

100 years ago — April 6, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

Four groups of schoolchildren have been organized after a recent presentation by a professor regarding gardening, canning and cooking.

The students, totaling about 100, have joined either the poultry, sewing, baking or gardening clubs. One of the aims of the clubs is to help students become more self-sufficient and restore old-fashioned values that will help reduce the high cost of living.

75 years ago — April 10, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The latest list of young men drafted to serve in the U.S. Army under the Selective Service Act included six Jamestown residents. They were Nibel Slanton, Louis Cassese, Clarence Latham, Vincent Pinto, Lawrence Merritt and Edward Deveau.

50 years ago — April 6, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

George Quentin Anthony, a graduate of Rodgers High School, won his freshman numeral on the basketball team at Hobart College in New York. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Quentin Anthony of 26 Grinnell St.

A dean’s list student, Anthony was in the honor society at Rodgers. He was a member of the literary magazine staff and the varsity baseball and basketball teams.

25 years ago — April 9, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

The Rhode Island attorney general’s office has found the town councilors did not violate any open meetings laws when they appointed a new solicitor.

Ellen McDonagh, chairwoman of the town’s GOP committee, sent a letter to Attorney General James O’Neil saying the four Democratic council members discussed business at a private meeting of their political party. According to the complaint, Mark Liberati, the council’s sole Republican, did not have the opportunity to vet the applications for the solicitor position.

The decision was made after the state could not corroborate the allegation that discussions took place beforehand. The Democrats denied the claim.

10 years ago — April 14, 1997 (The Jamestown Press)

Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero is requesting the Federal Communications Commission review the emissions coming from the antennae attached to the water towers on Howland Avenue.

The town councilors requested the study after three nearby residents, Reenie Rubino, Eileen Tiexiera and Gaelie Greene, said they were concerned about the potential radiation.

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