2017-04-20 / Island History


KARENTZ KARENTZ Roadwork on Southwest Avenue has halted because Narragansett Indians are concerned their burial sites could be disturbed, The Jamestown Press reported April 23, 1998.

The state agreed to stop work after John Brown, the tribe’s preservation officer, reported a 1994 study found a Native American grave on an adjacent street.

Archaeologists will begin scraping the surface immediately with heavy machinery. Burial sites are identified by dark ovals below the topsoil.

100 years ago — April 24, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

John Hubbard, of the Rhode Island Prison Association, addressed the Jamestown Historical Society at Maplewood. He said the probation and parole plans being implemented by the state have been successful. He also said the state is expected to build a new prison soon.

75 years ago — April 24, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

A U.S. Army private stationed at Fort Wetherill was found guilty of driving dangerously.

Walter York, of Mansfield, Conn., was fined $15. According to police, he grazed the front bumper of a car owned by Jamestown resident Antone Andrade at the intersection of Howland Avenue and High Street. York’s car swerved across the road and overturned. He was not injured, but the vehicle suffered considerably damage.

50 years ago — April 25, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

During its annual awards ceremony at the Portuguese American Citizens Club, the Jamestown Striper Club presented a plaque to Joseph Texeira for catching the largest striped bass of the year, weighing 51 pounds, 12 ounces.

He also was awarded medals for catching the most fish in two categories, striped bass and blue fish. Manuel Texeira was recognized for reeling in the largest blue fish of the year.

25 years ago — April 23, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Despite a pending agreement with the Holy Ghost Society, the town has scrapped plans to relocate the senior center from St. Mark to the Portuguese American Citizens Club site at the corner of Narragansett and Pemberton avenues.

According to Clifton Largess, chairman of the study commission, an archaeological survey to search for artifacts and burial remains will cost roughly $100,000. Because the property is within a historical district, state law mandates excavation before construction begins.

10 years ago — April 26, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

An ice-covered lake in Antarctica has been named for a former Jamestown woman who spent the past two decades conducting research on the southernmost continent.

Deneb Karentz, who chairs the biology department at San Francisco University, has been studying the effects of ozone depletion on marine plankton in the South Pole. Because of her contributions, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the recommendation to name the 13-mile-wide lake in her honor.

Karentz received her undergraduate degree and doctorate from the University of Rhode Island. She is the daughter Clarke’s Village Lane residents Varoujan and Rose Karentz.

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