2017-05-18 / Island History


Autograph hounds ask Jim Carrey for his signature at Ferry Wharf during the filming of “Me, Myself & Irene.” Autograph hounds ask Jim Carrey for his signature at Ferry Wharf during the filming of “Me, Myself & Irene.” Crowds gathered at East Ferry hoping to catch of glimpse of actor Jim Carrey, The Jamestown Press reported May 20, 1999.

The Golden Globe-nominated comedian, who starred in “Ace Ventura” and “Dumb & Dumber,” is in town filming “Me, Myself and Irene.” It is about a Rhode Island state trooper who suffers a psychotic breakdown, resulting in split personalities.

In one of the scenes, a car crashed through the front window of Conanicut Marine Services, which was transformed into a barbershop for the film.

Although the excitement was palpable, business owners are happy to see the filmmakers leave town. Jamestown Hardware, Trattoria Simpatico, House of Pizza and Jamestown Designs all lost business because the eastern end of Narragansett Avenue was closed, business owners said.

100 years ago — May 18, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

Council President L.E. Hull and Town Clerk William Severance have been named by the governor as the town’s conscription officers for the war effort.

Hull and Severance will travel to Providence to receive instructions.

75 years ago — May 22, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Martin Drury, a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander on the USS Marblehead, was commended for his “courage, stamina and resourcefulness” following the battle of the Netherlands East Indies.

Drury, a Rogers High School graduate whose parents live on Clinton Avenue, is the damage control officer on the Omahaclass cruiser. According to his commanding officer, Drury went “above and beyond the call of duty” by fighting fires, shoring weakened bulkheads and freeing a jammed rudder. His efforts were crucial in returning the Marblehead stateside.

Capt. Arthur Robinson called Drury “a tower of strength at all times who knew what to do to save the ship, and did it without thought of himself.”

50 years ago — May 24, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

The expanded ferryboat schedule has suffered a two-week setback because the second boat in the company’s fleet is undergoing repairs at a Boston shipyard.

Cracks were discovered in both the fore and aft tail shafts on the ferryboat Jamestown, which was expected to join the Newport on hourly runs. The cost to fabricate and install each shaft is $4,500, bringing the total rejuvenation to nearly $40,000.

The Newport, which received $110,000 in repairs during the offseason to pass Coast Guard inspection, is operating singlehandedly between Aquidneck and Conanicut islands.

25 years ago — May 22, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

With a vacancy on its force, the police department received 180 applications from candidates interested in becoming the town’s newest officer.

According to Sgt. Mike Balzer, 14 townspeople, 15 women and seven graduates of the police academy applied for the post. The next step is a physical exam, which includes sit-ups, bench pressing and a 1.5-mile run. The successful recruit will become a probationary officer for one year.

10 years ago — May 24, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The town councilors approved three licenses that will allow peddlers on the Narragansett Avenue sidewalk during the Memorial Day parade.

The permits were given to Central Baptist Church, the Jamestown Historical Society and the Humane Society of Jamestown. Baked goods, raffle tickets, Tshirts, hats and books will be among the items on sale.

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