2017-06-01 / Island History


A last-minute financing deal saved Dutch Harbor Boat Yard from a court-ordered auction, The Jamestown Press reported June 5, 2008.

Justice Michael Silverstein of the Rhode Island Superior Court dismissed the proceedings against the defendant, DHBY LLC, after finding “there was no need for further notification to any other creditor or party.”

A new company owned by the Patterson family was formed, according to the court documents, and the outstanding liabilities were paid.

The court stipulated that the defendant and the Dutch Harbor partners “honor mooring contracts entered into by the defendant for the benefit of the customers.”

100 years ago — June 1, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

The annual school entertainment program was “carried through with an exactness and spontaneity which showed the thoroughness with which they had been trained.”

The program included several recitations, a piano solo, folk dances, a pageant and dances representing various nations, such as Indian, Danish, Swedish, English and Scotch. The performance ended with the entire school singing “The Star Spangled

Banner” while everyone held an American flag.

75 years ago — June 5, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The U.S. War Departments approved an application for federal aid from the Jamestown-Newport Ferry Company, according to Brig. Gen. Philip Fleming.

The company is now waiting for approval from the federal Office of Defense Transportation. According to Fleming, that consent is indispensable and action is suspended until it is received.

50 years ago — June 1, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Businessmen in town are “strongly opposed” to rezoning a motel site from residential to commercial, which would affect several lots on Eldred Avenue.

M. James Vieiera, proprietor of the motel, has requested a hearing to make the property conforming for commercial use.

In response, the Jamestown Businessmen’s Association has appointed a committee to study the proposal. Named to the panel were John Foley, Rebelle Felice, John Rosa III, Ernest Viera, Claus Norbert, Anthony Vieira and Walter Watson.

25 years ago — June 4, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Mary Wright, who co-founded the community theater two years ago, was named the town’s honoree during the 25th anniversary of the Rhode Island Council on the Arts. There was one winner from each of the state’s 39 cities and towns.

10 years ago — June 7, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

Less than than 80 residents attended the financial town meeting to vote on whether to pass the $19.8 million budget, which represents a 4.5 percent increase.

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser said the low turnout was a reflection of the satisfaction with the budget, which was passed without fanfare in 30 minutes.

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