2017-06-29 / Island History


Despite a weekend ban on outdoor watering, utility customers consumed 400,000 gallons of water during the weekend, dropping the North Pond reservoir 21 inches below the spillway, The Jamestown Press reported July 1, 1999.

The capacity hasn’t been this low during the summer since 1995, when the reservoir was 34 inches below the spillway.

Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford said she is worried about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, which is routinely the busiest day of the year for water consumption.

100 years ago —July 3, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

The three-masted schooner Grand Turk, loaded with lumber and bound from New Orleans to Boston, sailed into a submarine net near Dutch Island in Narragansett Bay. The accident carried away about 1 ½ sections of the ship

The captain said he knew nothing about the net until the accident. The ship, which was not damaged, was cleared for sailing a few hours later. About 600 feet of net had to be replaced.

75 years ago—July 3, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The war rationing board granted supplemental gasoline to five applicants and certified a truck tire and tube to E.R. Viera Coal Company. It also approved permits to 55 families for sugar canning.

Conversely, the board recalled a gas card from Louise K. Rogers, a Jamestown resident who registered with the rationing board in Wickford. She will appear in front of her hometown authority to prove she is entitled to the classification.

50 years ago—July 2, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Chester J. Greene, who served as chief of police in Jamestown for two decades, has died. He was 79.

Greene was a controversial figure in town, serving sporadically as chief until he was ousted by the Democrats in 1950. Following his career in law enforcement, he was elected as a Republican to the Rhode Island Senate. Greene, who lived on High Street, also was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I.

During his career as a policeman, a crazed man in 1935 shot Greene in the stomach. While in critical condition, about 40 of his neighbors visited Newport Hospital to donate blood. The year following recovery, he gained fame by forcing an armed burglar to surrender.

25 years ago—July 2, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

The fire department has halted its fundraiser after several residents complained that high-pressure telemarketers from Telco Communications were using deceptive tactics.

According to complaints, the contracted callers would misrepresent themselves as members of the fire department. Also, the complaints alleged, the telemarketers only were suppose to sell $10 tickets to a charity softball game between firefighters and former Boston Red Sox players. The callers, however, began soliciting contributions of $25, $50 and $100.

Fire Chief Joseph Tiexiera apologized for the “misunderstandings and inconveniences.”

10 years ago—July 3, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

House leadership in Providence has rejected legislation that would enable Jamestown to sanction its own tax-free arts district.

According to Rep. Bruce Long, North Providence lawmaker Steven Costantino opposed the bill because he believed tax breaks should be reserved for struggling urban communities. Costantino chaired the House Finance Committee.

In the Senate, similar legislation sponsored by Majority Leader Teresa Paiva Weed passed a floor vote, but it was referred to the House committee, where it died.

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