2017-08-17 / Island History


State transportation officials have sealed and secured the old Jamestown bridge against trespassers, The Jamestown Press reported Aug. 23, 2000.

Signs were erected that say, “State property, no trespassing, $500 fine.” There also is a symbol on the sign indicating no fishing.

100 years ago — Aug. 20, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

The Rev. Mark Mohler, pastor of the Central Baptist Church since September 1916, announced to his parishioners he would resign effective

Oct. 1.

Mohler, who had been with the church since 1912, is leaving to join the U.S. aviation corps.

During his brief time as pastor, there have been four times as many participants to parish activities than before. He also originated the church’s guild, which now has 150 youngsters who meet for classes on domestic, religious and social matters.

75 years ago — Aug. 21, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The town-owned ferry company will meet with taxpayers to discuss the drastic reductions in its revenue.

Charles Brooks, general manager, said the plight is uncontrollable, citing gasoline rationing because of the war effort. There also are increased labor costs because the ferryboats must be available 24/7 to evacuate the islands pending an emergency.

In his report, Brooks said the cost to operate one boat in June and July was $28,608. During those months last year, two boats were operated for $20,280.

If the August numbers continue to trend downward, the company will not be able to operate without financial assistance, he said.

50 years ago — Aug. 21, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Police are investigating a Rooster class sailboat that went missing from its mooring off Green’s Pier in the Dumplings area. The owner, Beach Avenue’s Eric Schlubach, valued the 10-foot wooden boat at $175.

25 years ago — Aug. 20, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Police officers are logging nearly 30 percent more overtime since March than they did during that same timeframe last year. Since March 1, overtime pay has cost the town $46,653. From March through August last year, the amount was $36,297, which included overtime during Hurricane Bob.

10 years ago — Aug. 23, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

According to a survey from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, 26 deer were killed in town by automobiles last hunting season, the second highest number in Newport County after Tiverton.

Another 56 deer were killed by hunters. According to the state, the island’s deer population has grown nearly four-fold since 1998 to approximately 400.

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