2017-09-21 / Island Calendar

ISLAND HISTORY

Nearly 2,000 townspeople converged on Fox Hill Farm on a perfect, cloudless day for the millennial portrait, The Jamestown Press reported Sept. 23, 1999.

The snapshot was taken by Onne van der Wal using a Fuji GX617 panoramic camera. He took the overhead photo from a bucket truck donated by the fire department. Mike Swistak, who conceived the idea in 1985, said he already has collected $6,200 in pre-orders of the photo.

Sept. 26, 1917 — 100 years ago (Newport Daily News)

Town Clerk William Severance issued a plea to residents to conserve wheat, passing along a request from Gov. Robert Livingston

Beeckman for Wednesdays and Thursdays to be “wheatless days.”

The move comes during a nationwide wheat shortage in an effort to send as much of “this indispensable article of food” overseas to U.S. troops and their allies. Residents were asked to “lend your unselfish and patriotic support to this great movement.”

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

Chester Greene, chief of police in Jamestown, filed his declaration papers to run for Rhode Island Senate in the Nov. 3 election. As the Democratic nominee, he will oppose incumbent Alton Head Jr., the Republican senator who filled his father’s seat in 1940.

The Democrats also selected Earl Clark to run for state representative. The town councilor will oppose Republican incumbent Lewis Hull.

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

Two teenage brothers are being charged for breaking into three offices on the construction site off Bay View Avenue, which is housed by companies working on the bridge.

The boys admitted their crimes to Lt. James Pimental. Recovered were four water coolers, two safety helmets, two lanterns and 100 feet of rope.

Sept. 24, 1992 — 25 years ago (The Jamestown Press)

School officials will take a second look at the transportation plan they adopted for students enrolled at private schools in Wakefield.

Superintendent Phyllis Schmidt reported an additional yearly expense of $11,800 to send four students to Meadowbrook Waldorf School. Before this year, students who attended Meadowbrook, Prout and Monsignor Clarke were transported together. A second bus, however, is needed because Meadowbrook lengthened its school day by 30 minutes.

The school agreed to dismiss the four students a half-hour early, but the children’s parents disapproved of the measure.

Sept. 27, 2007 — 10 years ago (The Jamestown Press)

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser recommended the town forfeit its claim to the Beavertail Lighthouse because it can no longer be used as affordable housing.

The state Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Coast Guard are negotiating an agreement for the 151-year-old beacon. The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association also has interest in the landmark. There is a preliminary plan for a three-party agreement.

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