2017-09-28 / Island History


High Street resident Bruce Matoes was brought back to life after collapsing from cardiac arrest at the Narragansett Cafe, reported The Jamestown Press Oct. 4, 2012.

Matoes, whose heart flat-lined three times during the incident, was saved by bystander Patrick Foley of Clinton Street. Policeman Ronald Jacobson assumed resuscitation duties for Foley and eventually used a defibrillator to shock the 54-year-old Matoes back to life.

“It’s not very common we are bringing someone back to life and I’m able to speak to him a couple of days later,” Police Chief Ed Mello said.

100 years ago — Sept. 28, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

One of the men who recently arrived at Camp Devens in Ayer, Mass., wrote a letter to the Daily News describing life at the camp.

They are in the same barracks as the men from Newport, “the food is of excellent quality” and while they have not yet received their uniforms, they have been issued blankets.

John McMahon and Percy Brown have been attached to the clerical staff in the statistical department, John Sheehan is the company’s mail orderly, Alfred Richardson was assigned to the buglers’ school, Manuel Sylvia is the mason and Chester Greene and Albert Wright are attending the noncommissioned officers' school.

75 years ago — Sept. 28, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Stanley Smith, a captain in the 243rd Coast Artillery of the National Guard, has been promoted to adjutant of that regiment.

Smith, a Providence native, was president of his 1934 class at Rhode Island State College. He also ran track and was a member of the ROTC’s rifle team. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1935, Smith was called to active duty in February 1940. He lives in Jamestown with his wife and two daughters.

50 years ago — Sept. 28, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Plans to construct a red brick church for the St. Matthew’s parish have begun after the congregation received a $250,000 gift from John Jay Watson and his family.

The current structure on Narragansett

Avenue, built in 1890 by Gordon Oxx, will be razed to make room for its successor. The new church will seat 270 worshippers, 90 more than it does now.

25 years ago — Oct. 1, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Four weeks after resigning as town administration following a 17-year tenure, Robert Sutton has been named the chief of planning for the state Department of Environmental Management.

“I feel good,” Sutton said. “It’s a different kind of challenge.”

As chief, Sutton will head a 15-member department that administers environmental grants, protects natural resources and designs public facilities. He was chosen from a list of 60 applicants.

10 years ago — Oct. 4, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The Tyson family’s shop on Ferry Wharf has closed its doors after 15 years downtown.

From lavish paintings for art collectors to Beanie Babies for children, R&R Gallery offered an eclectic inventory that appealed to a wide spectrum of shoppers.

Rena Tyson is closing the waterfront shop because it has become physically demanding for her to handle. She also said she wants to spend more time with her 2-yearold grandson.

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