2017-12-07 / Island History

ISLAND HISTORY

The police officers’ union unanimously voted in favor of a new station across from the golf course opposed to a site at 44 Southwest Ave., The Jamestown Press reported Dec. 7, 1989.

Voters will choose between the two sites at a special financial meeting next week. According to Clark Westall, union president, all 12 police officers support the 1.5-acre lot on Conanicus Avenue. Although he’s not a union member and didn’t vote, James Pementell, police chief, also favors that site because of its accessibility to the highway being built between the two bridges.

100 years ago — Dec. 10, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

Three barges carrying a woman, two children and three men went down in a blizzard off the coast of Beavertail. The captain of the tug Charles A. McCafferty said his boat became unmanageable and the hawser to the barges was cut. Within hours, wreckage washed ashore at the beach at Narragansett Pier along with two bodies.

75 years ago — Dec. 11, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The sixth body of the 15 sailors assumed to be drowned in the harbor was found at the southeasterly end of Gould Island.

Wilber Edgar Marlin, a Wyoming native and first-class fireman, was aboard the U.S. Navy liberty boat that capsized in Cranston Cove. A fish dragger discovered the body. Along with the Navy and fishermen, Boy Scouts have been searching for the bodies, with troops dispatched to Jamestown and Prudence Island.

50 years ago — Dec. 8, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Rhode Island’s public utilities commissioner said the water company in town must meet the minimum service requirements or the state will have to intervene.

According to Frank Nunes, the necessary improvements could raise rates more than 50 percent. Although there is an adequate supply of raw water, he said, there must be enough pressure to fight fires and service multistory buildings.

The problem, Nunes said, is the small customer base. With just 934 households and no industrial customers, the company had a total income of $70,020 in 1966 with a net profit of only $857.

25 years ago — Dec. 10, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

A memorial service for sailor Mike Plant, who the U.S. Coast Guard presumes drowned when his 60-sloop Coyote capsized in the North Atlantic, has been scheduled at Beavertail State Park.

Plant, 42, departed New York City for France in mid-October but his boat was found overturned roughly 460 mils northeast of the Azores. The ceremony will include a reading from John Masefield’s “Sea Fever” with music by the U.S. Navy’s brass quintet. White flowers will be throw into the Atlantic as a farewell tribute to Plant.

10 years ago — Dec. 13, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The council chambers were renamed for Rosamond Tefft, the former town clerk who defeated her opponents in every election from 1955 to 1973. When the post became an appointed position in 1974, she was hired by the councilors. John Doty Jr., a lifelong resident, proposed the honor, which passed unanimously.

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