2018-06-21 / Island History


Sixty-four eighth-graders graduated from Lawn School, including Greg Ryng, the student council president who delivered the commencement speech, The Jamestown Press reported June 25, 1998

Ryng said the class would soon move “to the outer world.”

“We must act like Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus,” he said, “exploring new possibilities.”

100 years ago — June 21, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

Ocean Avenue’s Daniel J. Watson and Narragansett Avenue’s Charles Hull were among 1,367 Rhode Islanders who are set to leave Providence for Camp Meade in Maryland.

These men were drafted into the military following drastic amendments to federal draft regulations. Marriage since the enactment of the selective draft law no longer will be accepted as cause for exemption.

75 years ago — June 25, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

Twenty students graduated from the Thomas H. Clarke School, the first class to graduate since Anthony Miller became superintendent.

The students were presented with diplomas from Fred C. Clarke, chairman of the school board. Among the graduates were the class officers, including Chester Caswell, president; Mary Williams, vice president; Priscilla Littlefield, secretary; and Jacqueline Tefft, treasurer.

50 years ago — June 24, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

A sailor accused of talking another sailor’s car aboard the Jamestown Ferry is being held by shore patrol pending further investigation.

According to Lt. James Pimental, a group of sailors aboard the ferry recognized their friend’s car driven by an unknown sailor. Jamestown police questioned the driver, who said he had permission to drive the car.

When Jamestown police talked to shore patrol, however, it was learned the car had been reported stolen. The sailor was taken into custody and the car was impounded.

Three other sailors, who the driver had offered a ride, were questioned and released.

25 years ago — June 24, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

The director of public works is asking residents hooked into the municipal water supply to voluntary cut back on watering their lawns.

While there is no need for a ban yet, Steven Goslee said the water treatment plant is pumping 350,000 gallons daily due to the dry weather. The pumps are working at their capacity, he said, and if the drought persists and current watering practices continue, the town will be in trouble by the end of summer.

10 years ago — June 26, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

The town council voted unanimously to boost the permit cost for the transfer station from $65 to $100.

According to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, it cost $91,000 to operate the station last year. With 900 projected customers, the increase is necessary, he said.

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