2018-09-06 / Island History

ISLAND HISTORY

Firefighters successfully rescued a seagull caught by fishing line from a utility pole at Fort Getty, The Jamestown Press reported Sept. 14, 2000. According to the fireman, the seagull was “flapping away like crazy” as it dangled from its foot. Once the gull’s ankle was freed, the disoriented bird dropped toward the ground, but was able to regain flight in the nick of time.

100 years ago — Sept. 6, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

Both state lawmakers representing Jamestown, Sen. Alton

Head and Rep. George W. Peckham, will have opposition in the caucus, according to the Republican committee.

LeRoy Meredith, a former tax collector, will challenge Head for his Senate seat; Remington Wright will oppose Peckham in the House.

75 years ago — Sept. 10, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

At the request of the U.S. Navy, a federal judge in Providence ordered land on Conanicut Island to be condemned. The land, which gives the

federal government immediate possession, includes property along Narragansett, Highland, Prospect and Orchard avenues. The ruling is in effect until July 1944.

50 years ago — Sept. 6, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

The Colonial windmill on North Road, built in 1787, is being restored by Allenton resident John Northup, an expert in rescuing historic sites. The work, which will make the bonnet movable so the top can turn in the prevailing winds,

is being financed by an $8,000 grant. When restoration is complete, the sails on the mill will turn, replicating its intended function — grinding flint into cornmeal using wind power.

25 years ago — Sept. 10, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

Faced with a water crisis that was worsening daily, the town councilors unanimously voted to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency. They also agreed to solicit 300,000 gallons of water daily from the town of North Kingstown.

“In 10 days from now, if there aren’t trucks lined up, we’re going to be in deep trouble,” said Fred Pease, council president.

10 years ago — Sept. 11, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

Following years of debate on whether to build an animal shelter, Town Administrator Bruce Keiser has developed a proposal for those services to be provided by the North Kingstown Animal Shelter. The facility, he said, is more than adequate to handle animals from both sides of the Verrazzano Bridge.

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