2018-09-13 / Island History


From a pool of 3,381 registered voters, only 373 residents, just 11 percent, cast ballots in the Democratic primary, The Jamestown Press reported Sept. 17, 1998. Local voters were in step with their fellow Rhode Islanders, with majorities for Myrth York versus Jack Dennison Potter for governor, Sheldon Whitehouse against William Gugletta and Eva Mancuso for attorney general, and Paul Tavares instead of Frank Izzo Jr. for general treasurer. The GOP did not have any contested seats.

100 years ago — Sept. 13, 1918 Newport Mercury

Jamestown’s Elijah Anthony was among 147 New England men to receive commissions as second lieutenants for field artillery at Camp Zachary Taylor in Kentucky. Anthony left his studies at Brown University in June to join the U.S. Army.

75 years ago — Sept. 17, 1943 Newport Mercury

The community has collected $546, including a $25 gift from the town council, to purchase Christmas presents for local servicemen fighting in the war. Along with the gifts, the Rev. John H. Wright was appointed to select a greeting card. He wants the card to express the town’s gratitude toward the men overseas sacrificing their lives.

50 years ago — Sept. 16, 1968 Newport Daily News

Two women stranded in Newport after missing the midnight ferry to Jamestown were rescued by Coast Guardsmen from Castle Hill. The women, Mrs. Richard Haegh and Mrs. John Nellson, said they had 10 children at

home with a 14-year-old babysitter. The Coast Guard transported the women home aboard a 14-foot Boston Whaler.

25 years ago — Sept. 16, 1993 The Jamestown Press

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency have confiscated 101 marijuana plants after spotting crops from a helicopter. Marijuana was found growing in three locations: Beavertail State Park, Cedar Cemetery and Wickford Street. The owners of the plants have not been determined. Local police requested the routine flyover because it is harvest season. The confiscated crops have been destroyed.

10 years ago — Sept. 18, 2008 The Jamestown Press

Archaeologists uncovered 40 features linked to Native Americans at 44 Southwest Ave., the former municipal building the town is listing on the market. According to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, only areas already disturbed from the study can be further developed.

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