2006-07-07 / Island History

This week in Island history Compiled by Sue Maden Week of July 7

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News comes from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1906:

Rev. H.N. Jeter of Newport held the first of a series of services for the colored people in the town hall yesterday.

The Saunders line, or as it is better known, the "opposition ferry," commenced its regular schedule today.

From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1906:

The first of the Conanicut Yacht Club's weekly races will be held tomorrow afternoon.

Mr. P.H. Horgan has erected several bathhouses on the shore in front of his property south of the yacht club.

Yesterday was one of the quietest Fourths Jamestown has experienced since it became a summer resort. The rainy morning seemed to cast a spell over the day.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1906:

Steamer Mount Hope of the Providence line landed nearly 100 passengers at Conanicut Park this morning.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 3, 1931:

Mrs. Fordyce-Wright is forming Jamestown duplicate contract bridge clubs, the first meeting to be held at the Gardner Inn next Tuesday, and the clubs to continue each Tuesday evening for the remainder of the summer. Contract bridge is gaining in popularity, and such clubs are springing up all over the country.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1931:

The Jamestown season was formally opened Friday evening, with a dance at the Casino, many members of the summer colony being in attendance.

From the Newport Daily News, July 7, 1931:

Postmaster Caswell announced that there will be an incoming and outgoing mail at 8 o'clock a.m. at the local office during the remainder of the summer.

From the Newport Daily News, July 8, 1931:

The Jamestown Garden Club will hold its annual flower show Wednesday, July 15, in St. Matthew's parish house.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 3, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council at a special meeting last night voted to hold the present $31 tax rate. In so doing, it differed with the tax assessors who announced recently the rate would have to jump $10 to a record high of $41 for both the town and the state.

(The Town Council) voted to accept the bid of J.M. Cleminshaw Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, low bidders on a property revaluation study for the town of Jamestown and ask for confirmation of their bid of $10,300 made last year.

From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1956:

Jamestown observed its quietest Fourth of July in years. There were no fireworks displays. Traffic over both the bridge and ferries was heavy. The Ferry Authority will have three boats in operation making runs every 20 minutes to accommodate the Jazz Festival crowds.

Camp Seaside at Conanicut Park, owned and operated by the Providence YMCA, will open its second two-week camping period Sunday with a full complement of girls, 97, between the ages of 9 and 16. The camp is now in its 79th year of continuous operation at the same site.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 1, 1981:

(photo caption) The Alaskan Star, ocean-going oil drilling platform, is anchored off Jamestown. The rig, too tall to pass beneath the Newport Bridge, arrived Monday and will remain in the harbor for about 10 days before heading to a drilling site at Georges Bank.

From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1981:

Conanicut Associates has filed an application for a special exception and three variances to allow the construction of 100 units for elderly housing.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 3, 1991:

Archeologists excavating an ancient Indian settlement that lies in the path of the new bridge-connector highway have a "very rare" opportunity to gain some insight into how native Rhode Islanders lived some 4,000 years ago. So far, archeologists sifting carefully through the site's yellow sand have uncovered not only stone tools and arrowheads, but evidence of cooking fires, food storage pits, and dwelling places.

Jamestowners experienced a big relief in traffic problems after the state Department of Transportation opened the new interchange at Routes 138 and 1A on the North Kingstown side of the bridge last Friday.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 4, 1996:

Jamestown Village, a limited-income apartment complex with 20 units on Pemberton Avenue whose motto is "Fine Senior Living," was opened for occupancy Monday.

The 2nd annual Ferry Days featured the best of last year's celebration and more. There were more ferryboat employees, an evening concert and dance, and an auction.

Once again, islanders will be able to enjoy the Independence Day festivity at the North End's Fourth of July parade. The parade will get underway tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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