2007-07-26 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 26
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 24, 1907

The largest number of cows ever up at auction on the island was offered for sale yesterday on the Seth Pierce place, near the West ferry, when of a herd of 64 over 40 were sold.

From the Newport Daily News, July 25, 1907

The Knowles wharf property at the foot of Narragansett Avenue was offered for sale at public auction today. This is one of the most valuable properties on the island, but owing to the lack of bidders it was bid on by a representative of the Knowles heirs.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 22, 1932

Mrs. Willis E. Clarke, chairman of the Fresh Air Children committee of Jamestown, went to Kinston yesterday to meet the children coming from New York, arriving in Jamestown at 5 o'clock. The children were then placed (in the homes of the hosts). … Mr. Commette, manager of the Palace Theatre, will issue passes during their stay in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, July 26, 1932

Mr. P. H. Hazard made a motion (at a meeting of the Jamestown Historical Society) that the paper on "Old" Jamestown, written by Miss Mollie Carr and read at the previous meeting, be printed in the Newport Daily News.

From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1932

The dance at the casino Wednesday was attended by a large number of the children of the summer colony, and was followed by games and refreshments of cake and ice cream. General dancing followed.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 23, 1957

A drenching rainfall of more than half an inch, the heaviest in Newport in more than two months, buffeted the area yesterday afternoon in a cloudburst that brought soaking relief to parched fields. … In Jamestown, a lightening bolt entered the Southwest Avenue home of Mrs. Ann Hertel, struck the electric range, passed through a hole in the back of the stove, scorched a small area and left a burn mark the size of a half dollar on the wall behind the stove. The fire department was called but no other damage was discerned.

The Defense Department has rejected the Jamestown Council's request that the government relinquish some of its holdings in the town for public parks, recreational areas and tax purposes. … The town had sought holdings at Fort Burnside and at Beavertail for park and recreational purposes. It further asked that Fort Wetherill be returned to the town for tax purposes.

From the Newport Daily News, July 24, 1957

Four Jamestown summer visitors were rescued this noon when their 12-foot "Pram" sailboat capsized about 1,500 feet from the east shore of the island. (They were pulled to safety by skiffs launched by the town fire department and two civilians.)

Jamestown's Mackerel Cove Beach was closed to bathing yesterday due to heavy pollution from raw sewage.

From the Newport Daily News, July 25, 1957

In an effort to obtain ancient maps that may show the location of treasure buried by the notorious Captain Kidd and his pirate crew, John L. Smith, chairman of the Jamestown Tercentenary Inc., yesterday sent a radiogram to an Englishwoman. … Captain Kidd is reputed to have visited Jamestown in the late 1600s as a guest of another noted pirate, Capt. Thomas Payne (sic) at "Cajacet."

Mackerel Cove Beach in Jamestown was reopened to the public yesterday afternoon. …Two tides since the closing (for a second time), plus the effect of offshore winds, were sufficient to make the beach safe for swimming.

From the Newport Daily News, July 29, 1957

Jamestown is readying for the celebration of the town's 300th birthday anniversary. Attractive markers have been placed to designate many of the historical spots on the island.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, July 27, 1982

The Town Council Monday night called for a resolution to endorse a freeze of the nuclear arms race.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 24, 1992

(photo caption) Seamen stand ready to unfurl the square-rigged sails on the tall ship Esmerelda during the tall ships parade in East Passage Monday afternoon. However, Mother Nature did not cooperate with the event's planners. Shortly after Esmerelda set sail a thick fog caused the tall ships to vanish from the sight of landbound spectators.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, July 24, 1997

Refurbishing the town's sewage treatment plant to make it serviceable for another 20 years would cost $3.3 million. Built in the late 70s, the mechanical and electrical components of the plant were designed to last for two decades. With that life span coming to a close, the town hired Vollmer Associates LLP of Boston to evaluate the plant.

Ft. Getty campers indulge in the beauty, relaxation, and friendships of this campground community year after year. Located in the bay's West passage, the campground offers 103 seasonal RV sites with about 80 full season campers.

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