2011-07-07 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of July 7
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the

Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, July 7, 1911

The Jamestown Golf Club is coming into full swing, with the arrival of many of the old and not a few new members. Four tennis courts are in operation, and the golf links have been used for some time, for the golf enthusiasts do not wait. The clubhouse has been repaired, the damage from lightening amounted to only about $30, and things look bright for a good season. The town is well filled, the cottage residents being nearly all here, and there are many at the hotels. It looks like a good season.

Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Poe of Baltimore are at Harmony Villa on Union Street for the summer.

The double service between the island and Newport was started Tuesday morning.

The dedication Sunday of St, Mark’s Church, Jamestown, was an event the members of which will long remain a pleasure on its parishioners and the rector, Father P.J. Sullivan.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 1, 1936

The Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company has announced a new rate schedule. It is the lowest in 25 years, according to company officials. The new rates are in a form of a six-trip book at $3 for pleasure cars, including passengers to registered seating capacity, or 50 cents for a single trip.

There were no bidders at the mortgagees sale of the Jessie Knowles property on Narragansett avenue and of the Margaret O’Brien on Coronado street Tuesday. Both were bid in by the Home Loan Association.

From the Newport Daily News, July 3, 1936

The summer season will be formally opened this evening with a dance at the Beaver Tail Golf and Country Club. Bob Bennett’s orchestra will play for dancing.

Beginning Sunday July 5, the post office will be open Sundays from 10:45 to 11:30 until further notice.

From the Newport Daily News, July 6, 1936

Fireworks could be seen [on July 4] from all points on the island. Captain Manders, light keeper, reports the largest crowd at Beaver Tail in his years of service there.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 5, 1961

The White Sox (2-7), cellar-dwellers of the Jamestown Little League’s first-half pennant race, meet the undefeated Tigers (9-0) in the opening game of the second-half tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Society Field.

From the Newport Daily News, July 7, 1961

Bertram Lippincott, author of “Indians, Privateers and High Society,” was a guest at the silver tea at he Jamestown Philomenian Library yesterday, and autographed copies of his book.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 2, 1986

It was like “a big lawn party” for visitors watching Tall Ships Parade of Sail to Jamestown Tuesday. Police Chief James Pemantell said this morning that besides one arrest for disorderly conduct and several minor injuries, “everything went according to the game plan.” Shuttle busses operated from East Shore Road. Traffic leaving the island after the show found some slow going but nothing compared to the 1982 catastrophic jam-up. By 6 p.m. Pemantell said Jamestown was back to normal.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 4, 1996

Jamestown Village, a limitedincome apartment complex with 20 units on Pemberton Avenue whose motto is “Fine Senior Living,” was opened for occupancy Monday. During a brief ceremony last week, the building’s community room was dedicated to Francisco “Frank” Brasil, a long-time resident, former town department head, and a member and officer of the Holy Ghost Society who was instrumental in getting the housing project started but died before it was finished.

The second annual Ferry Days featured the best of last year’s celebration and more. There were more former ferryboat employees, an evening concert and dance, and a live auction.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 5, 2001

The state Department of Transportation recently announced that it plans to construct a North Kingstown to Jamestown bicycle route. Peter Healey, a principal civil engineer with the DOT’s Highway Engineering Office, said Tuesday that the plan is to make a path that would start at the Park ‘n’ Ride on Route 1A in Saunderstown on the south side of Route 138, cross over the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge, and then loop around through the Jamestown Shores before returning back over the bridge.

The Zoning Board of Review in a 4-1 vote June 25 denied the application of MCF Communication Inc. and property owners Ralph A. and Marie S. Jagscitz to construct a 93-foot monopole and install cell phone antennas and ground equipment on Severance Lane.

Dutch Island is still closed with no immediate plans to re-open it. State Department of Environmental Management spokeswoman Gail Mastrati said the island, a part of Jamestown, will not be accessible to boaters, campers or hikers until the National Guard secures the site, a former military installation, which includes open concrete bunkers and other hazards.

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