2011-08-11 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 11
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 Daily News, Aug. 11, 1911

Sunday was the largest day of the season for excursionists. On the afternoon trips of the ferries to Newport both boats were taxed to their full capacity with automobiles and carriages.

On the weekly stop of steamer Mount Hope at Conanicut Park Friday morning several hundred excursionists left the boat. These with nearly 200 more, landed later by steamer Sagamore, make the largest number at the Park at one time for several years.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 8, 1936

With the decision as to whether the Jamestown-Saunderstown bridge will be erected as a PWA project up to President Roosevelt, increasing support for construction is being had in various parts of the state.

(At the Jamestown Fire Department business meeting a committee was appointed and $52 was appropriated to purchase badges for the fire department members.)

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 11, 1936

St. Mark’s annual fair opened this afternoon at the parish hall, with a large attendance and the different booths were well patronized. There were many articles on the Philadelphia table. A large crowd is expected during the three evenings, while the fair is in progress.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 12, 1936

The YWCA Camp Seaside at Conanicut Park will present a pageant Thursday evening, entitled “The History of Conanicut Island,” and will be a part of Rhode Island’s tercentenary celebration, and will be held in the out-of-door theatre at the camp.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 10, 1936

The Jamestown School Committee last night voted to give teaching assignments to Supt. Anthony J. Miller and Miss Eliz- abeth R. Murray, principal, at the Jamestown School. This was a move to cut the budget, which has been cut $16,200 in federal aid funds.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 12, 1961

The Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company last night voted to forward to the town the $27,000 annual payment received for the Jamestown-Newport Ferry system. This was the sixth payment received in the total purchase price of the town owned ferry. The same board, sitting as the Jamestown Bridge Commission, voted to make another payment to the painting contractors, who have completed the painting of the Jamestown Bridge. This second payment was $3,800.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 9, 1986

St. Matthew’s parish, in celebration of its 150th anniversary, has arranged an art exhibition in the parish hall, Aug. 16-24. The exhibition will feature oil and watercolors by Mary Chase and color photographs by her husband, Tony Balloch.

From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 12, 1986

The ball has sounded for round two of the “name-the-bridge” battle. After being battered in the opening round by the high-visibility campaign of a Providence newspaper to name the new Jamestown Bridge after an Italian explorer, local residents are hoping top make themselves heard.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 8, 1996

The Golf Course Study Committee is scheduled to make its recommendations on what should be done with the town-owned gold course at the Town Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13.

A new general music teacher for the Jamestown School was hired during last week’s School Committee meeting. Christopher Ashton, who graduated from Boston’s Berklee (sic) School of Music with a degree in music education, will begin teaching in September.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 9, 2001

Everyone has a different opinion about the weather, but most local merchants agree that business this summer has been “consistently good.”

Friends of the Conanicut Battery met last Thursday, Aug. 2, to discuss the remaining work to be done at the battery and the planning of the battery’s dedication day slated for June 20, 2002.

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