2012-06-14 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of June 14

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, June 14, 1912

The Jamestown Club has opened for the season.

Hotel guests are arriving daily, but not as fast as would have been the case had the battleship fleet remained in the bay. Still, by the first of July, the hotels will be comfortably filled.

The weekly shoot of the Diamond Spring Rifle Club was won by Stubbs Friday evening. He also shot the high string and took the bronze bar for the best handicap score. Eleven men faced the target.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 10, 1937

The Peckham Wrecking Company of Newport commenced this morning the work of razing the John Price Wetherill cottage on the Cliff Walk.

From the Newport Daily News, June 11, 1937

Repairs are being made to the Tefft “Castle” on Cole Street.

From the Newport Daily News, June 12, 1937

The 65-pound bass caught last season by Arthur S. Clarke has been mounted and is now being exhibited for a few days while awaiting the completion of a show case by the Ferry Company. It will be on display on the west ferry steamer.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, June 11, 1962

Two field days were held at the Jamestown School last week for grades four through eight with Dale Brown, fifth- grade teacher, general chairman. From the Newport Daily News,

June 12, 1962

Town Solicitor Daniel J. Murray of Jamestown last night told the Town Council that he had written to the General Services Administration of the town’s interest in acquiring both the Prospect Hill military reservation of 17.97 acres for recreational and monumental purposes, and the Hull Cove military reservation of 1.85 acres for a nuclear fallout shelter. The two reservations have been declared surplus property by the government.

Mackerel Cove beach will open officially on June 16 at 10 a.m.

The toll on the Jamestown Bridge for automobiles will drop from 65 cents to 60 cents on July 1. The toll reduction is the first since 1958 when the toll was lowered from 70 to 65 cents. The toll collectors will receive $2.25 an hour, a raise of 11 cents per hour for a 40-hour week.

Thirty-two eighth-grade Jamestown boys and girls received diplomas from Frederick C. Clarke Jr., chairman of the school board, at graduation exercises at the school last night.

Jamestown’s tax rate remains at $18.10 per $1,000, as predicted by town officials.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

June 11, 1987

The House Finance Committee voted 9-5 Wednesday to name the new bridge, “The Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge.” From the Newport Daily News,

June 13, 1987

After lengthy and eloquent debate on historical, ethnic and practical merits, the House voted convincingly to name the new span being built over Narragansett Bay the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge. State representatives voted 65-25 for the new hyphenated name Friday, after about an hour of heated argument that at times appeared to be a battle between the northern and southern halves of the state. From the Newport Daily News,

June 16, 1987

State transportation officials came to Jamestown Monday night seeking town support for the cross-island connector road alignment. They were met by a stony wall of discontent.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 12, 1997

A public work session on how best to use the second floor of the town-owned country club will be held Monday, June 16. Since the town bought the golf course in 1986, the country club’s second floor has always been a restaurant, but none were successful until Chuck Masso, now the owner of Chopmist Charlie’s, took over operation of the country club restaurant.

Town Council members elected May 7 got a tour of town facilities. (They learned of problems with town facilities: water in basement of town hall, lack of storage space, and a leaking roof at the library.)

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

June 13, 2002

The Town Council Monday approved, with relatively minor changes, the latest update for the new Comprehensive Community Plan, but rejected proposed zoning for a public facility zone. The rejection leaves Lot 47, the controversial intended site for the town highway barn, as a rural-residential zoned property.

Commemoration ceremonies for completion of the Conanicut Battery restoration project are planned for Saturday, June 29.

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