2014-11-06 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 6
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, Nov. 6, 1914

Sunday the hunting season on quail, woodcock and rabbits opened and the early boat from Newport brought a large number of sportsmen, most of whom were on their way to the woods in Narragansett. The dry condition of the fallen leaves and ground made it hard work for the dogs, and small bags were the result, although more game than for a number of years is reported.

Only 5 feet more in height remains to be poured of the work on the water supply tower on Howland Avenue. An ornamental design of concrete around the top will be poured and the whole tank given a covering of reinforced concrete completing the work.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 3, 1939

At the Red Cross meeting, Miss Mary Greene, the health nurse, reported on her work for the month. Owing to the epidemic of mumps, her work had been unusually heavy.

A gay Halloween party was held Friday evening at the Thomas H. Clarke School, with an attendance of more than 300 pupils from the Carr and Thomas H. Clarke schools, high school pupils and many parents and members of the school faculty. Many of the pupils came in costume.

Although a final decision as to the construction of roads across Jamestown still remain in abeyance, work is proceeding according to schedule on the $3,104,000 bridge, which is now 70 percent completed. The substructure was classed as 90 percent completed.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 4, 1964

The local terminus of the proposed $42 million Newport Bay Bridge may be located well north of the announced Washington Street site. From another source the Newport Daily News learned that the proposed new site would cross Navy-owned Gould Island.

Democrats won handily in the Jamestown election yesterday, sweeping all contests except in the gubernatorial race.

The presidential vote was 895 for Johnson and 374 for Goldwater. Also the voters registered overwhelming support for the Newport Bay Bridge, 761-284.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 6, 1964

Sen. Pell’s office made known today that the Navy intends to take over 51.9 acres of land at Beavertail at a cost of $90,000. The purpose is to consolidate the Navy’s radio transmitting facilities for the entire Narragansett Bay complex, including both Newport and Quonset.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 9, 1989

Enforcing a 24-hour leash law would cost the town more than $100,000, Town Administrator Robert Sutton told the Town Council.

The controversy over where to build a new police station may be one step closer to being resolved. Councilor Valerie Southern proposed that taxpayers be given a choice of three options when it comes time for them to vote on the issue. Taxpayers have twice rejected plans to renovate the present police station.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 4, 1999

The land surrounding the Newport Bridge toll plaza is becoming more beautiful by the minute, part of an effort to give tourists a proper welcome to the Newport area. The project was designed by landscape architect Randy Collins of the East Providence firm Gates, Leighton & Associates, and will cost the authority $141,000.

A new engineering report says that by pumping water from South Pond to the North Pond reservoir before returning it to the water treatment plant, the island could probably double its available water supply.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 4, 2004

Free coffee at each polling place Tuesday was not enough to sway voters to approve a $2.4 million bond issue to construct a new public works garage at Taylor Point. Voters defeated the measure by a 2-1 margin, with 2,111 islanders saying no and 1,008 saying yes.

Deer hunting at Beavertail State Park, which was supposed to begin on Nov. 8, has been delayed, according to state and local officials. A hunting season could violate the agreement between the federal government, which gave land to the state and the town, and a violation of this agreement could cause the park to revert back to the U.S. government.

The weather was perfect for Sunday’s Jack-O’-Lantern Jog, which saw nearly 200 runners and walkers wending their way through town wearing costumes reflective of the Halloween holiday.

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