Gustavus Adolophus Clarke

Gustavus Adolophus Clarke

Gustavus Adolphus Clarke, known as G. Adolphus, was one of Jamestown’s many descendants of Joseph Clarke, one of the original purchasers of Conanicut Island.  He was born in Jamestown in 1839, eighth of the nine children of David Wright and Sarah Chaffee Clarke.  He...
From the Collection – JHS Business Letterheads

From the Collection – JHS Business Letterheads

  Members of the Jamestown Historical Society who grew up on Conanicut Island or spent their summers here will recognize many of the businesses that are found in the JHS Financial records. The letterheads in the JHS collection are receipts for work completed by...
When Beavertail Closed

When Beavertail Closed

In early Jamestown through the first half of the 20th century, the area that is now Beavertail State Park was a popular fishing ground. As early as 1754, the Newport Colonial Lighthouse Committee had guaranteed a Right of Way to the water around the lighthouse....
Three Cousins

Three Cousins

Thirteen Jamestown men died in service during World War II: Everett Alward, Howard Arnold, Bernard Anthony Brooks, Charles Brooks Jr, Lewis Burdick, Damon Cummings, Arthur Day, Delbert Gravatt, Frank Leighton, David Masterson, William C. Sweet, James Williams, and...
Mabel Brice Wheeler

Mabel Brice Wheeler

Mabel Brice was born in Philadelphia in July 1877 and, like many young women of her social set, she seems to have done little of interest for the first 35 years of her life. She, her brother Charles, and sister Anna lived with their parents in her mother’s family home...