2015-01-22 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of JANUARY 22
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, Jan. 22, 1915

The Jamestown Union Club, an organization formed for the purpose of maintaining Republican principles in the town of Jamestown, has drawn up and forwarded to Sens. H. F. Lippitt and Le Baron H. Colt and Reps. Ambrose Kennedy and Walter R. Stiness petitions requesting them to use their influence to defeat the immigration bill now pending before Congress, or to have the literacy test apply equally to people of the African or black race.

A choral society with the immediate object of singing an Easter cantata the coming season was organized Saturday evening. About 35 singers met in memorial hall in the Baptist church.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 23, 1940

Several members of the rod and gun club are purchasing grain for pheasants while the ground is covered with snow.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 24, 1940

The Jamestown Bridge was 80 percent completed today, despite delays due to adverse weather conditions, and it was expected that the progress plan, which calls for the joining of the main roadway in the center on May 15, will be met.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 22, 1965

A budget of $299,163 and increased teacher salary schedule were adopted by the Jamestown School Committee Monday night. The salary schedule is from $5,100 to $7,500 in 10 steps with yearly raises ranging from $200 to $400.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 18, 1990

The Town Council next Monday will begin reviewing a tentative $6.8 million budget for next year.

Plans to renovate the recreation center that include new public restrooms and an office for the new harbormaster are being drawn up by town officials.

The newly formed Harbor Management Commission last Wednesday voted unanimously to hire a full-time harbormaster to manage the programs mandated by the town’s new harbor ordinance.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 20, 2000

A broken pipe at Melrose School over the weekend has left one classroom in shambles and three others in unusable condition.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 20, 2005

The Newport County Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation gave one of nine grants, totaling some $300,000, to a Jamestown group. The amount awarded to Jamestown was $50,000.

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