2015-05-21 / Island History

This Week In Island History

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, May 21, 1915

The yearly drill of rifle practice and mine planting has commenced at Fort Greble. In the absence of one of the regular mine planting steamers, the Richard Arnold was used for the work.

Arbor Day was observed in the public schools Friday by appropriate exercises. The little ones who took part in the program did so in a manner which reflected credit on themselves and on the instruction of the corps of teachers.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 17, 1940

Opening of the new $3,104,000 Jamestown Bridge, originally hoped for between June 15 and July 1, will not take place until later in July, the exact date to be determined, subject to the progress of the contractor, it became known today. In the meantime, the West Ferry, which resumed operations this morning, will continue its service.

Severe weather last winter, which held up progress on the superstructure on various occasions, was given as the reason for the delay.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1965

Ten persons participated in a large bore rifle shoot yesterday afternoon at the sand pits on North Road. The shoot was posponsored See Letters on next page by the Jamestown Hunters and Shooters.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 17, 1990

The construction of the new addition to the Jamestown Elementary School has received approval from the state Historical Preservation Committee. The new site, across the athletic fields from the school, contains no burial sites.

The Jamestown Harbor Commission last week approved 269 commercial moorings for East Ferry harbor. About 90 local citizens and 15 non-residents remain on the waiting list.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 18, 2000

Who has rights to the shore in the West Reach neighborhood? At the May 10 meeting of the Harbor Management Commission, several residents of West Reach Estates appealed a March 21 letter sent from the harbormaster’s office that they would not be permitted to have moorings or riparian waters in the West Passage of the Narragansett Bay.

Whether or not to institute a five-day ban on all outdoor water uses over the Fourth of July weekend will be considered by the Town Council at its first meeting in June.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 19, 2005

A document nearly 250 years old that details the purchase of Conanicut Island from the Narragansett Indians has been bought at auction by the Jamestown Historical Society. “This is the seminal document of the founding of Jamestown,” Society President William Burgin said.

Trial studies this past year using reverse osmosis, a relatively new water treatment technology, produced good results, consultants told the Town Council, sitting as the board of water and sewer commissioners. The consultants said the technology will produce higher quality water with less backwash which means more water will be available to distribute to municipal water customers.

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