This Week In Island History
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. 27, 1914
Conanicut Grange was granted permission to place curtains in the Town Hall.
The recommendation of the chief of the fire department for prices to be paid for horse hire was approved.
D. W. Arnold has torn down the old laundry on his property on Cole Street and commenced work on a cottage.
The School Committee has made arrangements to have the fire alarm blow at 8:15 a.m. when stormy and there is to be no school, and at 11:30 a.m. when there is to be one session.
75 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 28, 1939
The performance of “Columbus Discovers America,” given Monday evening at the Palace Theatre under the direction of A. R. Commette of Newport, was attended by a large audience. The scene opened with singing by the cast of 40, with Mr. Commette at the piano and Mr. Fredette, violinist
50 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 24, 1964
The Jamestown Philomenian Library, believed to be one of the four oldest libraries in the country, will be turned over to the town as a public library, the Jamestown Town Council was advised last night by Richard J. Waters, chairman of the library board.
Notice was received from the Department of Employment Security relative to the Medicare Act effective Jan. 1.
The council received notice that 51.9 acres of land on Beavertail had been taken over by the United State government.
From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 27, 1964
When papers are signed by representatives of the Jamestown Town Council and the board of the Jamestown Philomenian Library to formalize the offer of the library’s assets to the town as a free library, the library will change its status once again in its long history.
25 years ago
From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 30, 1989
Voters at a Dec. 14 special financial town meeting will decide whether to pay $241,706 in unexpected costs to modernize the antiquated water plant on North Main Road.
Increased cost estimates for the three options for a new police station that will be presented to voters at a Dec. 14 financial town meeting were approved by the Town Council at its last session. The first proposal, across from the Jamestown Country Club, was increased from $542,000 to $845,000. Costs for option two, building a new police station on Southwest Avenue and moving the town offices to an expanded Town Hall, were boosted from $1.6 million to $1.67 million. Option three, expanding and renovating the existing police station housed in the recreation center, was raised from $642,000 to $681,000. All three options are for a police station of 5,000 square feet, which includes separate holding cells for juveniles and adults.
15 years ago
From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 24, 1999
The Harbor Management Commission wants to make $1.15 million worth of repairs to the town’s waterfront property, and it wants one-third of those costs to come from the town’s general fund. But whether or not the Town Council decides to ante up $375,000, at the rate of $75,000 a year over five years, remains to be seen.
10 years ago
From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 24, 2004
The Town Council Monday unanimously appointed Mark W. Haddad Jamestown’s new town administrator, effective Dec. 6. Haddad was chosen from among four finalists recommended by a search committee that interviewed 40 applicants for the post vacated in mid-July.
At its Nov. 18 meeting, the School Committee debated the manner in which it may select a high school for island students to attend in the future.