2014-11-20 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 20
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. 20, 1914

The chief of police has received word to post notices warning all people not to lead or drive any cattle across or on any highway in any town in Rhode Island. The penalty for so doing will be a $300 fine or a term in the state prison, or both.

The Jamestown Improvement Society is planting trees on the south side of Narragansett Avenue.

Local farmers report a large quantity of seaweed since the recent gale. Mr. G.W. Peckham had 150 loads on his shore at one time.

Mr. George D. Anthony is making improvements to the post office. This has been enlarged by taking the room used for the town clerk’s office, on account of the large parcel post packages handled in summer.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 17, 1939

At the card party, including whist and pinochle, held at Maplewood Thursday evening, for the benefit of a scholarship fund, and donation to the Jamestown Recreation Commission, 15 tables were played and a substantial sum was realized.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 23, 1939

In accordance with the sanction of the committee in charge of the advertising of Jamestown appropriation, the Town Council voted that a check be drawn on favor of J.C. Harlacker for $41.25 for merchandise sold to the Jamestown Recreation Commission and used for trophies in connection with the water carnival.

The Holy Ghost Society was granted permission to run public dances in its hall, weekly until Jan. 1, with the stipulation that no dances will be held Saturdays or Sundays

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 17, 1964

The sixth-graders of the Jamestown Elementary School went to Newport on a social studies trip yesterday. They inspected the different types of architectural columns at the courthouse, Newport Savings Bank and estates on Ocean Drive.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 21, 1964

Bridge revenues continue on the increase, up 14 percent for the first 19 days of November compared with the same period in 1963. Traffic rose 10 percent with 36,018 cars using the bridge, 3,506 more than the same period last year.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 22, 1989

The Town Council voted unanimously to let the second floor of the Jamestown Country Club be used as a senior citizens center.

A soon-to-be released state report found that the old Jamestown Bridge is safe for traffic and does not pose a serious public safety problem.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 18, 1999

A Boston engineering firm that two years ago put the cost of rehabilitating the town’s sewer treatment plant at $3.5 million told the council Monday night that the cost is now closer to $4 million. While that is a big price tag, it is still $1 million less than the $5 million estimate town officials heard last month from Weston & Sampson Engineering Inc. of Warwick. John H. Hannigan, an engineer with Vollmer Associates LLP, who helped design the Taylor Point treatment plant when it was built 25 years ago, said that the plant is structurally sound but needs some maintenance.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 18, 2004

At its Nov. 10 meeting, the Harbor Management Commission continued to take steps toward coming into compliance with it’s recently passed and newly instituted harbor plan and ordinance.

The Town Council continued its efforts to find a new town administrator, during another discussion held in executive or session. The search committee was named in mid-July to screen applicants for the top local government job of town administrator to succeed Maryanne Crawford, who resigned.

Work has stalled on demolition of the old Jamestown Bridge, but officials in charge of the demolition expect the work to be done in the coming year.

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