2015-08-27 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of August 27

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, Aug. 27, 1915 At the Town Council meeting, it was voted that the rental of the Town Hall for entertainments and dances be in the hands of the town clerk. 75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 29, 1940 Rogers High School was the only secondary school approved for tuition pupils by the Jamestown School Committee. From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 20, 1940 Most of the 243rd Coast Artillery, Rhode Island National Guard, which reports at Fort Adams Sept. 16 for a year’s training, will eventually be stationed at forts Wetherill and Getty in Jamestown. 50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 24, 1965 The Jamestown Town Council last night awarded the contract for the town multipurpose recreational facility to the Bituminous Pavers Co. of Warwick. Town taxpayers voted $6,780 for the project at the financial town meeting in May. From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 30, 1965 About 400 people were served at the annual johnnycake lunch held by the Jamestown Historical Society last Saturday at St. Matthew’s parish house. Many visited the old mill on North Road, which will benefit from the proceeds of the affair.

25 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 23, 1990 Jamestowners will get their first look Monday at the proposed design plans for the cross-island road. Downtown business owners and residents sent a letter to the Town Council last week asking that something be done about what they say are problems caused by skateboarding teenagers. Construction bids for the expansion of the Jamestown School were opened last week. According to architects in charge of the project, the bids were much lower than expected. The apparent low bid of $3,185,000 came from F.W. Brown construction company of Baltic, Conn. Seventeen companies bid on the project. 15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 24, 2000 Sunshine and perfect breezes ruled over the record 60 participants in this year’s 23rd annual Fools’ Rules Regatta. Attracting sailors from all over the state, country and world, the boat race keeps growing. Sitting as the board of water and sewer commissioners Monday night, the Town Council unanimously decided to charge all municipal sewer users a 10 percent flat fee to pay off the $5.5 million bond needed to rehabilitate the 20-yearold sewer system. There are still about 100 island homes that have not been inspected for the property revaluation that has been going on since the beginning of the year. 10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Aug. 25, 2005 Issues about the quality of ground water running off from the former landfill on North Main Road and the ability of the town to build a new highway barn at that location are in the hands of the state Department of Environmental Management, and the town has no say in the matter. A group of residents from the far northern extremes of the island have had enough of the deer that are destroying their gardens and making them sick with tick-borne diseases. They wrote a letter to the Town Council and town administrator on July 19 demanding that they “act now” to solve the deer crisis.

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