2006-01-19 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of January 19
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News comes from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 15, 1906:

Mr. Alton Head has moved the shed from his property on Greene lane to his farm at the north end of the island. The moving of this building alters much to the appearance of the street and to Mr. Head’s property.

From the Newport Daily News, January 17, 1906:

Wives, whose husbands play whist in the Club series, met last evening at the home of Mrs. J.C. Tefft on Clinton avenue, to play whist also.

From the Newport Daily News, January 19, 1906:

One five-masted and four four-masted schooners, representing a carrying capacity of more than 12,000 tons, passed out of the west passage about noon today

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 16, 1931:

(At the town council meeting) the town treasurer was directed to pay to the Jamestown Post American Legion, the sum of $481 as provided by a vote of the financial town meeting, held on April 30, 1930. The money will be used to equip the drum and bugle corps.

The ordinance of the town of Jamestown relating to the licensing of shows and exhibitions is to be enforced, and the chief of police was instructed to see that ordinance is enforced.

From the Newport Daily News, January 19, 1931:

From the 100 letters sent last week by the Jamestown Board of Trade to the members of the summer colony in various parts of the United States, numerous replies have been received at this early date, those of John J. Watson, of New York, and Dr. Thomas G. Ashton of Philadelphia being among the first received and both letters heartily endorse doing the work around their summer homes at the present time to help the unemployment in Jamestown by directing that the work around their summer homes here be startted immediately.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 24, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night accepted as part of the town highway system Beacon Street from Eldred Avenue to Frigate Avenue, a distance of .6 mile and Capstan Street from North Road to Seaside Drive. . . . A letter was received from the police association requesting installation of vapor lights at the east ferry mall.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 16, 1981:

Building permits issued during December, by building inspector Charles J. Dowling Jr., included a permit to New England Telephone Co. to build an addition on its building at Pemberton Avenue at $60,000.

From the Newport Daily News, January 19, 1981:

The Jamestown Waterfront Authority wants a public hearing on the state Department of Environmental Management’s application for a water trail at Fort Wetherill. The authority will urge the Town Council to ask CRMC to schedule the hearing.

From the Newport Daily News, January 20, 1981:

The School Committee Monday night submitted to the Town Council a proposed budget for 1981-82 of $1.54 million, up $186,745. More than $1.1 million would come from local taxes.

From the Newport Daily News, January 22, 1981:

The School Committee Wednesday night looked into chronic breakdown problems that have been plaguing school buses.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 17, 1991:

Work on the Jamestown Bridge was slated to resume this week after the general contractor and state Department of Transportation officials reached an agreement on Tuesday. The two sides met Tuesday to address the contractor’s concerns regarding the state’s fiscal situation following the banking crisis.

The Jamestown Community Theatre is planning to start production of its next musical. Rehearsals for “The Wizard of Oz” will get underway in mid-March.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 18, 1996:

The Town Council has tentatively approved a general budget that is about 2.65 percent higher than last year’s $4.4 million spending package. But that figure has yet to include any salary increases.

An 8 percent increase is expected in the 1996-97 operating budget for the Jamestown School.

Another municipal well will be drilled near the North Pond reservoir in an effort to increase the town’s troubled water supply.

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