2006-02-02 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of February 2

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, February 1, 1906:

Another case of scarlet fever has developed, the patient being the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.C. Bullard. Like the other cases, this one is of a mild form.

The old pilot house which has stood on the coal bin on Ferry wharf has been sold by the ferry company and moved away today. The structure was one of the pilot houses of steamer Jamestown, the first steam ferryboat to ply between Jamestown and Newport, and was placed on the coal bin when that boat was dismantled to be used as a lighter.

From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1906:

Steamer Beaver Tail made a special trip to Newport at 3 o’clock this morning for a doctor.

The temperature was from zero to four above at various places about the town this morning.

From the Newport Daily News, February 5, 1906:

Four iceboats made their initial appearances on Peckham’s pond yesterday and several lively brushes were in order. The ice was thin enough in some places to make the sport dangerous, one boat breaking through and the crew escaping with only a slight wetting.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 26, 1931:

The Jamestown Post, American Legion dance, which was held in the Holy Ghost hall Saturday evening was a social success with about 75 couples attending. “Bill” Bailey’s orchestra of Newport furnishing music.

From the Newport Daily News January 31, 1931:

The basket ball games at the Holy Ghost hall last evening drew a large crowd in spite of the snow storm, and many found the traveling pretty hard after the games were over, as the snow had fallen heavily during the evening.

From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1931:

A special meeting of the town council was held Monday evening for the purposes of opening bids for the construction of additional bathhouses at Mackerel Cove beach. It was voted that the bid of Thomas D. Wright in the sum of $1269 for one wing be accepted.

Many of the young people are enjoying the excellent coasting on the different hills about town.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 1, 1956:

Jamestown’s special police association completed the Red Cross first aid course under the instruction of Joseph Segerson, Red Cross first aid chairman.

From the Newport Daily News, February 2, 1956:

A new court of the Catholic Daughters of America was instituted last night in Jamestown by members of Court Newport.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 2, 1981:

Conanicut Island’s first professional building was dedicated Sunday afternoon during ribbon cutting ceremonies at the ultra-modern medical facilities on North Road. Dr. Chang K. Lee, Dr. Mauricio Golberg and junior member Dr. Scott R. Bisbing, all surgeons and internists are associated at the new medical building.

From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1981:

The Vietnamese family of four, sponsored by St. Mark’s Church Friends of Refugees, has arrived in Jamestown.

The Town Council Monday night cut the Jamestown Community Youth Program’s annual appropriation of $7,500 from the 1981-82 town budget.

Brian Jones’s All Tap Revue headlines the second event in the Jamestown Theater’s winter series Saturday at 8 p.m.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 31, 1991:

A crowd of 140 Jamestowners turned out Tuesday evening to hear the state Department of Transportation present its arguments supporting the proposed cross-island connector road. . . . A concern raised frequently is the posted speed of the new road. The speed on the new Jamestown Bridge . . . will be 50 mph and will continue as such until the new highway reaches North Road. The speed then will change to 45 mpg until the new highway reaches the Newport toll plaza.

Trustees of the new Jamestown Philomenian Library Monday night asked the Town Council for $700,000 in support for their plans to build a $1.4 million addition to the existing library building.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 1, 1996:

A “model” landscaping project to beautify the cross-island highway is set to get underway in mid-March. Costing $1,162,513, the project includes the planting of grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and evergreens, and also a three-year maintenance program for mowing, pruning, fertilizing, and watering to make sure the plantings take hold.

The 98th annual Parish Meeting of the Corporation of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4.

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