2006-02-09 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of February 9
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, February 7, 1906:

The prospects for an ice crop are increasing. The local icemen report from 3to 3inch ice on their ponds.

From the Newport Daily News, February 8, 1906:

The paymaster and clerk visited Fort Greble yesterday, to pay enlisted men.

The Ferry Company has disposed of nearly all the coal preparatory to tearing down the coal bin.

A large party of young people took advantage of the fine skating last evening.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 11, 1931:

The usual weekly assembly was held at the Carr school yesterday, and was under the direction of Miss Clare Weicker of the teaching force. The program was in commemoration of flag day and Lincoln day.

A meeting of the Jamestown Post, American Legion, was held last evening in the town hall, Commander John L. Smith presiding. After the regular opening exercises reports of the different committees were read. The membership committee reported 62 members with dues paid, the quota for Jamestown being 72.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 6, 1956:

The Jamestown Drum and Bugle Corps will hold an open meeting tomorrow night at 8 at the Recreation Center to which parents of the members and others townspeople interested in the corps are invited. Members said today that the continuance of the corps hinges on the interest shown by the adults.

From the Newport Daily News, February 10, 1956:

A hurricane barrier from Portsmouth to North Kingstown, with Prudence Island in the middle, is at present the most-favored location of Army Engineers studying the protection of Narragansett Bay.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 5, 1981:

Developing a “map street ordinance” was stressed at a Planning Board meeting Wednesday night.

Gov. Garrahy Wednesday turned down the Save Our Watershed request for an environmental impact study and an alternated route between the Jamestown and Newport Bridges.

From the Newport Daily News, February 9, 1981:

The Town Council has slashed a potential increase in the tax rate from $5 to $2.98 after several cost cutting sessions.

Mrs. Anna F. Caswell, 90, of North Main Road, the first woman school bus driver in Rhode Island and believed to be the first in the United States, died Sunday morning at Newport Hospital.

From the Newport Daily News, February 10, 1981:

The Town Council plans to appoint a 9-member recreation advisory committee to govern the Recreation Center. . . . The new committee will be similar to one that governed the center several years ago.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 7, 1991:

Conanicut Island’s three churches will keep vigil during the Persian Gulf War by opening their sanctuaries for prayer and meditation, according to the newly-formed Jamestown Ecumenical Council.

Jamestown sailor Mike Plant and 17 of his fellow competitors in the BOC Challenge yacht race were given a spectacular farewell Sunday as they raced out of Sydney Harbor to begin Leg III of this single-handed, around-the-world yacht race.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 8, 1996:

In hopes of increasing the town’s water supply, a hydrologist this week is scheduled to locate the best spot to drill a second municipal well in the watershed just south of North Pond reservoir.

The Jamestown Harbor Management Commission will hire an engineering firm to draw up “conceptual plans” for the controversial proposed extension of the steel pier at East Ferry with the addition of a T-pier ferry landing.

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