2006-02-16 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of February 16

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 12, 1906:

The ice on the south reservoir was six inches thick yesterday, and early this morning Mr. I.H. Clarke and Mr. N.S. Littlefield commenced filling their houses.

A load of furniture belonging to the family of C.T. Knowles, who are moving to Jamaica, Long Island, was accidentally overturned on Knowles court this morning. After it was re-loaded it again capsized, on Walcott avenue, on its way to the ferry.

From the Newport Daily News, February 13, 1906:

Flag day was observed at the public grammar school yesterday afternoon, the pupils listening to addresses by members of the Grand Army and others on topics appropriate to the occasion.

On account of the thaw, the work of harvesting ice was discontinued yesterday afternoon, but Mr. N.S. Littlefield secured about 400 tons of 6-inch ice of good quality.

From the Newport Daily News, February 14, 1906:

The shore property recently reported sold for the landing place of an opposition ferry is a section just south of the Shoreby Hill plank walk and in front of Mr. Abbot Chandler’s. There seems to be some doubt as to the title to this property, as only a few years ago the town, asserting ownership, stopped the erection of a fence between it and the road by individuals who laid claim to the beach. From the Newport Daily News, February 17, 1906:

Local fishermen are still making fair catches of codfish in the bay, and also a plentiful supply of clams along the shores.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 14, 1931:

The students of the eighth grade of the Thomas H. Clarke school held a dance in the school hall last evening. Owing to many attending the basketball game, the attendance was not as large as had been hoped for.

From the Newport Daily News, February 16, 1931:

The next home demonstration meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Arthur S. Clarke on Conanicus avenue. The subjects will be “School Lunches” and “Reducing Diets.”

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 13, 1956:

Fifty attended the Jamestown Lion’s Club pre-Lenten dance Saturday night at St. Mark’s parish house. Music was furnished by the Four D’s of Providence.

Forty men of St. Mark’s parish met last night in the parish hall and reactivated the Holy Name Society.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 12. 1981:

The town Taxpayers’ Association has repeated its opposition to new housing developments on the island, because of the water situation.

The newly organized Jamestown La Leche League will hold its first meeting Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 14, 1991:

Jamestown voters will be asked to approve a $7.2 million budget at the annual financial town meeting on March 4. The proposed spending package, adopted by the Town Council Monday night, is up 8.2 percent over last year’s budget.

Jamestown will soon be served by two hardware stores, both of which are slated to open this month. Conanicut Hardware & Paint is the latest addition to the island’s hardware resources. … Conanicut Hardware will be located at 30 Southwest Ave., next to the Corner Market. Jamestown Hardware Limited announced last month it would open in late February at the site on Narragansett Avenue formerly known as Hammond’s Hardware.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 15, 1996:

The Town Council voted this week to increase the sewer frontage tax to 55 cents per foot, up a nickel over the current rate. But voters will get the final say on the matter when the rate hike is presented as a warrant item at the annual financial town meeting March 4.

Conanicut Marine Services has leased the historic Clark Boat Yard facility, adding a new dimension to its growing operations.

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