2006-02-23 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of February 23

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 24, 1906:

The firemen gave their second social of the season last evening in the Gardner House hall, which was prettily decorated for the occasion with flags and bunting, pictures of George and Martha Washington occupying a prominent place in the decorations. There was an unusually large attendance, several Newporters being present. Howard’s orchestra furnished the music.

From the Newport Daily News, February 26, 1906:

Mr. P.H. Horgan is having several large pine trees in front of Hotel Thorndike cottage No. 3 moved to his property farther south, as their present location interferes with the view of the bay from the cottage veranda.

From the Newport Daily News, February 27, 1906:

Mr. H.S. Stubbs was granted permission (by the Town Council) to place a music cabinet in the town hall, for the use of the Jamestown Band.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 20, 1931:

The three clubs in the Thomas H. Clarke school held a business meeting yesterday. The newspaper club held a business meeting and discussed plans for publishing the “Broadcaster” in the near future. At the meeting of the Basketry Club, with Miss Clare Weicker in charge, much was accomplished in the reed and raffia work, and the Dramatic Club made plans for a play to be presented shortly.

From the Newport Daily News, February 24, 1931:

The Woman’s Auxiliary of St. Matthew’s Church held its regular meeting Monday afternoon at the parish house. . . . After the opening exercises, the work of making surgical gowns for Salt Lake City hospital was completed, and the remainder of the afternoon was spent in sewing for the Newport Hospital and Red Cross.

From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1931: school department conduct an Americanization class in Jamestown. . . . Mr. (I.H.) Clarke also reported that Mr. Wetherell (sic), the architect, had submitted a new set of plans for a town hall building which might be used as a World War Memorial and also stated the plans had met with the approval of those who had seen them.

The Rosen Company of Newport is offering a beautiful silver cup to the winners of the Jamestown Basket Ball League. The cup, which is 21 inches in height topped with the figure of a man holding a ball, may be seen at Rosen’s, where it is on display.

From the Newport Daily News, February 27, 1931:

Citizens, with dependents, of the town of Jamestown desirous of employment are requested to file their names in the office of the town clerk.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 18, 1956:

The Jamestown and Newport ferry Company last night authorized its attorney, Andrew P. Quinn, to revise a proposed measure that seeks to sell the company’s real estate and tangible personal property to the state for $270,000.

From the Newport Daily News, February 20, 1956:

The proposed hurricane barrier across Narragansett Bay from North Kingstown to Portsmouth would be a huge rock structure costing between $40,000,000 and $50,000,000.

From the Newport Daily News, February 21, 1956:

A Jamestown woman who crossed part of early America in a covered wagon as a young woman observed her 100th birthday yesterday with congratulations from President and Mrs. Eisenhower. Mrs. Burton L. Coffey was honored at a reception attended by 200 people in the former Jamestown casino on Conanicus Avenue. From the Newport Daily News, February 28, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night directed Town Attorney Daniel J. Murray to prepare a bill for introduction in the General Assembly providing for a permanent police department.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 20, 1981:

A Danish-registered oil tanker hit the Newport Bridge Thursday at 12:40 p.m. causing only superficial damage to the bow. The 35,000 ton, 562-foot Gerd Maersk hit the main support tower on the bridge’s east side, knocking off chunks of concrete protectors around the tower.

From the Newport Daily News, February 24, 1981:

The Town Council Monday night adopted an operating budget of $2,990,504 for 1981-82. The budget as adopted would boost the tax rate by $2.95, bringing it to $40.65.

The town may raise the dam on North reservoir about two inches to capture water flooding over the spillway.

From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1981:

The town is seeking a grant and low interest loan to extend a sewer line at the West Ferry area and a water line on Weeden Lane.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 21, 1991:

Jamestown’s Public Works Department must relocate its equipment currently stored in buildings on state land at Fort Wetherill, the Fort Wetherill Advisory Committee decided last week at its first meeting. In addition, the committee also ruled that commercial fishermen berthing their vessels on the pier at Fort Wetherill will no longer be allowed to do so, and would be phased out over time. Aproposal to relocate state Department of Fish and Wildlife offices to buildings at Fort Wetherill was also discussed at the meeting.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 23, 1996:

With a goal of getting a “total picture” of the island’s troubled water supply, two town committees will meet jointly with a University of Rhode Island geologist.

The Jamestown Stamp Club will have an organizational meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Melrose Avenue school multi-purpose room.

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