2006-03-09 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of March 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, March 8, 1906:

The volunteer firemen held their monthly practice last evening, the engine company and hose No. 1 making a run to the ferry, about a half mile from their station.

Steamer Leander Wilcox landed about 20 tons of fertilizer on Knowles's wharf this morning for Mr. A.H. Peckham.

The paymaster and clerk made their monthly visit to Fort Greble yesterday afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, March 10, 1906:

Two persons looking for summer cottages were in town today.

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

The assembly at the Thomas H. Clarke School Tuesday afternoon was in charge of Miss Doris MacKaye and the program consisted of readings pertaining to the lives of four of our American poets and recitations of selections written by them.

From the Newport Daily News, March 12, 1931:

The Jamestown Americanization class held its first session Tuesday at the Thomas H. Clarke school with 21 adults attending. Some are taking their first lessons in speaking English, as well as in reading and writing the language. Another group is composed of those who can speak English in a satisfactory manner, and are able to carry on an ordinary conversation, but wish to learn to read and write the language. From the Newport Daily News, March 7, 1956:

The 300th anniversary of the purchase of Conanicut Island from the Indians by Newport founders for 100 pounds ($280 by present day standards) will be observed with a celebration in Jamestown this summer.

From the Newport Daily News, March 8, 1956:

The Golden Age Club organized yesterday afternoon at the Jamestown Recreation Center and discussed plans for summer activities.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 10, 1981:

The Town Council vice president last night called for a 6 percent cap on spending this next year. . . . Paul Bailey's Inc. - the lowest bidder on a new police cruiser at $6,810 - was awarded the contract subject to review by Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton Jr.

From the Newport Daily News, March 11, 1981:

Planning Board Chairman John T. Heelan asked the Town Council Monday to seek a clarification from the attorney general's office on lack of the formal water quality section in the environmental impact statement for the Jamestown Bridge replacement.

From the Newport Daily News, March 13, 1981:

The School Committee Thursday night proposed action on a cost-saving proposal to consolidate bus stops for Jamestown students attending North Kingstown High School. . . . Supt. Alfred J. LaMarche submitted a proposed fees schedule to charge adult groups for use of the school building. . . . The fee recommended for three hours use is as follows: school gym, $10 minimum; classroom, $8; recreation center, $10; and Town Hall, $8 minimum.

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

Voters Tuesday night, after a total of nearly six hours of debate, approved a $7.2 million budget without changing so much as one cent in the Town Council-recommended spending package.

After working seven long years, and spending approximately $1,292,000, the public works department project to revamp Jamestown's water system will soon be completed.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 7, 1996:

Voters at Monday's financial town meeting took 20 minutes to approve a $10.4 million budget and lower the tax rate from $14.57 to $14.42 for each $1,000 of property valuation. The 15-cent difference - in effect a delayed result of the 1993 property revaluation - means that the average homeowner with $170,000 of property can expect a tax bill that is $25.20 less than last year's, even though school and government spending for the new fiscal year, which began March 4, is up 8.4 percent.

"Our Town:" first JCT drama. There may not be a dry eye in the house when the final scene ends in the Jamestown Community Theatre's production of "Our Town," which will open tomorrow night at the new Senior Center on West Street.

Republican Bob Dole, with 180 votes, was the big winner here in Tuesday's Presidential Primary. . . . Some 386 voters showed up at the Community Center, where the polls were open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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