2006-04-13 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of April 13

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, April 12, 1906:

Elijah Anthony was appointed a committee (by the Town Council) to advertise for bids for lighting the streets in the compact part of town and at Conanicut Park.

The salary of the town team was raised to $60 a month.

From the Newport Daily News, April 16, 1906:

A quantity of Canadian wood ashes has arrived in Newport for Mr. Alton Head and Mr. T.H. Stork and is being carted across the ferry to their farms here.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 15, 1931:

At the Thomas H. Clarke school yesterday the assembly was in charge of Miss Rea Johnson and Miss Clara Lewis. The first number was a series of tableaux of old Greek and Roman myths. . . . The second part was a four-act health play in charge of Miss Clara Lewis, entitled "The Sleepy Boy's Comeback," and represented a boy, who disobeying health rules was unable to keep up with his classes.

From the Newport Daily News, April 17, 1931:

The request for a street light on Clinton avenue was granted (by the Town Council).

The following schedule of prices (were) adopted for sale of stone at the town's quarry: Crushed stone, size No. 1, $2 per ton at the quarry; No. 2, $3 per ton a the quarry; size No. 3, $4 per ton at the quarry.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 10, 1956:

The Jamestown Town Council last night delayed approval of the proposed 1956-57 budget of $313,831. The figure is an increase of $30,890 over last year.

From the Newport Daily News, April 11, 1956:

The Jamestown School Committee . . . will request state permission for the present school year to be 170 days, 10 days below normal requirement, due to eight omissions because of polio and two for inclement weather.

From the Newport Daily News, April 16, 1956:

Jamestown taxpayers at the financial town meeting, May 5, will be asked to vote on seven resolutions calling for an expenditure of more than $21,000. This is in addition to the proposed budget of $305,354 for 1956-57 approved by the budget committee earlier last week. The largest non-budget item will be $12,000 to finance a revaluation of ratable property. . . . The taxpayers will also be asked to authorize the sale at public auction of the abandoned Thomas H. Clarke and Carr Schools, which have not been used since the new school was opened. Authority to sell five and one half acres south of the access road to Fort Getty, purchased from the federal government, will be requested.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 14, 1981:

A building permit for 13 condominium units in two buildings was granted by Building Inspector Charles J. Dowling Jr. .

. The condominiums will be built north of the Newport Bridge at this point and the house (at Taylor's Point) will probably be removed. The permit is for $955,000.

Fees for building and electrical permits may increase by 50 percent under a plan given to the Town Council Monday.

. . Building permits would be increased from $2 per cubic foot to $3.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 11, 1991:

A decision on the fate of the controversial Helm Street overpass was expected to be announced sometime today by the state Department of Transportation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked the DOT to choose among three options. All of them would, at least temporarily, eliminate the overpass at Helm Street from the cross-island connector road.

Cole Street neighbors, who objected to plans to convert a condemned house into affordable housing and relocate it in their neighborhood, can breathe a sigh of relief - at least for the moment.

The Fort Wetherill Advisory Committee decided that a public access boat ramp will not be a part of the final plan for the park's future.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 11, 1996:

This has been the winter that will not go away, as the snowfall keeps setting records. Jamestowners again awoke to an island that was covered with snow Wednesday. About 4 inches of the heavy, white stuff fell overnight.

A proposal to put a moratorium on new municipal water hookups and a prohibition on expanded water uses for existing customers got a cold reception from the Town Council this week.

Two Jamestown teams won first place in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition Saturday in Warwick. More than 70 teams from around the state participated in the competition. Six teams represented Jamestown.

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