2006-04-20 / News

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of April 20

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 20, 1906:

Small boys are making good catches of flatfish from the head of the extension of Ferry Wharf.

Manager B.S. Cottrell of the ferry company has received word from his mother and sister that they left San Francisco Monday two days previous to the great catastrophe (the earthquake and fire) and were at Colorado Springs.

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

About 60 persons attended the ceremony of marking the grave of John Eldred at the Olde Friends' cemetery, Sunday afternoon

From the Newport Daily News, April 24, 1931:

(The Town Council heard bids and propositions from Harry P. Pitchers and A.B. Mitchell.) regarding the management or leasing of Mackerel Cove Beach, bathhouses, pavilion and concessions connected with it. . . . After much discussion by the council it was voted that proposal No. 3, as submitted by Mr. Mitchell, subject, however, to such rules and regulations as may or shall be set forth in a contract to be prepared by the town council, be accepted for a period of one year. (The proposal called for) a straight salary of $500 and 3 per cent of the gross receipts of the whole business.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 21, 1956:

The Commerce Oil Company is the firm reported seeking options on Jamestown land for the establishment of an oil refinery. At the moment, however, no action is being taken to drop the Portsmouth refinery site on which the company had already obtained options.

Employees of the Jamestown Bridge, including the manager, were granted pay increases ranging from 13 to 33 1/3 per cent last night by the Jamestown Bridge Commission. Four regular and three spare toll collectors received raises of 13 percent from $1.86 (per hour) to $1.90 for a 40 hour week.

From the Newport Daily News, April 24, 1956:

The Commerce Oil Refinery Co. is seriously considering transferring its proposed oil refinery from Arnold S. Point, Portsmouth, to the northern end of Jamestown.

The Jamestown Town Council last night authorized the expenditure of $250 to cover the cost of joining the state retirement plan for municipal employees

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 17, 1981:

Forty-nine pupils may be sent home on May 11 if their parents have not taken at least the first step in complying with the town's immunization policy.

From the Newport Daily News, April 21, 1981:

Junior high school pupils are being trained for the Parents Aiding Learning volunteer program at Jamestown School. . . . After lunch they work 30 minutes in the primary grades and are back for fourth period class.

From the Newport Daily News, April 22, 1981:

The signing of the newly published book "The Portuguese of Conanicut Island" will take place Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 18, 1991:

Town Council members, outraged by the state Department of Transportation's (DOT) decision to postpone construction of the Helm Street overpass, are set to meet with DOT officials tonight at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

The Town Council said Monday it may hire a consultant to help find appropriate cost-effective insurance policies. The council met in a workshop Monday to discuss rising insurance costs, which became an issue during the council's budget sessions.

The Jamestown Police Station will be "substantially complete" by the end of June.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 19, 1996:

Islanders are invited to celebrate Earth Day this weekend at the historic Watson Farm with events ranging from sheepshearing to kite flying.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday approved eight new hookups to the municipal water system.

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