2006-04-27 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of April 27

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 30, 1906:

The heavy showers today stopped work on the fortifications at Fox Hill and Boston Neck.

From the Newport Daily News, May 1, 1906:

The Jamestown Brass Band gave a concert and dance last evening in the Gardner House hall. There was a large attendance, considering the bad weather.

Today is one of the red letter days in the history of Jamestown as the Enterprise Transportation Company steamer will make its first stop here, on the way from Fall River to New York at 7:30 tonight

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 27, 1931:

The Jamestown Post, American Legion, held a very successful dance at the Holy Ghost Society hall Saturday evening, a large number from Newport attending. Bill Bailey's orchestra furnished the music, and the entertainment by Mr. Butler from Providence was enjoyed by the young people present. After the dance a number of house parties were held in different sections of the island.

From the Newport Daily News, April 29, 1931:

Thomas Hunt, druggist, is putting his Jamestown (drug) store in readiness for the summer.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 25, 1956:

The possibility of the Commerce Oil Co.'s proposed $30,000,000 refinery being shifted from Portsmouth to Jamestown has aroused resentment from Portsmouth officials.

The Jamestown Town Council has a number of controversial matters to consider in addition to discussion on the possible settlement of an oil refinery in the town. Bills authorizing installation of parking meters in the business section of the island and the establishment of a police court for collection of traffic fines are up for consideration. Also to be discussed is the question of property revaluation. . . . The bill asking sale of the ferry assets, including the boats and slips, to the state for $270,000 to be paid at the rate of $27,000 a year for ten years, is on the agenda for the meeting. . . . The permanent police bill will be explained.

From the Newport Daily News, April 26, 1956:

The brand-new Jamestown problem of the pros and cons of a proposed oil refinery on the island got a full airing last night in a jam-packed meeting at the recreation center. More than 300 people crowded into the center's lobby (the main hall was in use by another group) to hear what Harold M. Geller, executive vicepresident of the Commerce Oil Refinery Corp., had to say.

Jamestown's tax rate will rise from $31 to 433 per $1,000 vaulation if the proposed budget . . . . is adopted at the financial town meeting Monday.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 27, 1981:

The state has temporarily shelved plans for a scenic underwater diving trail system in Sandy Beach Cove off Fort Wetherill.

Newport Bridge traffic and revenue were up last month compared to March 1980, according to the state Turnpike and Bridge Authority. Last month 241,583 vehicles crossed the bridge In March, 1980, 221,132 vehicles crossed the bridge. Revenue last month was $291,695 compared with $266,195 the previous March.

The Waterfront Authority has agreed to lease dock space to William A. Hooton of Oddenbury, England, for his 92-foot charter sailboat Borneo.

From the Newport Daily News, April 28, 1981:

Building, plumbing and electrical permit fees were raised by the Town Council Monday night. Fees for new buildings were increased from $2 per cubic foot to $3 and re-modeling fees will be $4 per $1,000 cost. Plumbing fees will double and electrical permits will go up by 50 percent.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 25, 1991:

The Town Council will take legal action if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits the state Department of Transportation to build a cross-island highway that does not include the controversial Helm Street overpass.

Jamestown's senior citizens are finally one step closer to having an activities center to call their own. The Town Council Monday night voted to enter into a 99-year lease with the Holy Ghost Society for land on Pemberton Avenue.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 25, 1996:

The Town Council Monday approved a Harbor Management Commission plan to pay an engineering firm some $64,000 to design repairs and a possible extension to the steel pier at East Ferry.

Volunteers reported that the beaches seemed cleaner this year. But when Saturday's annual island shoreline cleanup was completed, two 20-yard dumpsters were overflowing.

A panel has been formed to give a new look to the Veterans' Memorial Square at East Ferry.

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