2006-05-11 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of May 11

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, May 7, 1906:

It is understood that a hotelman experienced in conducting hotels at Narragansett Pier has secured the Bay View House and will open it for (the) season next month.

From the Newport Daily News, May 8. 1906:

The New Line wharf bids fair to be one of the most important fish shipping places in these waters. Although the shed for the freight has not been built, a large number of fishermen have stopped here each day and the shipments of fish have steadily increased. Several hundred barrels will be shipped tonight.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 6, 1931:

Many golf enthusiasts will regret to hear that "Wally" Martin, golf instructor, will not be at the Beavertail Country Club this season.

From the Newport Daily News, May 8, 1931:

(At the Board of Trade meeting) a communication from the radio station WLSI as to broadcasting Jamestown was then read and referred to the publicity committee.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1931:

A May Day program was held at the Carr school Friday morning, combining health, independence and Arbor Days. Parents and friends numbering about 40 were present at the exercises.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1956: An all-time high budget of $331,834.40, indicating a possible $7 to $9 tax increase in the present $31 rate, was voted at the Jamestown annual financial town meeting Saturday. The budget, which is $36,893.64 over last year, will require $259,014.52 from property taxes. . . . The permanent police bill (was defeated) 191 to 88. . . . The installation of parking meters was also defeated by a voice vote. . . . Commodore Cary W. Magruder commended the ferry company for successfully negotiating the sale of its asset to the state. . . . The bill calls for the payment of $270,000 annually. The first payment to be made August 1 of this year

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1956:

Twenty-two children of Grade 4 of the Jamestown School . . . went to Providence by train from Kingston yesterday for luncheon and to sketch pictures of the Mall and the capitol. They returned by bus to Newport and to Jamestown by the ferry.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1981:

Republicans took control of the Town Council and School Committee in the town's election Wednesday, capturing four out of five Council seats and all three School Committee seats. . . . A total of 1,473 people went to the polls and 87 absentee, shut-in and emergency votes make a total of 1,560.

(Photo caption:) Oil drilling rig Ocean Victory, owned by Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co., a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Co., lies at anchor off Newport Bridge this morning. . . . Ocean Victory, one of ODECO's 30 oil rigs, is under contract to Texaco and partners to drill for oil on Baltimore Canyon off the New Jersey coast.

From the Newport Daily News, May 11, 1981:

St. Mark's parish raised $1,041 during its Good Friday parish walk for agencies for the poor.

St. Matthew's parish will hold its fourth annual hunger march Saturday.

From the Newport Daily News, May 12, 1981:

The proposed Jamestown Bridge and plans for Route 138 will be discussed Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at North Kingstown High School Auditorium.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 9, 1991:

The new $1.4 million addition to the town library may be delayed due to cutbacks in state aid to construction projects.

(Photo caption:) Brian Dutra and Robert Burns, both Jamestown employees, planted two trees last week along Narragansett Avenue. The kwanzan cherry trees were purchased by the Jamestown Garden Club to replace earlier trees which had died.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 2, 1996:

(Photo caption:) These youngsters had their hats off for the national anthem Saturday morning during the opening day celebration of the Jamestown youth baseball and softball season. The Jamestown Community Band was on hand for the observance. The ball fields were dedicated to the late Bill Piva., who had helped organize Jamestown youth baseball.

Fifteen enterprising Jamestowners are forming the Jamestown Ecumenical Youth Organization. The goal is to start a youth group for kids of junior high age by September or October.

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