2006-05-18 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of May 18

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 17, 1906:

Lighter Archer of Fall River landed a load of lumber on Ferry wharf Wednesday night for Mr. T.D. Wright who is building the bungalow at Short Point for W.B. Franklin.

From the Newport Daily News, May 19, 1906:

The town liverymen have started on their summer business of meeting the ferry from Newport.

The freight house recently built on the head of the extension to Ferry wharf is now considered inadequate,

From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1906:

Steamer Conanicut stopped at the Torpedo Station on her 11:30 trip from Newport this morning, to put ashore several horses and carts belonging to Mr. J.F. Sullivan of Newport.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 13, 1931:

At the weekly assembly held at the Thomas H. Clarke school Tuesday afternoon a combined Arbor Day and Independence Day program in charge of Earle C. Roberts was given by the history students.

In the marble contest at the Thomas H. Clarke school Miss Helen Reiss was the winner for the girls in the elimination contest and Eugene Phillips won for the boys. They will play the winners in the Newport contest and, if successful, will play at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, where teams from Providence will play.

From the Newport Daily News, May 15, 1931:

One hundred and twenty pupils, teachers and parents left this morning on the 6:55 ferry for Newport, where they boarded three busses, and started on an all-day trip to Boston and vicinity. They arrived at the Charlestown navy yard at 10 o'clock, when they went on board the old Constitution and from there to Bunker Hill. They then went to the state house in Boston, where they visited the hall of flags, and a photograph of the group was taken on the state house steps. The Boston Common and Botanical Gardens were the next points of interest visited. Here the lunch hour and a short rest were enjoyed, after which the company visproperty ited the last place on the program, Franklin Park, which was greatly enjoyed by the younger people. At this point the busses were again boarded and the homeward trip began and a happy but tired group reached Newport at 6:30 and boarded the Governor Carr for the homeward sail.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 14, 1956:

The question of whether the outgoing Democrats or the incoming Republican Town Council will sit tonight in Jamestown was resolved by the state Board of Elections. It will be the Democrats.

From the Newport Daily News, May 15, 1956:

A count of shut-in ballots today reversed two results in the Jamestown election of May 2 and gave Republican victories in the positions of town moderator and tax collector.

Jamestown Democrats, in their final Town Council session last night, laid on the table for consideration of the incoming Council of Dr. William W. Miner's request that the Navy be asked for its views on the proposed establishment of an oil refinery in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, May 16, 1956:

"Oil smells like gold," a refinery engineering official told the Jamestown Lions Club last night, but not all of his listeners agreed that the new aroma would benefit the town. . . . More than 200 townspeople and summer residents attended the meeting.

From the Newport Daily News, May 18, 1956:

Jamestown officials invited the Commerce Oil Co. to locate on Conanicut Island, Jay B. Whitehead, an outgoing Council member, said at the Rotary Club meeting yesterday.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 13, 1981:

The town is expected to receive $67,000 as a result of the tax on N.E. Telephone Co. poles and other property.

From the Newport Daily News, May 14, 1981:

Jamestown residents and state Department of Transportation officials met head on Wednesday night when islanders called for a two-lane Jamestown Bridge replacement and connector across the island. DOT stood firm on its plans for a 78-foot wide, four-lane road. During the meeting called by the Project Area Committee as an update on the road and bridge progress, Norman Choppy, DOT engineer, told Jamestowners, "You lost your battle when they built (the) Newport Bridge." . . . During the three-hour session, Choppy said there was no way a four-lane section could taper into a two-lane road. "The travel trend is up and it will continue to go up," Choppy said. "I am hoping this bridge will last 100 years. We can't build a two-lane bridge on one side and a four-lane bridge on the other."

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 16, 1991:

The new Town Council, composed of four Democrats and one Republican, was sworn into office Monday night before a standing-room-only crowd. An enthusiastic audience overflowed into the foyer of the Town Hall to welcome Jamestown's first Democratic council in 10 years.

Soon after the new Democratic Town Council took office Monday night, it was urged to move quickly on a number of key issues and at times to reverse the course set by its predecessors.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 16, 1996:

An electric company proposal to cut down all the trees on the north side of Narragansett Avenue from North Main Road to West Ferry got put on a temporary hold Monday. . . . The project would cost about $8,000, including $1,500 that Newport Electric would give the town to buy between 20 and 35 replacement trees.

The Town Council closed the door on two controversial proposals to amend the Zoning Ordinance Monday night. By a 4-1 vote . . . council members shot down a proposed amendment that would have allowed bed-and-breakfast establishments in two residential zones, R-8 and R-20. . . . The council also dead-ended a proposed amendment that would have put all of the former Newman Lumber Yard within the commercial zone by voting to leave lot 201 residential.

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