2006-09-28 / Island History

This week in Island history Compiled by Sue Maden Week of September 28

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, September 25, 1906:

A letter of thanks was received (by the Town Council) from the Shiloh Baptist Church for the use of the town hall during the summer for religious services.

From the Newport Daily News, September 26, 1906:

Although there is 15 minutes difference in the leaving time between the old ferry and the opposition line (the Narragansett Transportation Co. or Saunders line) boat, on their last trip from Newport each night for several nights past, both boats leave their docks within a few seconds of each other, and consequently there have been several exciting races to Jamestown, with honors almost even.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 26, 1931:

Institution of a campaign to collect 100 per cent of taxes assessed and as many over-due taxes as possible, is one of the many recommendations of State Finance Commissioner Frederick S. Peck to the town of Jamestown in a report presented to the town council president, Lewis W. Hull. . . . At present 20 per cent of the town's total revenue is paid as interest on town highway and beach improvement bonds, said Mr. Peck. Meanwhile only 85 per cent of the total property tax assessed is collected and the town budget is not balanced.

From the Newport Daily News, September 28, 1931:

Owing to the storm Saturday afternoon, it was necessary to change the plans for holding the dedication exercises of Conanicut Battery at Prospect Hill, Jamestown, and the large number of persons assembled met in the Beavertail Country Club tea house, which lent itself admirably to the occasion. . . . Mrs. William G. Eddy, regent of John Eldred Chapter (of the Daughters of the American Revolution) welcomed the guests, and also announced the donors of five memorial trees to be planted on the fort in the spring. . . . Previous to the exercises the tablet, which had been temporarily placed on the fort, had been brought to the club house, and was unveiled.

From the Newport Daily News, September 29, 1931:

Jamestown decided Monday to join Newport in the fight against the proposed new rates and regulations of the Newport Water Company. At a special town financial meeting, it was voted 69 to 55 to appropriate a sum not exceeding $1,200, to defray the town's costs in the pending battle before the Public Utilities Commission.

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

The Jamestown Town Council last night set Nov. 3 for a special financial town meeting to approve $825, or less, for a professional survey of recreational needs for Jamestown by the National Recreation Assn. Action on additional funds to operate the Recreation Center will also be asked.

From the Newport Daily News, September 28, 1956:

The Commerce Oil Refining Corp. was granted a license for a refinery by the Jamestown Town Council in a unanimous vote last night. A license fee of $5,000 was paid to Dr. Alfred B. Gobeille, Council president, by Daniel J. Murray and Andrew P. Quinn, attorneys for Commerce. Stating that he expected ground to be broken this fall, Harold Geller vice president of Commerce, said necessary applications would be filed with the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of tanks, towers and piers.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, September 23, 1981:

The Jamestown Shores area will be the most affected by the proposed zoning ordinance. The ordinance will change that area from Rural Residential 40 to Rural Residential 80. Lot owners will need a special exception to build of the ordinance is passed.

The Zoning Board of Review Tuesday night allowed William J. Canning and Co, of Providence to withdraw its application for a special exception to construct housing for thee elderly on Hamilton Avenue.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 26, 1991:

The Town Council in a special session this coming Monday will decide whether it wants to spend $15,000 in an attempt to gain control over the state Department of Transportation's plans to build a cross-island highway.

A partial solution to the village's downtown parking area problems may be just around the corner. The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to advertise for bids to demolish the former state highway garage on Narragansett Avenue and also to pave the area with bluestone so that it can be used as a parking lot.

Town officials continued this week to push for a 24-hour work schedule for repairs being made to the Jamestown Bridge without getting any formal reply from the state Department of Transportation.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, September 26, 1996:

The Town Council Monday night approved spending up to $187,000 from the Marine Development Fund to repair the town-owned steel pier at East Ferry.

At last Thursday's School Committee meeting, a group of four educators made a lengthy presentation about the benefits of including a foreign language program in the Jamestown School curriculum.

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