2006-11-16 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 16
Compiled by Sue Maden

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, November 14, 1906:

The annual roll call of the Central Baptist Church took place in the church last evening with a large attendance.

The regular fall target practice with sub-caliber guns at Fort Adams commenced today. The target is anchored off Potter's Point, and those living along the water front and passengers on the Beaver Tail watch the shooting with interest.

From the Newport Daily News, November 16, 1906:

Blackfish are leaving the shores of the island, only a few being caught at present. Codfish, however, are still biting in large numbers and fishermen are turning their attention to the latter.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 16, 1931:

The football game at Head's field Sunday afternoon between Jamestown and Westerly resulted in a scoreless tie. Ralph Clarke of Jamestown was the outstanding player.

The 4-H "High Flyers" Cooking Club held its meeting Saturday afternoon. The members then experimented in cooking vegetables (potatoes and cabbage) in parchment paper and also in the regular way, in water, and decided that the former was the better, as the flavor of the vegetable was retained.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 13, 1956:

Armistice Day was observed in Jamestown yesterday with a parade under the auspices of the Arnold-Zweir Post 22 American Legion at 10:00 a.m.

From the Newport Daily News, November 14, 1956:

The Jamestown Council last night approved the pier which the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. has outlined in an application to the state Department of Public Works.

The J.M. Cleminsaw Co. of Cleveland will be asked to start the work of property revaluation for tax purposes by Feb. 15 next, to be completed by Aug. 31.

A two weeks vacation was authorized for highway employees who have served two years in the department.

From the Newport Daily News, November 17, 1956:

Toll rates on the Jamestown Bridge will be reduced Feb. 1. ... The (Jamestown Bridge) Commission authorized (John B.) Foley and the treasurer, LeRoy Meredith, to work out a lower rate schedule to be reported at the December meeting. The most previous reduction was in March 1955 when the $3 commuter's 12-trip ticket was reduced from $8 to $6.50.

After 83 years, the Town of Jamestown has gone out of the ferry business. Directors of the town-owned Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company last night ordered payment of the last bill outstanding against it and closed its books. The state purchased the ferry company's assets for $270,000 last August and is operating the 261- year old ferry system, one of the oldest in the country.

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

The U.S. Senate Monday night approved a narrower width than the state wants for the proposed Jamestown Bridge. (An 88-foot-wide bridge had been considered at one time. The state wanted a 79-foot-wide bridge. The federal government wanted a bridge 69 feet wide.) Statistics that planners point to include the 12,000 cars a day using the Jamestown Bridge. Traffic swells to 18,000-20,000 (vehicles) a day in the summer.

From the Newport Daily News, November 19, 1981:

Taxpayers are facing a 33 percent increase in tuition for students at North Kingstown High School. The increase is six percent higher than had been anticipated last month. . . . The increase will be $567 per student. The present tuition per student is $1,814. The new rate will be $2,381. With about 200 students at the school, the total increase amounts to $113,400.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 15, 1991:

It is happening again. The Jamestown Community Theatre is living up to its name. In the group's production of "Fiddler on the Roof," which opens tonight at the Recreation Center, director Mary Wright has brought together diverse members of the community to work toward a common goal of putting on four great performances of the classic Broadway musical.

Jamestown has officially declared that it would like to remain in the Newport County legislative district, as it is now.

Town officials during a 30- minute work session Monday night got a preview of the state Department of Transportation's (DOT) plans to reconstruct North Road from Eldred Avenue to East

Shore Road. . . . The DOT hopes to start the reconstruction project in 1993 and be finished the following year.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 14, 1996:

Voters at the special financial town meeting early next month will be asked to spend $114,843 from the town's budget on two separate proposals. One warrant will ask voters to approve spending $76,000 to purchase two parcels of currently-leased land, roughly two acres, that now make up the town-owned golf course's fourth and seventh tees and part of the sixth green. . . . In a second warrant item, voters at the Dec. 2 town meeting will be asked to approve giving the Friends of the Seniors $38,843 to spend on the installation of an elevator, the replacement of a staircase, and the construction of a fire-safe entranceway at the Senior Center on West Street.

Veterans Day was observed Monday at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Square with a brief ceremony to honor the men and women who have served in America's wars and conflicts.

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