2006-11-22 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 22
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 21, 1906:

The Jamestown Improvement Society is having a sidewalk made on the south side of Narragansett avenue from the Four Corners to Mr. J.J. Watson's residence.

From the Newport Daily News, November 23, 1906:

Several of the young men are arranging for a dance Thanksgiving eve.

The big guns at Fort Wetherill are being tested today with a full-weight shell and regulation charge of powder, and the caretakers of the cottages near the reservation opened the windows of the houses and otherwise prepared the property to minimize the damage usually done by the jar which is caused by firing these heavy charges.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 21, 1931:

The Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company is constructing a new, concrete sidewalk and passenger approach to the waiting room and boat at East Jamestown. This work replaces the old boardwalk and will be a distinct improvement to the locality. Due to the proximity of cold weather, the Callan Construction Company with its material and equipment at hand, were engaged to do this work and have employed local labor as far as practicable.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 19, 1956:

The so-called Jamestown Fleet Landing property on Eldred Avenue is to be sold by the Francis X. Sullivan Realty Co. of Newport. . . . At one time during the war the property was used as a landing area for the fleet with recreational facilities for men. More recently it was considered as a site for an orange juice shipping and bottling company. It comprises about 15 acres of land.

From the Newport Daily News, November 20, 1956:

A periodic revision of tuition fees, increasing the rate at Rogers High School from $286 to $312 was authorized by the School Committee.

From the Newport Daily News, November 24, 1956

In a few days, Newporters will be able to dial as they please to any of 6,250,000 telephones in Rhode Island eastern Massachusetts, New York City and the Philadelphia area. . . . Jamestown and Portsmouth exchanges are still on the manual system, so their own operators must be contacted to place a call.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 20, 1981:

(advertisements) Thanksgiving dinner at the Bay Voyage Inn $7.95 per person. Thanksgiving dinner at the Jamestown Country Club Restaurant & Lounge $8.95 per person.

From the Newport Daily News, November 24, 1981:

The controversy of the proposed connector road was a highlight of the Town Council meeting Monday night.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 21, 1991:

The Town Council Monday night prepared to take its fight for a smaller cross-island road to the Federal Highway Administration and the state Department of Environmental Management.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday night proposed voting on a motion that would allow residents in the rural water district to tie into the town water service if they needed it to live on their property.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 21, 1996:

Residents last week called for a town-wide referendum vote on the proposed extension of East Ferry's steel pier. No one voiced objections to plans to spend some $190,000 to refurbish the existing steel pier with galvanized "T" piles, precast cement panels, and poured concrete... What residents were against is the proposed pier extension ending in an "L" or "T" dock big enough to accommodate 60-foot "go-fast" boats that would provide passenger service to and from Newport.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday voted to give the town's emergency bottled drinking water to the city of Warwick, which was left waterless after a 102-inch culvert burst Sunday in Cranston.

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