2007-02-08 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 8
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, February 7, 1907:

Rift ice has again filled Dutch Island harbor and shut off communication by launch from Fort Greble.

Present indications point to a hard steamboat fight centered around Jamestown the coming spring and summer. The Saunders line (which ran an opposition ferry to the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company) is having a new and larger boat built and there is a movement on foot by the Ferry Company to secure added facilities.

From the Newport Daily News, February 9, 1907:

The Jamestown Band will give another of their series of socials and whists tonight at the Gardner House.

Steamer Warren stopped here today to land an automobile which has been aboard since she grounded a week ago tonight on the Dumplings.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 5, 1932:

(At a meeting of the Board of Trade) the subject of parks for Jamestown was discussed at considerable length, and it was voted to lay the matter over until the secretary could communicate with the Garden Club and the different societies in Jamestown to get their opinion and co-operation on the subject. … The work being carried on by the unemployment committee on the roads, and the cleaning of debris, received favorable comment.

From the Newport Daily News, February 6, 1932:

The American Legion Post has arranged for a Leap Year dance to be held in Holy Ghost Hall. Music will be furnished by the Racketeers.

From the Newport Daily News, February 8, 1932:

Mrs. B. C. Trowt gave a delightful Valentine party for her class of ukelele and harmonica pupils and their friends at her home on Narragansett avenue Saturday afternoon.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 5, 1957:

The Commerce Oil Co. is planning immediate conferences in Washington to meet Navy suggestions for changes in the proposed $39,000,000 Jamestown refinery plans. Two principal alterations were requested by the Under Secretary of the Navy Gates in his letter last week. The first was to locate the berthing pier south of Gould Island so as not to interfere with torpedo practice. The second was to relocate six oil fuel storage tanks further west and in the lowland area at the water's edge.

From the Newport Daily News, February 8, 1957:

The Newport County Saltwater Fishing Club went on record last night in opposition to the proposed oil refinery in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, February 11, 1957:

Judge John S. McKiernan in Providence Superior Court today rejected a petition by Jamestown residents for a preliminary injunction to prevent the state from issuing a permit to build a pier for the proposed $39,000,000 Jamestown refinery.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 5, 1982:

The town dump is running out of land and is posing a problem for town officials.

From the Newport Daily News, February 9, 1982:

The Jamestown Town Council Monday night adopted a $3.27 million budget for Fiscal 1982-83. The budget, up 9.6 percent from the current year, calls for a $3.90 increase in the tax rate.

The U.S. Coast Guard last week joined a growing list of objectors to a redesigned, lower Jamestown Bridge across the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. The Coast Guard insisted on original design plans, calling for 135 feet of clearance.

From the Newport Daily News, February 10, 1982:

Building permits in 1981 were issued for 33 new single family homes in Jamestown.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 6, 1992:

Town employees who are members of three different unions this week voted unanimously not to renegotiate their existing contracts.

The Jamestown Parent Teachers Organization has honored four longtime school volunteers by dedicating its 1992 cookbook to them. (They were Florence "Flo" Brazil, Ida Richard, Robert "Red" Greene, and Robert "Captain Bob" Seelinger.)

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 6, 1997:

Sailor and certified cold water diver William Geib of West Warwick has requested permission of the Coastal Resources Management Council to lease space in the bay a mile off the shore of Watson Farm Beach. . . . . Geib's plan includes placing 252 cages 10 feet below the water level. Each cage will be three feet high, four feet wide and four feet long. They will be made of two to three inches of meshed, lobster-pot wire with horizontal shelves to hold approximately 36 bags of shellfish seed. With the cages, Geib plans to plant shellfish seed to grow about 2 million oysters a year. His plan also calls for 2,700 lantern nets that will hang about 10 feet underwater and suspend from an above-water line. The line will be attached to buoys that will be spaced 20 feet apart. . . . With the nets, Geib plans on growing roughly 600,000 scallops per year.

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