2007-02-22 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 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, February 20, 1907:

The local fishermen were able to get their trawls yesterday after a protracted spell of rough weather, and nearly all secured a good catch.

From the Newport Daily News, February 22, 1907:

A large number from here attended the matinee at the Opera House in Newport today.

From the Newport Daily News, February 23, 1907:

A portion of Clarke's pond Southwest avenue has been cleared of snow by the younger people, for skating purposes.

From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1907:

Mr. John Martin and a party of friends from Newport spent Washington's birthday at the Peckham camp at Beavertail duck shooting. Lightkeeper Wales states that it is the only time in twenty years that visitors have been at the point on the twenty-second of February.

From the Newport Daily News, February 26, 1907:

An act to be brought before the General Assembly establishing a permanent police and the election of a chief of police for Jamestown was read and approved.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 26, 1932:

(Section 1 of new bathing ordinance passed by the Town Council): No person over the age of 12 years attired in a bathing suit shall travel along or upon any of the streets, highways, lanes or alleys, or upon the sides of streets thereof in the town of Jamestown unless such person shall be attired with some form of sandal, slippers, shoes or other footwear, and be clothed with a covering, cloak or wrap, reaching from the shoulders to the knees, and which cloak or wrap shall be kept buttoned while so worn.

The members of the fire department will hold a social and smoke at the new engine house on Narragansett avenue this evening, and Walter Marley will serve one of his famous oyster stews.

The pupils of grades one, two and three at the Carr school were entertained with a radio program on Thursday afternoon.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 19, 1957:

Continued hitches in drawing up final recommendations for a lower bay hurricane barrier at Newport were reported here last night by representatives of the Army Corp of Engineers.

From the Newport Daily News, February 22, 1957:

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce last night joined the organizations opposing erection of a $39,000,000 oil refinery in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1957:

Fifty couples attended the Snow Shuffle dance Saturday night at the Grange Hall on West Street.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 23, 1982:

The Town Council Monday night rejected the proposed statewide reapportionment that would include Conanicut Island with Newport's 98th Congressional District.

From the Newport Daily News, February 26, 1982:

Nineteen building permits were issued since Jan. 1.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 21, 1992:

Sixty-five fifth grade students last week graduated from Jamestown's first DARE program. DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, teaches youngsters how to say no to drug and alcohol abuse.

In an effort to maintain a balance of housing for all income groups, an Affordable Housing Committee was established in Jamestown in 1988. The committee was reorganized in 1990 and now has seven members who meet monthly to discuss housing issues and make recommendations to the Town Council and other town boards and commissions relative to affordable housing.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 20, 1997:

Town officials will not rescind their decision to grant town water hookups to a subdivision with nine lots outside the municipal water district, but they may require borderline landowners to prove a need for town water before granting tie-ins in the future.

Of the state's 39 communities, Jamestown and 21 other municipalities will receive no increase in state aid for education for the 1998 fiscal year.

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