2007-03-01 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 1
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 27, 1907

The members of the J. G. T. Club enjoyed a sledding party at Mr. George W. Peckham's place on Beavertail road last evening.

The northerly wind has brought large fields of drift ice down the bay today, delaying the ferry somewhat during the forenoon trips, on several of which she encountered over a mile of drift ice. The incoming tide prevented the ice from going to sea and in consequence it has collected in large quantities along the Dumpling shore.

From the Newport Daily News, March 1, 1907

With the annual town meeting only a little more than a month away, very little is heard of politics, and unless the "outs" are working quietly the prospects are for a quiet election.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 5, 1932

A letter was read (at the Jamestown Board of Trade meeting) from the fire department, giving permission from the body to construct a park on the land east of the engine house. The several organizations in Jamestown were invited to cooperate in the efforts of the Board of Trade, to beautify, by the planting of flowers and shrubs, the plots of ground that have been neglected, owing to the absence of owners from the island. The parking space at the east end of Narragansett avenue was one of the places discussed, and the suggestion made that that the board bring to the attention of the town council the condition of the ground, and the irregular way in which machines are parked, and ascertain if parking regulations could not be established, the ground graded, thus making the spot an ornamental as well as useful asset to the town.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 1, 1957

More than 200 parents, friends and Scouts attended the court of awards and the Cub Scouts annual Blue and Gold Dinner at Grange Hall in Jamestown last night. The dinner was to observe the 47th anniversary of Scouting.

The annual Jamestown Chapter Red Cross drive with a goal of $2,303 got underway yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, March 4, 1957

The arrangements committee for the celebration of Old Home Week, in connection with Jamestown's celebration of its 300th anniversary next August, met last night at the Recreation Center.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 2, 1982

A record budget of $3,267,984 was approved Monday night at a relatively quiet financial town meeting. The budget provoked very little discussion from the 300 voters who attended the meeting in the school gymnasium. It only took an hour and a half to pass the major portion of the budget and almost as long to vote on Resolutions 7 through 12. The town's voters set the tax rate for the coming fiscal year at about $44.90 per thousand of assessed valuation. The appropriation of $31,800 for the purchase of land and buildings from St. Matthew's Church raised the discussion of what the town was going to do with the property. Town Administrator, Robert Sutton, said the town was buying the land for possible expansion of the Town Hall.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 27, 1992

The Jamestown Taxpayers Association will call for cutting about $600,000 from the recommended $7.9 million budget at next Monday night's annual financial town meeting.

The Town Council Monday night voted 4-1 to send a letter to the Department of Environmental Management saying that the state's plans for the cross-island highway "do not conform to the requirements" the council described in a resolution last October.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 27, 1997

The original nickel-plated bronze eagle has been returned to be replaced atop the Jamestown Volunteer Fire department's antique steam fire engine from where it was taken some 40 years ago. Fire Chief Art Christman and Capt. Ken Caswell, who serves as the department's historian, last week traveled to Quincy, Mass., where they were presented the eagle and several other island artifacts by Betty Siegel.

Voters will be asked to approve town and school budgets totaling $10.6 million at the annual financial town meeting next Monday.

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