2007-03-22 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 22
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, March 19, 1907

The Republican caucus last evening was a cut-anddried affair and it required only 16 minutes to transact the entire business.

The earth roads on the island are almost impassable owing to the frost coming out. The macadam roads are nearly all in good shape, considering the severity of the winter.

From the Newport Daily News, March 21, 1907

Several cottage seekers were in town today.

From the Newport Daily News, March 22, 1907

A chicken thief or thieves visited the poultry house of Mr. E. N. Hammond Wednesday night and took away several of his finest pullets.

Yesterday was a good day for the real estate men, three cottages being practically rented to people who visited the island.

During the heavy gale, prevailing on the twentieth, a noticeable stream of migratory birds swept northwards over Conanicut Island. About Potter's Point large numbers of red-shouldered blackbirds in flocks of 40 or more appeared repeatedly, and robins came in little companies of two or three, with some larks in larger numbers. It was evidently part of the great spring migration from the South.

From the Newport Daily News, March 23, 1907

The season of grass fires has arrived and yesterday afternoon and this morning there have been several on the island.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 18, 1932

Nelson Eddy, baritone of the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company, who is to give a concert at the Rogers High School auditorium in May, is the son of William D. Eddy of High Street and counts many friends in Jamestown and Newport.

Steamer Governor Carr made a late trip last evening to accommodate basketball fans attending the game in Newport.

Cans of rat bait, furnished by the Farm Bureau, which is conducting a rat campaign, can be purchased at the town clerk's office after April 1.

From the Newport Daily News, March 23, 1932

At an interesting game of basketball at the Holy Ghost hall Tuesday evening, the Jamestown All Stars defeated the Gallahads of Newport by a score of 17-11.

From the Newport Daily News, March 25, 1932

(The town council approved a budget of $113,745 which was to be acted on at the April 9 financial town meeting. Of this total, $27,755 was for schools. The budget for 1931 was $110,659). The budget, if passed will necessitate a tax rate of $20 per thousand.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1957

(A full page was devoted to the oil refinery question in Jamestown. An article was reprinted from The Evening Bulletin of Feb. 20, 1956, entitled "Canadian City Tells What It's Like To Live With A Refinery," and an ad by the Citizens Progressive League of Jamestown, "We Welcome Prosperity! Do You?"

From the Newport Daily News, March 22, 1957

The Rhode Island Development Council's advisory commission has compiled a list of municipal bodies, organizations and individuals it will invite to submit arguments, in writing, for and against a proposed $45,000,000 oil refinery.

From the Newport Daily News, March 23, 1957

The Keep Jamestown Beautiful committee met last night at the recreation center in Jamestown and planned to enter the 1957 National Cleanest Town Contest in the 5,000 and under population classification.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 22, 1982

Several 12-Meter syndicates in the 1983 America's Cup Races are interested in using the East Ferry area if the wood pier there can be extended.

From the Newport Daily News, March 23, 1982

The town recreation department's minibus will be used to take senior citizens grocery shopping in North Kingstown

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 20, 1992

The Jamestown School Committee was asked last week to allow the town to park cars overnight at the Melrose Avenue school during the summer.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners Monday night, the Town Council voted to adopt a municipal sewer-line extension policy that was recommended last month by the town's planning commission.

Supt. Phyllis Schmidt told the Jamestown School Committee Thursday night that a state report lists Jamestown "property value per pupil" at $423,286.90. (Newport was $290,147 and New Shoreham was $1,513,125.)

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 20, 1997

Landowners outside the town water district with frontage on a town water main will now have to prove they cannot locate a usable well on their property before they can hook into the municipal water supply.

Town officials have applied for $5 million in federal and state money for upgrade projects on two state roads and the purchase of land for a downtown parking lot.

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