2007-04-05 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 4
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, April 4, 1907

To anyone who has witnessed former elections of town officials, yesterday did not seem like a town meeting day. Usually an excited gathering lingers in and around the town hall, from the opening of the polls until the result is counted, and carriages are hustling to and fro after indifferent votes. Yesterday all this was lacking, as there was no opposition to the Republican nominees: in fact, only 49 voters of the 270 took the trouble to cast their ballot, 44 being the largest cast for any candidate. The polls remained open from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

From the Newport Daily News, April 5, 1907

The trawl fishermen are still catching cod in the East bay. They are also securing a few line flounders in their gear.

From the Newport Daily News, April 8, 1907

In spite of several important appropriations to be passed upon at Saturday's financial town meeting, little interest was shown by the voters and at no time during the day was there a large attendance. On the Conanicut Park wharf proposition 75 votes were cast (passed 65 to 10 and for $4,000), and only 68 on the purchase of the Wharton interest to the right of way at Beavertail (passed 45 to 23 and for $2,000). … The afternoon session opened with the renting at auction of the seaweed privileges of the town beach. Alvin H. Peckham was the successful bidder, paying $33 for the seas side (Mackerel Cove) and $10 for the pond side (Sheffield Cove).

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 1, 1932

A. R. Commette of Newport is planning to open the Jamestown theatre the first of May.

From the Newport Daily News, April 8, 1932

Robert Quarters has leased the restaurant in the Richardson block, formerly occupied by Messrs. Marley and Richard Richardson.

From the Newport Daily News, April 8, 1932

Ernest Paterson, who has been spending the past winter at Palm Beach, returned to Jamestown Wednesday.

There are quite a number of cases of measles on the island.

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

The Jamestown Library started its summer schedule today and will be open three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

From the Newport Daily News, April 3, 1957

The government will send a $10,412 check to the Jamestown School Committee to help meet current expenses of operating the town school system.

From the Newport Daily News, April 4, 1957

Paintings in pastel and drawings in crayons by grades 2 through 6 pupils of the Jomioka Primary School in Yokohama, Japan are on display in the library of the Jamestown Elementary School.

From the Newport Daily News, April 5, 1957

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce voted to endorse the proposed $45,000,000 Jamestown oil refinery and the State Federation of Labor renewed its support.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 1, 1982

Despite a slack real estate market, the Taylor Point condominiums are selling, developer Herbert L. Finley said in an interview Tuesday. Taylor Point is the Island's third condominium project but the first of entirely new construction. The other two condo projects are the fourunit Sea Chalet on Walcott Avenue and the Harborview on Conanicus Avenue. Both are conversions.

From the Newport Daily News, April 6, 1982

The Town Council voted on Monday to increase the sewer frontage tax from 10 to 15 cents per foot. This will mean an increase of about $5 a year for the average home owner.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 2, 1992

The Town Council may change its stance on the state's cross-island connector to include an intersection with a traffic light at North Road rather than an overpass.

A $94,000 renovation project at the town recreation center has started and is scheduled for completion by June 15.

Town officials would like to build four athletic fields on eight acres of federally-owned land located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Eldred Avenue and North Road.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 3, 1997

While Tuesday's "April Fool" storm gave kids a day off from school, the 5 inches of wet snow dropped by a huge nor'easter left the island unscathed.

Newport Electric Corporation installed nesting platforms atop utility poles on Jamestown and Prudence Island this month in an effort to provide nesting sites for the rare osprey.

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