2007-04-12 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 12
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 11, 1907

The work of painting and overhauling Steamer Conanicut is under way to get her in readiness to go on the ferry between Jamestown and Newport for the summer.

From the Newport Daily News, April 12, 1907

(At the town council meeting) the matter of reducing the number (5) of road districts, thereby reducing the number of road commissioners, was discussed, but they were finally fixed at the old number. The compensation for work on the roads was fixed at $3 per day of 9 hours and $2 for each pair of horses or oxen, and the supervisor's pay at 25 cents per hour. … Thomas H. Lathan was elected custodian of the town's team (of horses) at a salary of $60 per month.

From the Newport Daily News, April 13, 1907

The snow and rain today have stopped all the spring work of the farmers. Owing to the stormy and cold weather thus far this spring they are already much behind in their outdoor work.

From the Newport Daily News, April 15, 1907 A few more colored farm hands arrived from the South yesterday morning. They had no trouble in finding employment, as the demand greatly exceeds the supply this year.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 9, 1932

Mr. Bestoso of High Street, who for many years has been in the priming and drill department at the Torpedo station, upon his retirement a few days ago, was presented a handsome walnut smoking set by his fellow workers.

Mrs. Leon Murphy of Howland Avenue was the winner of two pairs of chiffon hosiery in the Outlet contest, as announced over the radio last evening.

From the Newport Daily News, April 11, 1932

Control of the Jamestown town council passed to the Democratic party as the result of a special election held Saturday, when Joseph A. Drury, Democrat, defeated Willis E. Clarke, Republican, in a run-off election, 387 to 355. It was a coincidence that just as many votes were cast in the special election as in the regular election last Wednesday, when the candidates were tied at 371 votes each. If anything, the special election was more exciting than the regular. Both parties seemed intent on winning, the stake being greater, as the Republicans and Democrats had each won two of the five seats in the regular election.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 9, 1957

The Jamestown Town Council wants to know what effect the proposed lower bay barriers, designed to cut down hurricane flood damage, will have on Jamestown. At its meeting last night, the Council directed Pickett M. Grieg, town attorney, to write the Army Engineers for an explanation. … The Council appropriated $150 for the town baseball team to enter the Sunset League in Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, April 10, 1957

The Jamestown Town Council, sitting as the budget committee last night, completed the first draft of a tentative budget of $347,137.74. This is $24,899.32 above last year's figure. … The largest item in the budget is for schools, $139,873.

From the Newport Daily News, April 11, 1957

Reduction of rates on the Jamestown-Newport ferries was asked of the Jamestown Ferry Authority in a measure approved by the House yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, April 13, 1957

What had been planned as a bipartisan kickoff meeting of the Jamestown election campaign last night turned into a Democratic rally at which Democratic candidates for the Town Council announced their platform and unanimously approved construction of an oil refinery in the town.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 13, 1982

The Town Council again postponed action Monday night on barricading the end of Bay View Drive. (It was because the town solicitor was absent.)

From the Newport Daily News, April 15, 1982

Town Council members may have gained some ground in the continuing debate with state officials over the proposed width of the new Jamestown Bridge. Gov. Garrahy backed down five feet from the 77-foot wide span called for by the state Department of Transportation, and agreed to a 72-foot wide span.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 9, 1992

Neighbors of the Jamestown School turned out at Town Hall Tuesday night to voice their opposition to a plan for overnight parking at the Melrose Avenue parking lot.

The Jamestown Community Theater's latest production, The Music Man, will help clear away any remnants of the winter blues.

Residents hooked into the town sewer line may see the usage rate increase by 20 cents.

In their latest bid, town officials have offered $340,000 to purchase Head's Beach and 17 acres of wetlands in the Jamestown Shores from Benedetto Cerilli, head of West Passage Development Corporation.

The town recreation department has received a state grant totaling $48,000 to make improvements to the recreational facilities at the Jamestown School.

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

In her first open forum, Superintendent Frances Gallo opened the door to a vision for the future of the Jamestown School, and opened the floodgates for questions from the more than 200 parents in the audience.

At last Saturday's Odyssey of the Mind State Championships, seven Jamestown teams competed and one team took a first place slot, entitling them to compete at the World Championships in June.

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