2007-04-19 / Island History

This week in Island history

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of April 19

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 16, 1907

The local trap fishermen made their first good catch of alewives and herring today, and Mr. Touja secured one shad and several tautog in his nets.

From the Newport Daily News, April 17, 1907

A party of cottage seekers was in town today. The rentals for the season have been remarkably good and the real estate and hotel men predict a prosperous season.

From the Newport Daily News, April 19, 1907

Workmen are tearing out a section of the south end of St. Matthew's Church to make a place for a large circular memorial window.

From the Newport Daily News, April 20, 1907

The town's team (of horses) is giving the north sidewalk of Narragansett avenue a top dressing of gravel.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 16, 1932

The Americanization classes which have been in session in the Carr school Tuesday and Thursday evenings, during the past winter and spring, had their closing exercises Thursday evening, with a number of guests present.

From the Newport Daily News, April 18, 1932 Jamestown's tax rate for the coming year will remain at $20, this being decided at the annual financial town meeting Saturday, when a budget of $114,533.43 was voted, about $4,000 more than for 1931. In addition, the voters expressed themselves in favor of municipal ownership of the water supply system and an electrical power plant. … The meeting also directed the council to prepare a zoning ordinance.

Jamestown, which formerly cooperated with Newport in publicity has decided to act on its own this year. An attractive folder, prepared under the auspices of the Board of Trade and the Jamestown Ferry Company, has been printed and several thousand copies are to be distributed to tourists on the ferry between Saunderstown and Jamestown.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 15, 1957

Jamestown will open an eight-month festival Wednesday to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the purchase of Conanicut Island from the Indians for 100 pounds sterling.

From the Newport Daily News, April 17, 1957

The Jamestown Town Council last night approved an off island berthing pier parallel to Jamestown's east shore for the proposed oil refinery. … The detailed plan for the berthing pier, to run 1,300 feet north and south about 900 feet off shore opposite Eldred Avenue will permit tankers to pull up between the pier and the island to discharge cargo.

From the Newport Daily News, April 18, 1957

Jamestown faces a substantial boost in its tax rate, but just how much has not yet been determined. The Town Council last night adopted a recommended 1957-58 budget totaling $399,044. This is $34,103.37 above the current budget

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 20, 1982

A new food market is expected to open in the Foley Block by May 28, according to owner Edward L. Mc- Quade, owner of the Big M supermarket in Westerly. McQuade and his wife, Theresa, bought the Foley block from John B. Foley Jr. for $250,000. The block houses the Jamestown Food Market, a public laundry and a liquor store. … The building, built in 1959, originally housed bowling lanes, a laundramat and a drycleaners, all operated by Foley.

The town will participate in a statewide hurricane drill Saturday sponsored by the disaster committee of the Red Cross.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April, 16, 1992 Town officials want the state to pay Jamestown's $3,000 annual transfer station fee out of money the town never received from the state as reimbursement for cleanup costs at Mackerel Cove after the World Prodigy oil spill.

Henry Dutton remembers when he used to get 400 pounds of clams a week from Sheffield Cove. … Digging clams was a way of life for many older Jamestowners.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 17, 1997

No sparks flew at last week's debate between the 18 candidates who will be vying for Town Council, School Committee, and Town Moderator positions in the May 7 election. About 80 residents turned out for the event.

This Saturday, April 19, Jamestowners can do their share for the earth by helping with morning-long annual island-wide beach cleanup.

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