2007-11-15 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 15
Compiled by Sue Maden

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

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 15, 1907

Men are at work setting out trees, under the direction of the Improvement Society, on both sides of Narragansett avenue, from the foot of Greene lane east.

From the Newport Daily News, November 17, 1907

The work of re-shingling the east roof of St. Matthew's Church will be completed today.

From the Newport Daily News, November 18, 1907

A juvenile football team from Newport, styling themselves the Atlantics, came to the island Saturday to play the team of the local grammar school, and were defeated by a score of 20 to 0. The local players were slightly heavier and also played a better game.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 14, 1932

The annual meeting of the Directors' Board of the Philomenian Library Association was held Saturday evening. … Each member present was asked to present a list of books they would like to have purchased this year.

From the Newport Daily News, November 15, 1932

The State Board of Public Roads has placed guide posts along Narragansett avenue, from East to the West Ferry, stating that "George Washington traveled along this highway." The posts have a figure representing Washington on horseback.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 12, 1957

Gov. Dennis J. Roberts has renewed his backing of the proposed Jamestown oil refinery while announcing the state will engage an expert to protect against possible water and air pollution.

From the Newport Daily News, November 15, 1957

A misunderstanding as to the amount actually available in the $6,000 allocation of funds for the Recreation Board was cleared up by the Jamestown Town Council last night. The Council agreed that the full appropriation of $6,000 be used for the program and the difference in question, $2,480, be placed on the deficit budget for the next financial meeting.

The resolution (at the Jamestown Town Council meeting) pointed out that "the investment by each bank (Industrial National Bank and the Rhode Island Trust Co.) of $1,000,000 is a very substantial and real contribution toward improving industry in Rhode Island by creating job opportunities for people and improving the standard of living of our citizens."

A proposal to acquire government-owned Dutch Island for a private home and for cattle raising was before the Jamestown Town Council last night. As a result, the town's attorney was instructed to take whatever action possible to return the island once owned by the town to the town tax rolls.

From the Newport Daily News, November 16, 1957

The Jamestown Bridge Commission reduced bridge indebtedness by $105,000 last year, bringing it down to $691,000. … The Rhode Island Development Council … requested 3,500 copies of the fishing map of Jamestown for distribution at travel shows.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 16, 1982

The Town Council has reached no decision on joining a state committee to plan the route of the connector road between the Jamestown and Newport Bridges.

From the Newport Daily News, November 17, 1982

The deadline for the town to apply for excess federal land at Beavertail has been extended to Jan. 15.

The School Board Advisory Committee presented three alternatives for roof repairs to the School Committee Tuesday night. … Alternative 1 would cost about $4.50 a square foot. Alternative 2, about $4.90 a square foot and Alternative 3. $1.50 a square foot. Alternatives 1 and 2 have a 20-year life expectancy; Alternative 3 would be good for about 5 years. Total costs range from $65,000 to more than $200,000.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 12, 1992

Town officials will consider having two polling places on the island for elections in the future. … The town now has only one polling place. Last Tuesday, 83 percent of the town's 3,618 registered voters went to to cast their ballots on eight voting machines at the Community Center. Voters on average spent two hours inside the building waiting to enter a booth, according to poll workers.

Work on the cross-island connector road went out to bid last Thursday and those bids received are expected to be opened Dec. 4.

Members of the newly created Senior Center Siting Committee were given the oath of office at Monday's Town Council meeting.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 13, 1997

The Town Council Monday voted unanimously to establish a Highway Barn Committee to determine the site, size, basic layout, and maximum space needed for a new highway equipment garage.

Some 20 residents decided to take history into their own hands and agreed to form the Friends of the Conanicut Island Battery, a group organized specifically to restore and preserve the Conanicut Island Battery, a Revolutionary War fortification constructed in 1776.

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