2008-01-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 17
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, January 14, 1908

There was a large attendance of out-of-town farmers at S. A. Pierce's auction of cows in Littlefield's stable, Greene lane, today.

From the Newport Daily News, January 15, 1908

Mr. John A. Saunders, who has conducted a coal and wood business at the West ferry for several years, has closed out and moved his household goods to Springfield, Mass., where he will enter the real estate and insurance business.

From the Newport Daily News, January 16, 1908

Mr. A. Johnson has secured schooner Active for fishing purposes. The Active, which arrived here yesterday and tied up to the Enterprise wharf, is a typical Block Island craft of the type fast going out of existence. With a capable crew these double-ended schooners cannot be beaten for seaworthiness in bad weather.

From the Newport Daily News, January 18, 1908

The firemen gave the fifth of their series of whists and socials last evening in the Gardner House hall.

The pipe for conducting water across the west bay for the supply of Fort Greble has arrived, and it will not be many weeks now before that post will have its fresh water supply delivered in more convenient form than by taking it from Saunderstown by boat.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 21, 1933

St. Mark's Dramatic club held their meeting in the Guild hall Thursday evening, when the Misses Annie Morgan and Barbara Hall entertained with songs, and Francis Le Doux gave a selection on the musical saw. At next week's meeting, there will be a debate on the topic, "Resolved, that the European Countries Should not Pay the War Debt."

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 14, 1958

The Jamestown Town Council last night endorsed the air pollution bill sponsored by the North Kingstown Recreation Assn. The bill establishes state controls against air pollution.

From the Newport Daily News, January 18, 1958

The state Supreme Court yesterday granted to refinery objectors a review of the Jamestown Town Council's action in adandoning part of Eldred Avenue for use by Commerce Oil Refining Corp.

From the Newport Daily News, January 18, 1958

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night voted to request the General Assembly to authorize a salary to each commissioner of $20 a meeting with an annual maximum of $400.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 21, 1983

A school bus driver has been getting threatening phone calls since a rocking incident on her bus Wednesday, the School Committee was told Thursday night. The incident took place Wednesday when the high school students began rocking the bus on the Jamestown Bridge and on North Road on the way home from North Kingstown High School. Thirteen students have been banned from the school bus until they meet with the school superintendent.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 14, 1993

A negotiating team was formed by the Town Council Monday to purchase property at 87 North Rd. for use as a senior center. Known locally as "Dr. Lee's" office, the professional building houses three doctor's offices. (A floor plan is included.)

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 15, 1998

A public workshop has been scheduled to discuss a proposal, now before the Town Council, that would help finance the purchase of open space for the island. At its meeting Monday, the Council discussed a proposal by Conservation Chairman Chris Powell to revive a piece of legislation that would enable the town to collect a tariff on the sale of all island homes and parcels of land that would be used to create a land bank for the purpose of purchasing conservation land.

The plan to develop Quonset Point-Davisville (QPD) into a megaport facility will include dredging within a quarter mile of Conanicut Island, and filling in an area at QPD of over 500 acres, shortening the distance between Jamestown and QPD by about half a mile.

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