2008-01-31 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of January 31
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 28, 1908

(At the town council meeting) the hours of duty of the chief of police were fixed at from 2 to 6 and 7 to 11 p.m. The town sergeant was given permission to rent the town hall to the Kickapoo Medicine Company.

From the Newport Daily News, January 30, 1908

The play given Tuesday evening in the Gardner House hall by a number of boys to raise money for the Boys' Athletic Club, drew a large audience who were well pleased by the efforts of the juvenile actors. The play was entitled "The Great Bank Robbers."

From the Newport Daily News, February 1, 1908

An informal dance was given last evening in the Gardner House hall. There were nearly 50 present and an enjoyable time was had.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 26, 1933

Conanicut Grange, Royal Arcanum, held its regular meeting in the town hall, with the regent, Francis Locke, presiding. After calling the meeting to order, routine business was transacted. One candidate was admitted and received the full ritualistic work of the Kempton degree.

From the Newport Daily News, January 28, 1933

(At the town council meeting a list of names and amount paid to them for the work on the stone wall at the Four Corners cemetery is given). … It was voted that after the completion of the town's cemetery wall, work will begin on the sidewalks and highways of districts No. 2 and 3. … It was voted that the town clerk secure a list of the persons who are not legal residents of the town and send the list to the town's attorney and for him to take action as is necessary in ordering such persons to leave the town.

From the Newport Daily News, January 30, 1933

Antone Santos, Jr., announces that he will give a free ticket to the Opera house (in Newport), to every one who makes a fifty-cent purchase at his store, "The Clover Leaf Farm Store" Southwest avenue, Tuesday.

From the Newport Daily News, January 31, 1933

Saturday afternoon 10 children met with Miss Mollie Carr … for the purpose of forming a patriotic activity known as the "Sons and Daughters of the Revolution." This is a nation-wide organization.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 22, 1958

The Commerce Oil Refining Corp. plan to import foreign crude oil through the Gulf Oil Co. to the proposed refinery in Jamestown has been cited by a Wyoming senator who thinks congressional action may be needed to curb such imports.

From the Newport Daily News, January 23. 1958

Members of the Town Council yesterday were served court citations enjoining the Council and Commerce Oil Refining Corp. from abandoning a portion of Eldred Avenue until further order of the state Supreme Court.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 28, 1983

The volunteer Fire department in 1982 "had the busiest year" since its incorporation in 1897, according to the annual report released Thursday by Lt. Dalton E. Brownell, who prepared the report. The firemen fought 22 structure fires and 10 vehicles fires. Twelve firemen were injured during the year, none seriously. Ten grass, brush and rubbish blazes were put out. Firemen responded to 40 hazardous conditions, answered 16 calls for "good intent" and made 74 service calls to help residents with various matters, such as cellars flooded and general community service.

From the Newport Daily News, January 31, 1983

The circulation of books at Jamestown Philomenian Library during December (1982) totaled 2,505, up about 200 over 1981 for the same period.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, January 28, 1993

The Town Council last night was set to review the School Committee's recommended budget for 1993-94 that would add about $1 to the town's current tax rate. The committee has approved a school operating budget of $4.2 million, up 4.5 percent from last year.

School Business Manager Dureen Bryer told the School Committee last week that the cost of education for Jamestown students in kindergarten through grade 8 is $4,328 per pupil last year. That amount is one of the lowest in the state, Supt. Phyllis Schmidt said.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, January 29, 1998

Town officials will present a combined town government budget and school budget totaling some $11.55 million at the upcoming financial town meeting.

Parents, students, teachers and administrators all over the state are talking about the School Accountability Learning and Teaching (SALT) survey, and Jamestown is no exception. According to the state Department of Education, the survey is designed to offer each school a context for understanding its student performance results, and is a tool to help each school with its improvement planning efforts.

Summer campers at the town-owned Ft. Getty campground will be paying higher rates this season. While seasonal campers will see no hike in their $2,010 fees, … the Town Council voted Monday to raise the daily parking rate from $6 to $8 and increase the daily parking with a boat trailer fee from $7 to $10. Nightly tenting will now cost $20 instead of $17, and owners of RVs will have to shell out $25 a night rather than the $22 they paid last summer. Brownell, who prepared the report. The firemen fought 22 structure fires and 10 vehicles fires. Twelve firemen were injured during the year, none seriously. Ten grass, brush and rubbish blazes were put out. Firemen responded to 40 hazardous conditions, answered 16 calls for "good intent" and made 74 service calls to help residents with various matters, such as cellars flooded and general community service.

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