2008-02-14 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 14
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, February 10, 1908

Dutch Island harbor was almost closed to navigation Monday. A force of men from Newport at work at Saunderstown walked across ice from West ferry to the government dock at Fox Hill, the ferryboat being unable to get into her wharf.

From the Newport Daily News, February 11, 1908

All the icemen have filled their houses except at Conanicut Park, where the pond is small and another cutting will be necessary.

From the Newport Daily News, February 13, 1908

The sport of roller skating which has been revived in many of the nearby cities has materialized here and next week the dining room of the Gardner House will be the scene of the first party.

Yesterday being flag day exercises were held in the public school. After the exercises the schools were addressed by several war veterans and dismissed at noon for the day.

From the Newport Daily News, February 15, 1908

A special meeting of the town council was held Thursday evening for the purpose of granting Mr. P. H. Horgan the privilege of moving a building through Clinton avenue and High street from Knowles court to Walcott avenue.

From the Newport Daily News, February 17, 1908

The work of moving the Whitewood cottage was resumed today and by night it will have reached Narragansett avenue, where it will be necessary to remove the telephone wires and one small tree to get the building into the street,

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 11, 1933

Walter E. Bollons, who was awarded the contract for building the wrought iron gates to be placed on the west side of the Four Corners cemetery, as a gift to the town from the Jamestown American Legion, reports that they are nearing completion and will soon be placed in position.

The young people are enjoying the skating on the ponds about the island.

From the Newport Daily News, February 13, 1933

A large crowd saw the Jamestown town team defeat the Argonauts of Newport, 36-25, in the Holy Ghost hall, Saturday evening. The high scorer for the local team was Joe Perry and P. O'Connell was high man for the visitors. Many stayed for the dancing after the game.

Many of the young people were coasting Saturday and Sunday, enjoying the exceptionally good sledding.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 11, 1958

The Jamestown Town Council last night by motion of Councilman Harold J. Shippee took steps to consider the merits of a biennial town election.

From the Newport Daily News, February 13, 1958

The Jamestown Republican Town Committee last night requested John DeMott regional post office director in Boston to consider Jamestown in the federal two billion dollar expansion program. … Jamestown's post office is located in a wooden structure on Narragansett Avenue and is leased.

A tentative budget of $9,500 to be presented to the Town Council budget committee was approved at a meeting of the Jamestown Recreation Board last night at the Recreation Center, Clifton Moran presiding. Winthrop Wilson presented to the board the detailed plan for use of the Fort Getty area as a recreation area for next summer.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 15, 1983

The Town Council will ask taxpayers to approve a proposed budget of $3.7 million that would increase taxes by about $2 per $1,000 if approved at the financial town meeting March 7. … Taxpayers also face a one-time increase of $1.17 in the tax rate to pay for the state-mandated re-valuation this year.

From the Newport Daily News, February 16, 1983

The Zoning Board of Review Tuesday night ruled that 10 parking spaces would be required to convert the theater building at 34 Narragansett Avenue into a mini-mall.

From the Newport Daily News, February 17, 1983

A last minute decision by the General Services Administration has indefinitely put on hold the sale of a 7.6 acre parcel of land next to Fort Wetherill. The GSA recently declared the land as excess and was to set to auction it at fair market value Friday.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 11, 1993

Council members Monday voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the town's Harbor Management Ordinance that opponents say, if adopted, could cause locals to lose their mooring priorities.

The town may be able to acquire four condemned houses in the cross-island highway corridor for use in its affordable housing program without having to pay even one dime.

Ten graduate students have begun making an in-depth look at downtown Jamestown's problems and potentials in hope of finding some realistic way to revitalize the business district.

Edwin Booth has been named the new postmaster at the Jamestown Post Office.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 12, 1998

The search for a skate park site continued at Monday's Town Council session. A group of parents calling themselves Jamestown Friends of Skating have dropped a parcel of land next to the police station from their list of possible sites, and may look at the potential of the town-owned field on East Shore Road as a new location.

Town officials this week released printed copies of the $11.6 million combined town government and school budget for fiscal 1998-99, as is required by the Town Charter. Voters at the annual financial town meeting will be asked to approve a $6,331,135 school spending package and a $5,220,989 town government budget.

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