2008-02-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 21
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 19, 1908

Today's snow has again put a stop to the moving of the Whitewood cottage from Knowles court to Walcott avenue.

From the Newport Daily News, February 21, 1908

The work of moving the Whitewood cottage was resumed today, and good progress has been made up Clinton avenue, the building being at present opposite Mr. Charles Sowle's place.

From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1908

Improvements, including a new floor, are being made to the Guild hall on the North Main road. This was made possible by a donation of $25 by Bishop McVickar and the efforts of the various societies connected with the North church.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 17, 1933

On the proposition of the Holy Ghost society to build a sidewalk in front of their property on Narragansett avenue, it was voted (by the town council) that the town furnish labor, also the sand and stone, providing the society will furnish the cement and all other materials.

From the Newport Daily News, February 18, 1933

The Jamestown building ordinance was brought up (at a meeting of the Jamestown Board of Trade) and the consensus of opinion of the majority of the members was that the ordinance was obsolete and should be brought up to date, and that this matter should be brought to the attention of the town council for action.

The money donated by Torpedo Station employees for the relief of the unemployed …is now available for use in Jamestown and the Station committee would like sugges- tions as to its disposal. (A committee was as appointed.)

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 18, 1958

The Sam Carr House, oldest building in Jamestown, was destroyed by fire early this morning. Only the 20-inch thick stone walls and fireplace dating back to 1683 were left standing. The building housed the offices of the Commerce Oil Refining Co. and Fluor Construction Co. … Commerce Oil and its construction contractor, the Fluor Company, said the building contained very valuable tools, records and plans.

From the Newport Daily News, February 21, 1958

Private construction of a bridge or tunnel linking Newport and Jamestown was discussed yesterday afternoon at a private conference at the Hotel Viking. … Reports that leaked from the meeting, however, indicated that what had been discussed was a bridge from Newport to Rose Island and a tunnel from Rose Island to Jamestown. … The New York engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Hall & MacDonald in 1955 recommended to the state that a $30,000,000 tunnel be built from Newport to Jamestown. The recommendation was deferred on the grounds that estimated traffic would be insufficient to warrant construction if construction were limited to state or private financing.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 22, 1983

The Town Council discussed a map of proposed anchorage areas in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay at a workshop Monday night. The Council will have to approve the proposed map before it can go to the Coastal Resources Management Council for approval.

From the Newport Daily News, February 24, 1983

The Recreation Center in Jamestown the original home of the USO on Conanicut Island will be the location of the Salute to the USO April 23. This celebration is being arranged by the Appreciation Day committee.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 19, 1993

The Jamestown Taxpayers' Association will call for reducing the proposed $7.3 million 1993-94 budget when it is presented to voters at the annual financial town meeting March 1.

It isn't cheap to live in Jamestown. And perhaps no one knows that better than Jamestowners. While local real estate agents say house prices are coming down and the market is picking up, buying one of the 2,400 homes on the island is still a stretch for many, especially young couples. … The town's recently completed Comprehensive Plan … states that single family houses in Jamestown had the highest average purchase price in the state in 1990. The plan says only 11 of the 59 house sold that year fell into the affordable housing category at $122,600, based on an average Jamestown household's income of $53,000.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 19, 1998

Town officials will soon send out notices alerting municipal water customers to a water-use alert and a water ban that will be in effect from March 1 to May 25.

The Planning and Development wing of the state Department of Environmental Management has received permission to hire architectural and engineering consultants for the development of a marine fisheries resource center to be located at Ft. Wetherill.

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