2008-02-28 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 28
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 27, 1908

Yesterday and last night's rain accompanied by the thaw has made the dirt roads on the island almost impassable.

A number of robins and several small flocks of blackbirds have been reported on the island.

From the Newport Daily News, March 3, 1908

The rain last evening affected the attendance at the roller skating at the Gardner House, only a few having the hardihood to go out in bad weather.

The local trawl fishermen are making better catches of cod than at any time during the winter.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1933

Two strokes of the fire alarm at midnight Friday night called the apparatus to a grass fire near the oil wells on the west shore at Conanicut Park. After a half hour's work, the return trip was made and another alarm was sent in, as the fire had broken out again, and at 1:30 A. M. the apparatus returned home.

From the Newport Daily News, February 27, 1933

Establishing a standard and precedent that will surely exact repetition the Jamestown Choral society, which was organized in October, and conducted by Carroll W. J. Ball of Newport, with Miss Alice Louise Power of Newport, pianist, gave a concert Sunday afternoon in the Grange hall, before a good-sized audience, which numbered many from Newport.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1958

Jamestown, the only community in the state still holding annual town elections, last night moved to join its sister communities in holding biennial elections.

Governor Dennis J. Roberts, in a letter to the Council, expressed the hope "with the Town Council, that unwarranted delay of construction of the oil refinery on the island will not continue." Roberts said in his letter, "As unemployment increases throughout the nation I am more impressed than ever in the need for basic industry in Rhode Island which will provide steady jobs for our people, which are urgently needed."

The U.S. Army Engineers will hold a public hearing on March 18 at the Jamestown Community Center on navigation improvements at Dutch Island Harbor, Jamestown. The hearing is designed to hear arguments on navigation needs at the site.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 28, 1983

The social committee of Jamestown's Youth Fellowship has planned activities for March and April. … The first event is a record hop at St. Mark's Church, this Friday from 8 to 11 p.m.

The Solid Waste Committee of Jamestown Thursday night reviewed the plans of the South Kingstown solid waster transfer station. … The town's sanitary landfill site is fast filling up with refuse, and the town must either purchase additional land or use off-island means to dispose of its trash.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 25, 1993

This year, for what may well be the first time in Jamestown's history, department heads will enter into contracts or "employment agreements" with the town.

Voters next Monday night will have the final say on a combined town and school budget of around $7.3 million for 1993-93.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 26, 1998

The Town Council Monday authorized parents calling themselves Friends of Jamestown Skaters to go before the Zoning Board of review to seek whatever relief they need to create a skate park next to the school ball fields.

Threatening weather the beginning of the week has delayed yet again repair work on East Ferry's steel pier, making this week four of work-stoppage.

After four years, the Town Council turned some $82,000 over to the Ambulance Association to renovate their Knowles Court barn and told them not to come back for more money.

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