2008-03-06 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 6
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, March 6, 1908

Mr. Seth Pierce has moved another of the small buildings from Knowles' court to his property west of the Four Corners.

With the codfish running more plentifully and the tides for the past week unusually low the fishermen are shipping considerable fish and clams.

From the Newport Daily News, March 7, 1908

After more than a week's delay, during which time the building has blocked Clinton avenue, the work of moving the Whitewood cottage was resumed today.

From the Newport Daily News, March 9, 1908

The trench across the West bay for the water main from Saunderstown to Fort Greble is so far completed that if the weather is sufficiently good tomorrow the laying of the pipe will be begun. As the pipe to be laid in water varying from 30 to 60 feet in depth, and is over a mile in length, the work will be watched by engineers and contractors.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 2, 1933

Through the kindness of Messrs. Ferdinand Armbrust and L. F. Meredith, the shop next to the Palace Theatre on Narragansett avenue, has been loaned the local branch (of the Red Cross), and Tuesday, March 7, and each Tuesday and Thursday, from 3 to 4 p.m., garments and material will be given out, also slips for flour.

From the Newport Daily News, March 3, 1933

(At the town council meeting it was voted that) the sum of $500 be placed in the 1933 budget at the fi- nancial town meeting for the purpose of advertising Jamestown as a summer resort.

Jamestown was selected for the locale for the annual field day of the Eastern Rhode Island Farm Bureau by the executive committee … to be held July 25.

From the Newport Daily News, March 7, 1933

On and after March 7, the library will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 5:30.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 3, 1958

Jamestown has been placed on the list for the construction of a new post office, state Rep. Harold F. Shippee has been told by John B. DeMotta of the Post Office Department regional office in Boston.

From the Newport Daily News, March 4, 1958

Construction plans for the Commerce oil refinery in Jamestown are on schedule, but dependent upon the outcome of the suit brought in U. S. District Court in Providence by refinery opponents.

From the Newport Daily News, March 5, 1958

(photo caption) Capacity for 58 cars. Ferry Norfolk, sister ship of the Richmond which arrived two weeks ago, tied up last night at the Newport Shipyard. The wide open auto deck is shown with the stairs on the left to the top deck where cabins will protect 500 passengers. The Norfolk made the Jamestown-Newport run last night in 12 minutes.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 3, 1983

The Town Council is looking to change the zoning of town-owned property at Fort Wetherill from commercial waterfront to open space in an attempt to maintain the area as park land.

From the Newport Daily News, March 4, 1983

Voters will get their say Monday night on how the town should spend its money in fiscal 1984. Approval of a proposed $3.7 million budget would increase taxes by about $2 per $1,000. … Eight resolutions calling for a total appropriation of $178,050 will be presented to voters. Seven of these items are included in the capital improvement budget. The other resolution calls for a $69,000 appropriation for one year only to conduct a property revaluation during calendar year 1983.

From the Newport Daily News, March 8, 1983

Voters approved the $3.87 million recommended budget with little ado Monday night at the annual fi- nancial town meeting. … The budget will increase the tax rate $3.35 per $1,000 for fiscal 1984 which started March 1.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 4, 1993

Voters Monday approved a $7.4 million tax levy to fund town and school budgets totaling $8.4 million at an annual financial town meeting that lasted just over two hours the first in three years not to take two nights. This year's 10 percent spending increase will raise the tax rate from $21.42 to $23.37 for each $1,000 of property valuation.

Abandoned fuel tanks and other debris at five longunused military installations on the island are scheduled for cleanup next year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

(advertisement) Thrifty Oil 76 cents per gal. 200 gal.

An average of $157.10 per boat per weekend was spent at village businesses last summer by boats using the marina at East Ferry. (Information was based on 453 questionnaires sent out by Conanicut Marine Services to last year's mooring and docking customers.)

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 5, 1998

Voters took 44 minutes Monday to approve an $11.5 million budget for fiscal 1998-99 that increased the tax rate by 72 cents, from $14.42 to $15.13, for each $1,000 of property valuation.

The Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall on an ordinance that will temporarily restrict the use of municipal water while the water tower is painted.

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