2008-03-13 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 13
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 11, 1908

The Whitewood cottage is being moved on the lot on Walcott avenue where it is to be located.

From the Newport Daily News, March 12, 1908

A number of blackbirds and robins have been seen on the island the past few days.

From the Newport Daily News, March 13, 1908

Another party of cottage seekers was on the island today.

The children of the Grammar school were given a fire drill yesterday and although the first practice of that sort held at the school the building was emptied in one minute.

From the Newport Daily News, March 14, 1908

The pleasant weather last evening brought out the largest attendance at the Gardner House hall since the hall has been opened for roller skating.

From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1908

A number of Newport contractors crossed the island yesterday to watch the laying of the Fort Greble water main across the channel.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 13, 1933

A coupling challenge between members of the No. 1 and No. 2 pumpers of the local fire department was held Saturday evening, the No. 2 doing the stunt in three minutes, 45 seconds and No. 1 in 4:42.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 10, 1958

Fire of undetermined origin yesterday morning destroyed a barn and its contents on the Jamestown farm of Ernest R. Vieira. Losses estimated at between $6,000 and $7,000 was partly covered by insurance. (Twelve cows were safely led from the barn.)

From the Newport Daily News, March 11, 1958

The Rhode Island Supreme Court reserved decision yesterday after hearing arguments on the petition of certain property owners that action of the Town Council in abandoning part of Eldred Avenue for use by the Commerce Oil Corp. be quashed.

The Jamestown Town Council last night asked the Jamestown Ferry Authority to request the state Public Utilities Administration to authorize free ferry passes for Jamestown high school pupils attending school in Newport and for a reduction in rates for service personnel.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 11, 1983

The R. I. Congressional delegation will try to convince federal officials that federally owned parcels at Fort Wetherill and Beavertail are best suited for park and recreational use. U.S. Rep. Claudine Schneider is host to the tour Monday of the two sites to provide General Services Administration officials a close up look at the land the Reagan administration has earmarked for sale to the highest bidder.

From the Newport Daily News, March 14, 1983

Efforts to inspire federal officials with the beauty of federal land at Beavertail and Fort Wetherill were made easier with clear skies and bright sunshine this morning. Officials from the General Services Administration said they were impressed with the beauty of the area, but were reluctant to make any commitment on future action. A 6.8 acre parcel at Beavertail and 7.6 acres at Fort Wetherill, were slated for public auction under recent presidential order.

From the Newport Daily News, March 15, 1983

The property revaluation approved by voters at the annual financial town meeting will get underway in about a month.

From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1983

A 60 to 80 year old sewer system and a week of heavy rains just don't mix. … Last week's rain was more than one of the town's three pumping stations could handle. Water from the sewer lines backed up onto the streets.

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

Homeowners will have to have their septic tanks pumped out every three years or risk fines of $100 a day, if a proposed wastewater management ordinance becomes law.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library will close for five weeks starting March 27. According to librarian Judy Bell, the library will be closed for public safety because the walls between the new addition and the older section must be demolished.

Town officials want to meet with Bridge and Turnpike Authority officials to discuss the possibility of their agency paying a user's fee in lieu of taxes.

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

Monday the town started using water brought over from North Kingstown through the emergency pipeline that was built by the National Guard after the summer drought of 1993, when North Pond reservoir almost went dry.

The Friends of the Conanicut Battery received a grant last week (of $25,000) that will enable them to get rolling on the restoration of the revolutionary War-era fort off Battery Lane.

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