2008-03-27 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 27
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 24, 1908

Several colored farm hands from the South arrived today.

From the Newport Daily News, March 25, 1908

Spring supplies of seed potatoes are being received on almost every ferry and the farmers are getting their fields in readiness for planting.

From the Newport Daily News, March 27, 1908

Several flocks of wild geese passed over the island this morning.

From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1908

A large hoisting crane for Fort Wetherill was brought from Newport today.

Lighter Archer has landed a load of lumber on the Enterprise wharf, from Fall River, for Mr. J. H. Ellis, who is building a cottage on his property near the Four Corners.

The season for grass fires has arrived and although none have as yet been seen on the island there have been several burning in the Narragansett country.

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

Jamestown has initiated action in the General Assembly for the purchase of the water plant owned by the Newport Water Company in that town. The move follows a similar move by Newport, and is a direct result of the increased rates allowed the Water Corporation by the Public Utilities Commission.

From the Newport Daily News, March 31, 1933

Many automobiles lined the East Shore toad Thursday evening to watch the spectacular fire in Potter's Point, which the firemen, taking advantage of the stillness of the night, had started to burn off the dead brush and grass. The whole point was ablaze and could be seen from all parts of the island.

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

The Jamestown Town Council last night appointed Councilmen Harold F. Shippee and Stephen R. Smith with F. James West, adjutant of Arnold-Zweir Post, American Legion, a committee to obtain the opinion of young men of the town on the organization of a Rhode Island National Guard unit.

From the Newport Daily News, March 26, 1958

A bill will be introduced in the state Senate this week by Alton Head Jr. (R-Jamestown) providing biennial elections in Jamestown at the same time as state and national elections in November.

From the Newport Daily News, March 28. 1958

A school budget of $169,838, nearly $30,000 higher than last year, was approved by the Jamestown Council sitting as a budget committee.

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

Preparations are in full swing for "The Salute to the USO," set for April 23, at the Jamestown Recreation Center.

From the Newport Daily News, March 29, 1983

The Town Council may try to control time-sharing projects in Jamestown before many can gain a foothold. The Council agreed 4-0 to have a public hearing on whether to expand the zoning definition of hotels to include time-sharing units.

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

The Zoning Board Tuesday granted the town a special exception that will permit it to build a recreational ball field in a residential zone on a parcel of land at the corner of Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road.

Whether a 24-hour leash law referendum question will appear on the May election ballot might be decided at a special Town Council meeting next Monday at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to let residents voice their opinions on the pros and cons of having an aroundthe clock dog ordinance, an issue previous councils have also faced.

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

The town has quickly mobilized to offer a rabies vaccination clinic in light of the unprovoked attack, last week, by a fox on a local child.

The temporary restrictions on water use are not working as well as they could be. Public Works Director Steven Goslee told the Town Council Monday that the past Saturday and Sunday were still problems, and that the water treatment plant had to be turned on both days to boost up the water pressure.

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