2008-04-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 10
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, April 10, 1908

The local farmers are putting in more than the usual acreage of potatoes this spring. The pleasant weather of the past few days has caused the planting to progress rapidly.

The annual report of the librarian to the state board of education has been made out. The report shows that 122 volumes have been added to the library during the past year, making a total of 5,365 volumes. … The number of different persons drawing books during the year was 447, of which 208 were new patrons during the past year.

A juvenile baseball team from Newport, styling themselves the "Island Juniors," defeated the local grammar school team this morning by a score of 10 to 7.

From the Newport Daily News, April 14, 1908

Flatfish are running quite plentifully, and a number are being caught from the wharves by hand lines.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 10, 1933

Adoption of a budget of $97,354.61, which is $13,000 less than last year, by the taxpayers at the Jamestown annual financial town meeting Saturday, indicated that the tax rate of $20 will probably be maintained this year. … Lasting more than nine hours, from 10 in the morning until 7:45 in the evening, the meeting was one of the longest annual financial sessions ever held in Jamestown. Recess of an hour was taken for lunch.

From the Newport Daily News, April 14, 1933

Owing to heavy rain Wednesday evening, many cellars in town were flooded and several oil burning furnaces and electric lights were put out of commission.

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

Two real estate experts testified yesterday (in U.S. District Court in Providence) that property values in Jamestown would diminish if the proposed Commerce Oil refining Corp. plant were constructed on that island.

The Jamestown Recreation Board last night sponsored a windup basketball banquet in Holy Ghost Hall. Awards were presented to the individual and team winners of both the Boys League and the Girls League.

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

Some 150 Conanicut Islanders braved Sunday's rainstorm to parade from Beavertail to Fort Wetherill in protest of proposed sale of federal lands at those locations to private interests. The Democratic Town Committee's "Truck on Down" procession attracted nearly 60 vehicles and marchers, each decorated in some way with the message, "Don't Sell Our Land" (DSOL).

From the Newport Daily News, April 12, 1983

The town is seeking a $110,000 grant to finish the Beavertail waterline extension project. … The receipt of additional funds will allow the town to continue the installation of the water line from Beavertail Road at Battery Lane to Clarke's Village

The School Committee Tuesday night endorsed the police department's effort to fingerprint the island's children. The town is following a format similar to the one used in Middletown. Parents can voluntarily bring their children to the police station, and a set of prints will be made. All fingerprint cards will be given to the parents.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 8, 1993

The town could make an extra $73,000 annually to help pay off its debts by taking over operations of the municipal golf course, a report by a Town Council advisory committee says. The town now leases its golf course on Conanicus Avenue to Joseph Mistowski of New England Golf Management, for $35,000 a year.

The Fort Wetherill Boat Owners Association will conduct its annual fishing seminar for island youth on Friday, April 16, at the fire station. Activities will start at 6:45 p.m. with a pasta dinner. Three New England fishing celebrities will be featured.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 9. 1998

Schools Supt. France Gallo is seeking to lengthen the school year by seven days to reduce the amount of time that teachers have to be away from the classroom for professional development pursuits.

Seven Jamestown School Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the Rhode Island state championship Saturday, April 4, and one of the Jamestown teams earned a third place, one took second place, and two teams captured first place awards. The two first place teams will travel to Disney World May 28 through 31 to participate in the World Finals, where 33 countries and 49 states will be represented.

The Town Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing next Monday, April 13, on an ordinance that would increase the cost of all construction permits. … Based on the existing cubic-foot fee structure, a building permit for an average house with 2,000 square feet of floor space would cost about $150.

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