2008-05-01 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 1
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 29, 1908

(At the town council meeting) the stable on North Main road was hired from J. H. Tefft for the sum of $36 per year, and one on Greene lane from J. J. Watson for $40. … George B. Wales was instructed to prepare the saltwater pump at the East ferry for its summer work. Councilman Barber was appointed a committee to advertise for bids for watering the streets outside the compact part of the town. … William A. Barber was appointed a committee to obtain permission to have the church bell rung in case of fire in the schoolhouse or houses. The petition of P. H. Horgan to have a barn moved from the corner of Southwest and Windsor street to Walcott avenue was granted.

From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1908

A baseball team from Newport defeated a local team yesterday on the new field on the Bay View plat.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1933

A meeting of the Board of Trade was held Wednesday evening at the office of Meredith & Clarke. … The board went on record as in favor of better and safer walks in Jamestown. … Suggestions that stop signs be placed on streets entering a main thoroughfare were made. The matter was referred to the town council for advisement and action.

From the Newport Daily News, May 6, 1933

The American Legion bugle and drum corps will lead the street parade this evening, forming at the town hall, marching to the east ferry to the west ferry and returning to the town hall where they will disband.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1958

Newport harbor fog will "melt" for skippers of the two big new ferries, Newport and Jamestown, which were purchased from the state of Virginia complete with radar.

From the Newport Daily News, May 3, 1958

Jamestown Democrats have made their support of the proposed $55,000,000 Commerce Oil refinery in that town the principal plank in their platform for the town election next Wednesday.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1983

The town has asked the state Department of Environmental Management for an extension of the April 30 deadline for use of the landfill on North Road. The DEM has set Saturday as the deadline for the town to submit a plan for an alternate to the near-capacity landfill.

From the Newport Daily News, May 3, 1983

The Jamestown Business Association would like the Town Council to ease the parking problems in the business area. Nick Robertson, the president of the association, proposed three solutions to the Council in a work session Monday night. From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1983

A special historic preservation exhibit will come Sunday at the Jamestown Philomenian Library and continues through May 14. Originated by the Preservation Committee of the Jamestown Historical Society, it represents a sampling of buildings in areas surveyed to date, old and new photos in the society's and other collections, (and other items).

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 30, 1993

The Town Council voted 5-0 Monday to table a proposed septic system ordinance for further study after nearly two hours of argument during which President Sandra Bouchard used her gavel several times to restore order.

There will be plenty of great cookin' this Saturday when the Jamestown Rotary Club hosts its 29th annual May Breakfast.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 30, 1998

Any remaining hopes of building a skate park on school property ended Monday when the Town Council voted, 4-0, … to withdraw its approval of the proposed site.

Archeologists began exploring work on Southwest Avenue Tuesday

in response to concerns by Narragansett Indians that centuries

old gravesites possibly lying under or next to the street would be disturbed by roadwork.

The annual island cleanup was successful in two major ways. Many volunteers helped with the effort, but also it was discovered that the island is getting cleaner - possibly as a result of the annual group commitment. Island Conservation Commission Chairman Chris Powell said that over 50 people showed up last Saturday morning for the Earth Day event. … The teams collected a total of one and a half dumpsters full of trash, which when weighed by Island Rubbish came to 5,920 pounds.

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