2008-05-15 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 15
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, May 11, 1908

The road scupper is at work on Clinton avenue clearing out the gutters and rounding up the roadbed.

From the Newport Daily News, May 14, 1908

Yesterday was the first warm day of the spring, at noon the thermometer registered 80 at several points on the island.

From the Newport Daily News, May 18, 1908

Several fishing parties visited the rocks at the Dumplings and Beavertail yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, May 19, 1908

Submarine Octopus is being tried over the measured mile off the east shore of the island today.

Quite a number of the cottagers are expected to arrive next week, and work on grounds and buildings is being rushed to have them in readiness.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 17, 1933

A meeting was called by the school committee Monday evening, for the purpose of ascertaining the wishes of the parents of pupils in the seventh and eighth grades, in relation to the matter of keeping the ninth grade in Newport Rogers High, or returning it to Jamestown in the Thomas H. Clarke school. There was a large attendance of parents and all members of the school committee were present. … There were many ideas presented both for and against the proposition, and after calling for a rising vote, by the chairman, a large number voted to retain the ninth grade at Rogers high school.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 12, 1958

Jamestown taxpayers, Saturday, adopted a record budget of $383,921.81 for the next fiscal year in a quiet meeting attended by only five per cent of the 1,148 eligible voters.

Jamestown taxpayers Saturday voted 191-29 in favor of the permanent police bill ratifying the enabling legislation passed by the General Assembly.

From the Newport Daily News, May 16, 1958

A bill abolishing the Jamestown Ferry Authority and transferring its duties, powers, rights and functions to the state director of public works passed the House without opposition yesterday, and was sent to the Senate.

Testimony was completed yesterday in the 41-day trial over the construction of the proposed $55,000,000 refinery in Jamestown. The case, said to be the longest in more than 20 years in the U.S. District Court in Providence, was heard by Federal Judge Edward W. Day. Refinery opponents took 19 days to present their testimony. The Commerce Oil Corp. took 22 days to present its side. Each will present oral arguments May 26 to Judge Day, who heard the case without jury.

The new ferry Jamestown, largest craft ever on the Newport-Jamestown run, made its first trip from Jamestown to Newport at 3 o'clock this afternoon without ceremony or fanfare … The Jamestown carries 58 cars and 500 passengers. The Governor Carr, which it replaces on the run, can accommodate 32 cars and 300 passengers.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 17, 1983

The Watson Pond South Reservoir is deteriorating and millions of gallons of fresh water are lost each year, the Town Council was told Monday night. Town Engineer Richard Zimmerman said the daily water loss from the reservoir ranges from 700,000 gallons to almost three million gallons because inadequate storage capacity at the pond causes overflow. From the Newport Daily News, May 18, 1983

The Jamestown Teachers Association and the School Department signed a two-year pact Tuesday morning, ending almost six months of negotiations. The teachers will receive an across-the-board salary increase of 7 percent for the 1983- 84 school year and a 5 percent increase for the following school year.

The town is gradually working toward an improved lateral sewer system. But meanwhile it must look for ways to prevent system overflow during periods of heavy rain.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 13, 1993

Whether or not town officials start enforcing the newly passed animal control ordinance next Monday will depend on the town's solicitor's legal opinion.

This boating season Jamestown's harbormaster will for the first time have a harbor management enforcement policy to follow when he or she patrols the mooring fields. … The new enforcement procedures were two years in the making and establish guidelines that are not detailed in the harbor ordinance.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 14, 1998

The state Department of Transportation decided last Friday to downgrade the $1.96 million construction project on Southwest Avenue to just resurfacing due to the possible presence of Narragansett Indian burials.

More than a week of rain and humidity have delayed painting the outside of the water tower, and town officials may have to extend the restrictions on water-use currently in effect.

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