2008-10-30 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 30
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, October 27, 1908

The ferryboats are making their trips to Newport round the south end of Goat island, the cause of the change being so as not to interfere with the laying of a pipe from Newport to the Torpedo Station, which is underway today.

From the Newport Daily News, October 28, 1908

Stray shots from the guns at Fort Adams came near doing serious damage at Beavertail yesterday, besides endangering the lives of the light keepers and fishermen about the shore. Three shots fired at the moving target towed by Steamer Robert Swartwout hit or passed close over the point.

From the Newport Daily News, October 29, 1908

Codfish are striking in great numbers and are being caught by tautog fishermen. The record catch for the fall was that yesterday by Mr. Ralph Hull, a 19-pounder, which he secured off James's ledge.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 27, 1933

(At the town council meeting) a group of boys and girls, requesting a street to be closed to traffic, for the use of roller skating, were granted the use of Green lane from Union street to Brook street to be used from 3 to 10 p.m. … Voted that Commissioner Chauncey Shackford be appointed a committee to confer with the town's attorney in regard to prohibiting the sale of indiscreet magazines.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 27, 1958

The Jamestown Protective Assn. Inc., has sent members of the Jamestown Town Council a pamphlet it prepared entitled "Danger to Narragansett Bay Area from Refineries," Capt. Francis S. Craver, USN (ret), Assn. secretary, said today.

From the Newport Daily News, October 28, 1958

The (Town) Council was notified that the town dump rental had been increased from $150 to $200 a year. It was voted to pay Frank Pimental, owner, $150 when the rental is due and to refer the extra $50 to next year's budget committee … The Council voted to keep a guard on duty at Beavertail through Sunday night. It will notify the Navy, that if it will keep Beavertail open, the town would police it and the highway department would keep it clean.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 25, 1983

The Town Council Monday night adopted a resolution supporting the state Department of Transportation $45 million bond issue set to go before the voters statewide Nov. 8. If approved, $18 million of the transportation bond will be used for construction of a new Jamestown Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, October 27, 1983

The state Department of Transportation will unveil two sets of drawings for the Jamestown Bridge Replacement Project at a press conference set for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Providence. The renderings will depict the design of a concrete and a steel bridge. Representatives of the two architectural firms contracted in June 1982 to draw the designs will attend the conference.

For the second time this month, the state has learned it will receive a land parcel from the federal government at no cost. U.S. Sen. John H. Chafee announced Tuesday that the Department of Interior has decided to transfer a 7.6 acre parcel next to Fort Wetherill to the state for recreational use. The land will become part of the Narragansett Bay Islands Park system.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 28, 1993

The School Committee voted 4 to 1 last Thursday against offering a school voucher system, but did not rule out the possibility of vouchers in the future.

Plans to build an emergency pipeline to alleviate the island's water crisis have yet to be passed on to the assistant secretary of the army so that he can activate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The ban on all outdoor water uses was extended for another 60 days by a unanimous vote of the Town Council.

The weather was perfect last Sunday as 337 costumed runners and walkers raced through town in the fifth annual Jack O'Lantern Jog.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 29, 1998

The Town Council Monday appointed two councilmen to draft a resolution expressing the town's official stance on a proposal to dump millions of yards of "clean" dredged sediment into a large depression between Prudence and Hog islands.

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