2009-01-22 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 22
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, January 20, 1909

The clam chowder supper given for the benefit of the Beneficial Society last evening in the Gardner House hall by several men interested in the society's work proved so much of a success that they can be expect to be called upon again.

From the Newport Daily News, January 21, 1909

Between three and four inches of ice have formed on the ponds and some of the iceboat owners are getting their craft ready for the sport.

From the Newport Daily News, January 23, 1909

The clam diggers had another favorable tide yesterday, it falling far below the usual low water mark.

A heavy fog has hung over the island all day and the accompanying warm weather is causing the frost to come out of the ground making the dirt roads and sidewalks almost impassable.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 18, 1934

Steamer Mohican of the Jamestown & Newport Ferry line is now tied up at South ferry wharf and is being dismantled, having passed her days of usefulness. All the lumber is given to the unemployed. Each day a crew of six men take what they can carry away, and each succeeding day a new crew will take more.

An important step towards the realization of the Jamestown-Saunderstown bridge was taken Wednesday afternoon when the Emergency Public Works Commission gave its approval to the $2,400,000 project.

From the Newport Daily News, January 19, 1934

It is announced that sufficient back taxes have been collected in the past few months, so that it will not be necessary to sell the large bond issue originally contemplated.

From the Newport Daily News, January 20, 1934

The organization meeting of the Jamestown, No. 1 Boy Scouts was held in the Thomas H. Clarke school Friday evening under the sponsorship of the American Legion.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 20, 1959

A well known Jamestown landmark, Carr School, is being torn down by its owner, John B. Foley, who bought the structure several years ago at public auction from the town…. The Carr School served the community adequately until a few years ago when, outmoded and unsafe and far too small for the rapid growth of the community, the present Jamestown Elementary School was constructed.

From the Newport Daily News, January 22, 1959

At a special Town Council meeting yesterday morning in Jamestown, the town treasurer, Philip J. McCafferty was authorized to borrow $85,000 from the Industrial National Bank in anticipation of taxes. The money is needed to operate the town from the end of the fiscal year, Feb. 28, to the May financial town meeting.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 18, 1984

A Worcester, Mass., oil company that delivered diesel fuel oil to Newport Electric Corp. substation on Eldred Avenue instead of a generator in Portsmouth, caused an oil spill Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. … Fifty to 75 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a dike under the fuel tank, especially designed for such an accident. From the Newport Daily News, January 19, 1984

The twin snowstorms that dumped about 5 inches of snow on Aquidneck and Conanicut islands since noon Wednesday were more of an inconvenience than anything for area residents. From the Newport Daily News, January 23, 1984

Fire damaged Hammond's Tru- Value Hardware Store Saturday afternoon. … The blaze destroyed supplies in a one-story ell at the rear of the three-story structure.

Frederick R. Coleman, owner of the 19th-century Bay Voyage Inn on Conanicus Avenue, will appear with his three new partners before the Jamestown Zoning Board of Review … to seek variances for the structure they plan to convert into time-sharing units.

15 years ago. From the Jamestown Press, January 20, 1994

Local education costs may rise as much as 14 percent due to increased spending compounded by cuts in state funding. The Jamestown School Committee has approved a $4,661,227 operating budget for 1994-95.

Three and a half hours of scrutiny from the Town Council Saturday brought only a few minor changes (to the town's) proposed $3.9 million budget for 1994-95.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 21, 1999

The town will voluntarily enter into the state Remediation Program to clean up its closed, and now infamous, landfill on North Main Road.

Town Council members agreed to some significant budget changes during their final work session on the proposed $4.54 million general government budget for fiscal 1999- 2000 last Saturday.

The February Board meeting of the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority will shed some light on the feasibility of whether local commuters can expect some reduction in the price of a token to cross the Newport Bridge. Results of extensive engineering studies done late last year will reveal whether the 30-year-old bridge needs work done on its decking, a 7-inch thick concrete slab reinforced with two layers of steel.

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