2009-01-29 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 29
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 26, 1909

(At the town council meeting) J. R. Caswell was appointed a committee to have the various automobile signs on the streets removed.

Last evening Rev. A B. Christy of Providence had a stereopticon lecture on "The Boy and His Foes." The town hall in which the lecture was given was filled to the utmost capacity by an appreciative audience. The lecturer spoke of the advantages of being an American boy and of Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest temperance orators in the West before he took up other great national questions.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 26, 1934

(At the town council meeting) Albert A. Boone reported progress made on the northern boundary wall at the Four Corners cemetery and also the sidewalk and curbing under construction on the east side of Southwest avenue.

The Jamestown child health maintenance committee presented a petition, which was received and placed on file, that the town council be requested to employ the services of a public nurse, who shall co-operate with the local physicians, the public school committee and all local health authorities for a period of three months or until conditions warrant a change.

From the Newport Daily News, January 31, 1934

One of Jamestown's old landmarks, in later years known as the Episcopal Guild Hall, which has stood for more than 60 years on the Old North road, a distance of more than three and a half miles from the ferry, and commanding a view of both the east and west bays and the surrounding country, has recently been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Bucher Tweed who own an extensive nursery covering an area from the East Shore road to the hall. The old hall has now been converted into an attractive six-room cottage, with modern improvements.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 29, 1959

Elimination of several post-midnight crossings and more stringent pass privileges on the Newport-Jamestown ferry effective Feb. 16 were announced today. … The purpose was to put the ferry on a sounder fund basis.

The Jamestown school budget, according to the request received by the Jamestown Town Council last night and referred to its budget committee, totals $180,099. The town is asked to supply $133,099 of this amount, the balance to come from estimated receipts of $17,000. The budget represents an increase of only $8,661.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, January 26, 1984

The School Committee will present a 1984-85 budget request of $2.1 million to the Town Council tonight. The bulk of the 7.24 percent increase over the 1983-84 budget comes from salary and employee benefi t increases.

From the Newport Daily News, January 27, 1984

The School Committee Thursday explained to the Town Council why other repairs were added to a warrant for a new school roof. Severe leaking problems at the school forced the Committee to seek approval on the roof warrant.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 27, 1994

The state Department of Transportation got a goahead from the Town Council Monday to proceed to the next design stage of its proposed upgrade to North Main Road.

Freezing temperatures and slick roads and sidewalks have brought mixed reviews from local Jamestown businesses on how they have fared during these past few cold and icy weeks.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, January 28, 1999

Despite the announcement that the town will enter into a state site remediation program to properly close the North Road landfill, residents remain wary about the future of the site. The Town Council decided to hold a workshop at a future unspecified date to discuss these issues further.

The first graduating class of the Jamestown Citizens Police Academy received completion certificates at Monday's Town Council meeting. … Using money from the police department's donation fund and volunteer efforts by several members of the force, the 10- week program was designed to teach citizens of Jamestown about the workings of their police department as well as understanding of what it takes to do become a police officer. (There were 22 graduates.)

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