2009-02-05 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 5
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, February 1, 1909

This morning was the coldest of the season, the thermometer registering only 4 degrees above shortly after daylight. The icemen are busy getting ready to cut. The filling of the smaller houses will probably commence tomorrow, the ice having reached the thickness of 6 inches. Work at the larger houses will begin a day or so later depending on weather conditions.

From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1909

A number of men are at work on the Watson farm reservoir cutting ice for Littlefield. Clarke finished filling his house there yesterday. The other ponds have not yet been opened.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 2, 1934

The debt of $55,000 owed by the town of Jamestown to the state, which holds its bonds for Beavertail road, would be cancelled under the terms of an act presented to the General Assembly today by Senator Alton Head of that town He also offered an act empowering the Jamestown town council to exempt from taxation the real estate of the Holy Ghost Society.

From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1934

A silver cup, entitled "The Wood Box Trophy," was presented to the (fire) department by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jones of New York and Shoreby Hill, as a prize to be competed for in the next ping pong tournament, and any member winning three times will become the permanent owner of the cup. (At the quarterly meeting of the Fire department) a vote of thanks was given to Mr. and Mrs. Willis E. Clarke for the gift of a piano to the department.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1959

The town of Jamestown will enter its appearance in the case of William W. Miner and others against the Commerce Oil Refinery Corp., as a "friend of the court" when the Commerce appeal from a federal Court judgment is heard by the Court of Appeals for the First District in Boston.

From the Newport Daily News, February 4, 1959

No increase is contemplated at present in the Jamestown ferry fares as recommended in a survey received by the state in December.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 2, 1984

The Zoning Board of Review Tuesday night granted Frederick R. Coleman, owner of the Bay Voyage Inn and his three partners three variances, two of them with stipulations, to renovate and restore the Victorian Inn for time-sharing units.

From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1984

(photo caption) East Ferry Block construction moves along on schedule in Jamestown, as sheetrock is hoisted to the second floor Thursday. Six stores units should be ready by June 1, and three residential units by July 1.

From the Newport Daily News, February 6, 1984

A mile-and-a-half south of the center of Jamestown … lies the highway garage and all the town's public works equipment. The main storage building is a 120-foot long concrete structure. … The site has been home to the Jamestown Highway Department since it was donated by the federal government in 1969. (As part of the town's five-year Capital Development Plan, it was proposed to relocate the garage to town land at Taylor's Point.)

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 3, 1994

General and school spending packages totaling over $8.1 million will be presented to voters for approval at next month's annual financial town meeting.

Golf professional Brad Faxon of Barrington has agreed to consult on the proposed restoration of the historic Beaver Tail Golf Course. … According to (the developer) who is putting together a group of investors for the project, an agreement has been reached to purchase 68 acres which contain the original Tillinghast 9-hole course.

The Town Council Monday voted to raise the seasonal rate at Fort Getty campground from $1,700 to $1,950 and also to charge $20 for the Recreation Department's 10-week summer program for local kids.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 4, 1999

Two Jamestown doctors participated in a recent medical mission to Nicaragua. (For optometrist Carl Sakovits it was his 12th such endeavor, but for family physician Joe England it was his first experience.)

(photo caption) The two-masted Ring-Anderson has been hauled for repairs at Conanicut Marine Services Round House.

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