2009-02-12 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 12
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 12, 1909

Joe Dennan of Newport was the successful bidder for the condemned storage battery at Fort Greble, his bid being $305.

There was only a short session of the public schools today in honor of Lincoln's birthday. Appropriate flag day ceremonies were held in the grammar schools.

From the Newport Daily News, February 16, 1909

Four large pistons from the disappearing gun carriages at Fort Wetherill are to be shipped to the Watertown arsenal for alterations.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 9, 1934

(At the Board of Trade meeting) attention to the starving condition of pheasants on the island, due to heavy snow, was called by Mr. Littlefield, and it was voted to purchase grain to be distributed around the island by the chief of police, during the time the ground is snow covered. … The pheasants are a great asset to the island during the summer season, being pets of many of the summer residents.

From the Newport Daily News, February 10, 1934

Owing to the extremely cold weather, both the Clarke and Carr schools were closed Friday noon, as it was felt that the children should not be subject to the cold at noon, on their trip to and from school.

From the Newport Daily News, February 13, 1934

Grand Army Flag day was celebrated in the Jamestown schools Monday with appropriate exercises commemorating the National Flag, the Grand Army of the Republic and the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington.

Cards were received from St. Petersburg, Fla., telling of a beach party, held by the Jamestowners who are spending the winter there, which was preceded by a swimming match at Surf Beach.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 9, 1959

A basketball foul shooting contest for Jamestown Boys was held at the Recreation Hall Saturday morning, with David Deterra and Timmy O'Connell winning top prizes.

From the Newport Daily News, February 10, 1959

A Republican Town Committee attack on the Jamestown Town Council for appropriating $1,000 for attorney fees in the town's appearance in the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. case and a spirited defense of the Council's action … highlighted last night's council meeting.

From the Newport Daily News, February 11, 1959

Gov. Christopher Del Sesto yesterday permitted the bill providing for biennial town elections in Jamestown, subject to approval at a special town meeting on Feb. 25, to become law without his signature.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 8, 1984

The Jamestown Ambulance Association made 422 runs during 1983 in its two ambulances. This is down 45 runs from 1982.

From the Newport Daily News, February 9, 1984

The School Committee will try to cut $25,000 from its 1984-84 budget as requested by the Town Council. … The $25,000 decrease represents about 1.2 percent of the $2.1 million budget the Committee requested.

From the Newport Daily News, February 10, 1984

Substantial jumps in property values have prompted more than 225 Island residents to question their recently-released revaluation notices.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 10, 1994

Town officials next month will ask voters to approve $150,290 capital improvements budget as part of their $3.5 million general government spending package for 1994-95. The largest single expenditure listed is $75,000, which must be spent to upgrade the electrical system at the town-owned campground. … Fees collected fro campers at Fort Getty cover the cost of operating the town's recreation department.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 14, 1999

Almost a year after islanders jotted down their opinions in the 57-question Jamestown Community Survey, the town planning office has issued the results. … Respondents represented one-third of registered voters and taxpayers. … Some 87 percent of those respondents agreed that "natural environment" is the most desirable quality of living in Jamestown. … Out of 12 choices, Jamestown's "small town character" and the "access to the bay" were the other qualities considered most desirable to island residents.

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