2009-02-19 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 19
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 19, 1909

The fishermen are making fairly good catches and with the prevailing good price are doing better than at any time this winter.

From the Newport Daily News, February 22, 1909

Yesterday and today could well pass for spring, the weather more resembling May than February. Already one of the local farmers has begun plowing his potato field and several people have reported seeing robins and blackbirds.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 15, 1934

(letter to the editor by A. O'D. Taylor) Probably the idea of a trip to Jamestown at this time, when the frozen waters of the inner harbor are so solidly congealed as to permit walking on the ice from Newport to the Torpedo Station, would be the least alluring excursion most Newporters could imagine. (The letter describes a ferry trip through ice floes.)

From the Newport Daily News, February 19, 1934

The first meeting of the committee on a fitting celebration for Fourth of July has been held. … The proposed outline of celebration is a parade with some special features which are being negotiated. There will be a field meet with junior and senior classes for both girls and boys. … It is hoped that a tug of war may be arranged between two of the battleships' bands attending. There will be dancing and a fireworks display during the evening.

Steamer Beavertail left Jamestown at noon Saturday for Saunderstown, and considerable ice was en- countered in the bay and the steamer could not make the slip.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 19, 1959

The Bubble Gum Bunch defeated the Lucky Streekers (sic), 16-14, in a Jamestown Junior Girls Basketball League game yesterday.

Barbara Cobb of Grade 6 Jamestown Elementary School won the prize for the most original entry in the school's science fair Tuesday for her entry on "Earthworms, their use and effect on gardens." She received a watch as a prize.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 15, 1984

Town voters early this morning approved, 231- 78, the construction of a full service trash disposal facility at the site of the Jamestown sanitary landfill. The Solid Waste Management Committee claims the project will cost $350,000. The vote reversed a previous one under which the town would have joined a regional transfer station in South Kingstown.

From the Newport Daily News, February 17, 1984

A public hearing on a proposed school budget (for $2.1 million) attracted one person Thursday night.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 17, 1994

Islanders had barely finished digging out from under an earlier storm when snow began falling last Friday in amounts that had some residents thinking they might be in for another Blizzard of '78. (Jamestown received about 20 inches of snow.)

Town officials may spend up to $15,000 on engineering costs in an effort to find the most feasible way to expand the municipal water supply. The Town Council Monday voted unanimously to extend the life of its Water Study Committee for six months and make a $15,000 line item earmarked for general engineering expenses in the 1994-95 budget available for investigating ways to prevent water shortages like the one last summer.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 18, 1999

Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Management brought town officials up to date on their plans to build a $2 million fisheries laboratory at Ft. Wetherill State Park on land adjacent to a parcel where the town's highway barn is located.

(photo caption) Eastern utilities gave islanders a gift in the form of 10 flowering trees as part of its community stewardship program.

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