2009-02-26 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 26
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 27, 1909

After being tied up owing to the high winds of the past few days, the beam trawlers are dragging off the east shore of the island again today.

From the Newport Daily News, March 1, 1909

Preparations are being made to start work on the new barracks to be built at Fort Greble.

Messrs. Clifford Wright and William Williams have left for Washington to witness the inauguration.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 24, 1934

Owing to ice conditions in the west bay Manager Brooks announced that Steamer Beavertail will cease operations until March 1.

From the Newport Daily News, February 26, 1934

The Jamestown Fire Department held an "Old Timers" night and supper at the engine house on Narragansett avenue recently, 48 members attending. … Many of the old records of the department were read, beginning with the organization of the department and the first election of officers. (Prizes were awarded to winners of the pinochle, whist and ping pong tournaments.)

From the Newport Daily News, February 27, 1934

August Silvia of New Bedford, who invested his life savings in a neat 40-foot schooner, had a trying experience Monday night, when his craft, the Rose Jarvis, dragged her anchors and went aground near the Beavertail Country Club in Mackerel Cove.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 23, 1959

An increase of $11,000 over the current year is shown in the proposed $180,899 school budget. … The tuition costs total is $41,000, an increase of $8,000 over last year.

From the Newport Daily News, February 24, 1959

The two pilot houses from the former Jamestown ferry Hammonton were removed yesterday from India Point in Providence, where the ferry was stripped, to the Johnson storage yard of Pasco Izzo, scrap dealer, who purchased the boat from the state. The hull has been converted into a coal barge for the Newport Oil Co. The pilot houses, according to Izzo, weigh about 4,000 pounds each and are worth at least $120 each for scrap. He has turned down offers of up to $300 each for them, he said. Moving them to Johnston yard was to protect them from thieves, Izzo said. Last November four mahogany pilot wheels and two bronze wheels from the pilot houses were stolen, he said.

From the Newport Daily News, February 25, 1959

Several Jamestown property owners yesterday lost their attempt to prevent the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. from erecting a pier and wharf off Eldred Avenue. From the Newport Daily News, February 26, 1959

Jamestown voters yesterday approved biennial elections, 258-23, in a special election. … Only 17 percent of the town's 1,720 eligible voters cast ballots.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, February 23, 1984

Jamestowners looking to rid themselves of a mound of unwanted brush can take advantage of a program in which town equipment is available to grind that brush into chips.

From the Newport Daily News, February 28, 1984

The Town Council Monday night formally established a Public Works Department giving the town full control over the operation of the water and sewer divisions.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 25, 1994

A proposal that could provide revenue for the town by allowing a private firm to compost sewage sludge from other communities at Jamestown's transfer station met with opposition from the Town Council Tuesday.

After recent meetings with both the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, the Jamestown Village Association decided to leave chamber membership up to individual businesses.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, February 25, 1999

The Town Council will hold a public workshop on the closed north end landfill tonight.

Town officials will ask voters to approve the 1999- 2000 municipal budget at the annual financial town meeting next Monday. … The combined recommended spending plan for both town operations and the School Department totals $11.65 million.

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