2009-03-05 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 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: March 3, 1909

A carload of wood ashes have arrived from Canada for Mr. Alton Head.

From the Newport Daily News: March 5, 1909

Oyster boat Frank C. Rowe is tied up in the Enterprise dock to await the going down of the wind before going outside.

From the Newport Daily News: March 6, 1909

It is reported from Washington that Stillman Saunders has been awarded the contract to carry the Jamestown mails, and also the contract to carry the mails between Newport and Wickford. He underbid the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company, whose bid was $1,000 for the work, by $200. His price for the Wickford work was stated to be $10,000.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News: March 1, 1934

Schooner Rose Jarvis of New Bedford was hauled clear of her rocky berth in Mackerel Cove late Wednesday afternoon. … The rescue of the 40-foot fisherman was accomplished after many hours of hard work in fixing barrels along her sides and developing artificial buoyancy.

From the Newport Daily News: March 7, 1934

There will be 25 individual matches between the ping pong teams of the Republican Club and the fire department.

From the Newport Daily News: March 8, 1934

C. J. Lyons spoke (at the Board of Trade meeting) on the condition of the ball field, saying that if we are to entertain ball teams from the fleet, something should be done to make a sports field available.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News: March 4, 1959

A resolution calling on Governor Del Sesto to use his good offices "to clean up and restore to the tax rolls certain blighted property held by the federal government in Jamestown" was introduced yesterday afternoon. (The resolution refers particularly to Fort Wetherill.)

From the Newport Daily News: March 9, 1959

The Jamestown Junior Basketball League broke even. In two games with outside forces last Saturday in the Holy Ghost Hall. (The Jamestown Rookies won 22-11 and the Jamestown All Stars lost 35 to 31.)

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News: March 1, 1984

Superintendent of Jamestown Highways Frank Brazil was honored Saturday night at a retirement dinner at St. Mark's Church hall. His retirement, which becomes official Wednesday, marks 34 years with the Public Works Department.

From the Newport Daily News: March 2, 1984

The Jamestown Fire Department made 355 runs in 1983. … A breakdown reveals 42 fires during 1982 and 26 auto and marine rescues, and requiring emer- gency medical service.

From the Newport Daily News: March 6, 1984

Jamestown voters overwhelmingly approved a 1984- 85 budget of $3.9 million Monday night at the Town Financial Meeting. … About 200 Isle residents braved stormy conditions to attend. ,, No one dissented from the town's proposal to set the tax rate at between $12.14 and $12.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

From the Newport Daily News: March 8, 1984

The newly formed Charter Review Commission began its long journey Wednesday night with an overview of the present charter and a look at potential problem areas.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press: March 3, 1994

Voters at next Monday's annual financial town meeting will be asked to spend $8 million in property taxes to pay for general and school spending plans for 1994- 95 that total $9.2 million.

The Town Council on Monday expressed unanimous interest in seeking further plans for a proposed golf course on Beavertail that would involve selling or leasing 27 acres of town-owned land.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press: March 4, 1999

At the annual financial town meeting Monday, it took 210 voters 48 minutes to approve a $11.66 million budget for fiscal 1999-2000 and raise the tax rate from $15.13 to $15.63 for each $1,000 of assessed property value.

An independent national survey agency recently released a document that ranks the country's top libraries. While it did not make the American top 20, the Jamestown Philomenian Library was named the third best in the state of Rhode Island.

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