2009-03-12 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 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, March 9, 1909

Mr. C.E. Weeden and Dr. E. C. Ballard are at the automobile show in Boston.

A. O'D. Taylor has rented for T. A. H. Tefft the socalled Hazard farm, situated on the westerly side of the island, about two miles above the village, to Aaron R. Richardson for one year.

From the Newport Daily News, March 13, 1909

With the annual town meeting for the election of town officers only a month away the usual rumors of a general change in the office holders can be heard about the town.

Two car loads of fertilizer have arrived in Newport for Mr. A. L. Peckham.

The weekly meeting of the Women's Christian Temperance Union was held yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. John E. Watson on Narragansett avenue.

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

Mrs. Armbrust reported (at the Red Cross meeting) 133 garments for the Red Cross supply had been given out; 98 pairs of pajamas made by volunteers. Several individuals are knitting for the Red Cross and have returned, so far, two pairs boys' stockings, one sleeveless sweater, one helmet.

From the Newport Daily News, March 12, 1934

The State Board of Roads began last Saturday afternoon clearing the streets of snow, working until late Sunday morning, and the town's snow plow was out at 1 a.m. Sunday, clearing the town streets.

From the Newport Daily News, March 13, 1934

An organization meeting of the Roosevelt Club was held at the new cub rooms in the Smith block, Narragansett avenue. … Forty members were present, including some old-time politicians and many young men.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 10, 1959

The Jamestown Town Council was told last night that the Jamestown Water Company had been advised by engineering consultants to seek a fare increase. The Council's reaction was to go on record as opposing such an increase. (The Council was told that the private company was operating at a loss and there had not been a fare increase since 1952.)

From the Newport Daily News, March 11, 1959

The Jamestown School Committee last night increased pay for substitute teachers from $12 to $15 as day, beginning Sept. 1, providing the budget will allow it. … Workmen's compensation coverage was voted for all school employees, effective immediately.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 13, 1984

Two Isle residents have filed suit against the Town Council to restore the original decision of town voters for a regional waste transfer station with South Kingstown. From the Newport Daily News, March 14, 1984

The result of Tuesday's Democratic primary showed that Aquidneck Island voters have jumped aboard the Gary Hart bandwagon. The three island communities and Jamestown gave the Colorado senator better support than he received statewide.

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

Voters at the annual financial town meeting approved school and general budgets totaling $9.2 million, and some $8 million of that will come out of taxpayers' pocketbooks.

The Planning Commission will ask for public input on the possibility of allowing accessory apartments in Jamestown.

(photo caption) Islanders watch from Beavertail as a basket brimming with gifts donated by fellow Jamestowners is hoisted above the Sergy Vasilisin. Capt. Peter Kesenko smiles as he shakes hands with Town Council President Fred Pease who presented the Russian skipper with a proclamation of friendship.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 11, 1999

Representatives of the Department of Environmental Management came to Jamestown last week prepared to explain how the former landfill will be given a clean bill of health under the state's new site remediation program, but residents' concerns went well beyond the limits of the landfill.

The results of months of feedback from members of the Quonset Point Davisville Stakeholders Committee, scrutinized and analyzed by consultants hired by potential port developers, is a report measured in pounds rather than pages, that outlines suggested port alternatives and whether they are economically and environmentally feasible.

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