2009-03-19 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 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, March 16, 1909

Plowing for the early crops of peas and potatoes has become general with the farmers and market gardeners.

From the Newport Daily News, March 17, 1909

Town Clerk Severance has completed the work of indexing the records of the town council and court of probate between the dates of 1744 to 1857. This town has one of the most complete records of any town in New England.

The season for grass fires has arrived and heavy smoke at various points on the island and at Narragansett show some are in progress.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1934

(At the town council meeting it was determined that) the communication from the Rhode Island CWA, approving the Jamestown project of crushing and breaking of stone to be used in constructing roads and sidewalks, be received and placed on file.

From the Newport Daily News, March 20, 1934

The final result of the ping pong team match between the Republican club and the fire department was held last Monday at the Narragansett engine house. … The final score was 13-12 in favor of the Republican club. The contest has created much interest in town. Each night a large crowd has been present, cheering for their teams. Coffee and sandwiches were served at the close of the games.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1959

"Shamrocks and Shillelagh's" and the golden jubilee of St. Mark's Church, Jamestown, were witnessed by a capacity crowd in the Recreation Center last night.

From the Newport Daily News, March 17, 1959

The law firm of Roberts & Coffey of Providence has been retained by the Jamestown Town Council to prepare the brief for the "friend of the court" appearance of the town in the Commerce Oil Refining Co. appeal. The oil company is appealing the adverse decision received in the United States District Court.

From the Newport Daily News, March 21, 1959

The third rate reduction in a year for the Jamestown Bridge was ordered by the Jamestown Bridge Commission. (Twenty one commuter books, holding 12 tickets, were reduced from $2.50 to $2.20. The 16- trip one-year book, now costing $6, was reduced to $5.) … Publication of 10,000 state maps, to advertise the bridge, was authorized. … An advertisement in a sportsmen's magazine for three months at a cost of $60 was authorized.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1984

School Supt. Alfred J. LaMarche submitted his res- ignation to the School Committee Thursday night, ending his five-year tenure in the post.

From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1984

St. Patrick's Day Minstrel Show was presented to a packed house Friday and Saturday nights at the Jamestown School gym. The show was one of the major events to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of At. Mark's Church.

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

The Town Council hopes to discuss with state Department of Transportation officials their plans to upgrade a 1.4 mile section of roadway leading to Beavertail State Park. DOT wants to upgrade a portion of Southwest Avenue and Beavertail Road to include two 12-foot travel lanes with 4-foot shoulders from Narragansett Avenue to Mackerel Cove.

Town officials will seek a payback for nearly $12,000 in Newport Bridge tolls paid out over the past dozen years. … Available records going back to 1982 clearly show that the town has paid tolls for emergency vehicles with no reimbursements.

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

In a special meeting held Tuesday, the Town Council voted to take a position on the proposed port plans for the land at Quonset Point/Davisville (QPD) as suggested by the QPD Liaison Committee. The statement of position … says that Jamestown "opposes construction of a large container port as proposed" … and goes on to say that the town "supports the expansion of existing businesses … ."

On March 28 the Bay Voyage will celebrate its 110th year of business.

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