2009-03-26 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 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, March 23, 1909

(advertisement) 15 Horses for Sale. In weight from 1,000 to 1,400 lbs. each, 1 pair Bays, 2,700 lbs., adapted for all business purposes, any one looking for a youngsound seasoned-established horse I can fill the bill. It will only cost you 10cts to cross the river and you will find a better assortment of acclimated horses than any stable in the state. The S. A. Pierce Co., Jamestown, R.I., West Ferry, Tel. 2430.

From the Newport Daily News, March 24, 1909

The local automobile owners are getting out their machines for the season.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1934

It was voted at a (town council) meeting held March 2, that the following propositions be submitted to the qualifi ed electors at the financial town meeting: "Shall a sum not to exceed $300 be appropriated, to be used if necessary, for the furtherance of the July 4 celebration to be known as Jamestown and navy day? "Shall a sum not to exceed $300 be appropriated for purchasing an athletic field for the town? Shall a sum not to exceed $2,000 be appropriated for a public health nursing service in Jamestown?"

From the Newport Daily News, March 29, 1934

Superintendent Bradley reported (to the school committee) that there will be six Jamestown students graduating from Rogers High school in June, and about 20 pupils who will graduate from the eighth grade … making an increase of about 14 pupils who will enter Rogers High next year. The maximum number at Rogers this year has been 100 pupils, the average around 92. With a few additional pupils who will be dropping out, the average for next year will probable be some what over 100, with the beginning enrollment in the fall of 112.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 27, 1959

Freight service on the Jamestown and Newport ferry, which has been part and parcel, so to speak, of the line for 300 years will be abandoned on April 13. After that date, shippers will have to use the postal service or private carriers.

The Jamestown Town Council last night adopted a new police salary policy giving permanent patrolmen an increase of five cents an hour yet effecting an overall cut of $1,000.

From the Newport Daily News, March 31, 1959

The recent order eliminating freight service on the Jamestown ferry is being postponed pending a study of its legality.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1984

An all-volunteer group has compiled the new street numbers for houses and business establishments. … The action is a result of an ordinance adopted last summer by the town as a matter of public safety. With the continued building boom, it is difficult for police and emergency vehicles to locate new homes which do not have numbers.

From the Newport Daily News, March 29, 1984

Several island residents Wednesday night favored pumping runoff from a proposed road connecting the two bridges rather than a gravity feed design.

From the Newport Daily News, March 30, 1984

(photo caption) Stormy seas batter at unprotected Conanicut Marina in Jamestown Thursday afternoon. Coast Guard reported waves were whipped up by wind gusts approaching 45 knots.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 24, 1994

Islanders on municipal water system will be drinking water from a North Kingstown well for the next two weeks. The plastic pipeline built by the National Guard under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally became operational Tuesday at about 9 a.m.

A crackdown carrying fines up to $50 a day on homeowners whose sump pumps or roof drains are illegally tied into the town sanitary-sewer line is under consideration by town officials.

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

An engineering report on the decking of the Newport Bridge shows that while there are a few spots that will need attention in the future, the overall structure is in very good shape.

On March 22, their final day of duty as an elite group known as "stakeholders," more than 50 Rhode Islanders, who at earlier meetings decided that there would be no consensus on what type of port to recommend to Gov. Lincoln Almond's office, set out to adopt a set of "principals" - items of general agreement that they hope the governor will consider in making his final decision.

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