2009-04-02 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 2
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, April 1, 1909

Mr. Ralph Barker of Newport was in town today overseeing the planting of a large load of trees and shrubbery on his lot on the corner of Bryer and Conanicus avenues.

From the Newport Daily News, April 3, 1909

Large quantities of seed potatoes are being received by the local farmers and by present indications a large acreage will be planted.

The Beaver Tail made a special trip between two of her regular trips this morning to take to Newport several loads of loose hay. The steamboat inspection laws do not allow passenger boats to carry this inflammable material. To carry it a permit must be secured and a special trip made and even then no passengers can be allowed on board.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 2, 1934

Easter Sunday was observed in all the churches with large congregations attending the morning and evening services.

Albert Brown of Clinton avenue and James West of Cole street, who have been engaged in C. C. C. Work at Mansfield, Vt., for several months have returned to their homes as had Francis Le Doux, who was at Plymouth C. C. C. camp.

From the Newport Daily News, April 3, 1934

The Easter Monday ball, sponsored by the Conanicut Grange, was held in the grange hall Monday evening, with Gage's orchestra of Newport furnishing music for the dance.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 1, 1959

The Jamestown Town Council, in a special meeting last night, was told by several sources of steps to keep freight service in operation on the Jamestown ferry.

From the Newport Daily News, April 4, 1959

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston yesterday granted opponents of Commerce Oil Refining Corp.'s proposed refinery at Jamestown an extension of time, to July 31, to file a brief in the refi nery's appeal. The Court's action makes it certain that the appeal cannot be heard before its October session.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 3, 1984

Swelling support for a limited-access secondary highway between the island's two bridges has forced the committee studying the new connector road to resurrect plans for that option.

Isle residents may see a combined $25 increase on their water and sewer bills under a proposal suggested by (the town administrator).

A suit against the Town Council over the controversial landfill question was dismissed Wednesday in Newport County Superior Court.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 31, 1994

Narragansett Avenue will be planted with 33 new trees as part of a village improvement project. Money for the project will come from a Department of Environmental Management project.

Proposals to upgrade island roads typically draw vocal resistance, so state transportation offi cials may have been surprised Monday when no one opposed the plans to improve the roadway to Beavertail

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 1, 1999

According to an engineering firm, Jamestown has two ways to solve its municipal water problems: it can either get a permanent pipeline to North Kingstown or upgrade its water treatment system so it can treat more South Pond water.

When island residents receive their new property tax bills this weekend, they will seem lower than last year because motor vehicle taxes will no longer appear with real estate on the town bills— the result of tax reform legislation signed by Gov. Almond.

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