2009-05-07 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 7
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, May 5, 1909

The committee of the town council which had the matter in hand has had street signs placed at a number of the corners in the compact part of the town.

From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1909

After the regular monthly meeting of the fire department, Wednesday evening, a lobster supper was served to the members. The chief of the department acted as toastmaster and each member was called for a speech or a suggestion for the good of the department.

From the Newport Daily News, May 10, 1909

Servants have arrived at Mr. Ephron Catlin's cottage on Shoreby Hill to put it in readiness for the summer.

The Bay Shore, formerly the Bay View Annex, is receiving a new coat of paint.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1934

(At the town council meeting) it was voted that Allen P. Chase be appointed the committee on sand at Mackerel Cove beach; to notify the Newport Electric corporation to turn on summer lights, a new light be placed at the head of Grinnell street; that the specifications required for bids for the renting of Mackerel Cove beach and pavilion for 1934 bathing season be accepted and recorded.

From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1934

(At the Board of Trade meeting) Captain L. A. Kaiser, U.S.N., gave a report on the placing of floats on the Jamestown shore for the accommodation of the officers and men of the fleet during the coming season, and the importance to Jamestown of the visits of the members of the crews and visiting yachtsmen, … In regard to the Information Booth at the ferry, Captain Shackford said he made arrangements to extend the time from May 15 to September 15. The water proof posters were on hand for inspection.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1959

The Commerce Oil Corp. has invested more than $2,500,000 in the proposed Jamestown refinery. "It has no intention of foregoing that enormous sum," Harold M. Geller, Commerce executive vice president, has informed the Jamestown Town Council by letter.

From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1959

Jamestown Democrats scored a sweeping triumph yesterday in the town's first biennial election. Riding on their third successive victory on the oil refinery issue, the Democrats took every office by margins ranging from 73 to 359 votes in a total of 1,170 votes cast of an eligible 1,717.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1959

State Sen. Joseph A. Savage, D-Newport, offered a bill in the Senate yesterday reviving the R.I. Bridge and Turnpike Authority at least until May 3, 1961. The mea- sure provides for automatic dissolution if it does not issue any bonds by that date. The authority was established some years ago to take over operation of the Mount Hope and Jamestown Bridges, to build a bridge or tunnel between Jamestown and Newport and toll highways.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 5, 1984

Engineering consultants will submit three options for a limited access bridge connector road to the Jamestown Design Study Committee at their next meeting. … All three proposals provide a four-lane limited access road which would run parallel to and south of Eldred Avenue. Also included in such option is an overpass over North Road which would allow unimpeded flow of north-south traffic on the island.

From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1984

The third annual Achievement Day with the theme "100 Years on Narragansett Avenue," attracted large crowds Saturday. They visited the century-old Town Hall, with its displays of historical records and memorabilia.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1984

Town schools will get another $15,000 under a compromise state school aid formula approved in the eleventh hour of the General Assembly session.

15years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 5, 1994

Construction of the state Department of Transportation's cross-island expressway was stopped by a union Monday, but work resumed the following day.

(photo caption) Progress on the cross-island bridge connector road is visible from the air as seen in this recent photograph. Much of the road will be completed by last summer, officials say.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 6, 1999

Democrats won three of the five Town Council seats in Wednesday's town election.

The Town Council last week (acted) on water and sewer regulations that will require all municipal customers to convert to water-efficient washing machines, toilets, shower heads, and faucets within the decade.

When directors Peter and Robert Farrelley come to town Tuesday to film "Me, Myself, and Irene," starring Jim Carey and Renee Zellweger, Memorial Square is going to get a fountain and McQuade's is going to get shut down Thursday night and Friday morning as Carey, playing a Rhode Island state trooper, "goes shopping."

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