2009-05-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 21
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 21, 1909

Captain Chandler has commenced the work of launching the large fleet of small boats stored at his boar house for the winter.

From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1909

(At the town council meeting) the license for fruit peddlers was fixed at $15. … Bids for watering the streets were received and Alton Head was granted the contract at $5 per day and to furnish the water sprinkler. A sum of $15 was voted for use of the chief of police for supplies. … Bids were received for lighting the lights at Conanicut Park. Wilton R. Arnold was granted the contract at $10 per month.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 22, 1934

It is noticed through an attractive blue and gold sign, with silhouettes of sports activities, the Jamestown Board of Trade has opened up for the summer season its Bureau of Information in the Jamestown Coal Company office on the ferry wharf. Last year it is reported that this office answered more than 4,000 inquiries.

There will be a meeting of the Parent-Teachers' Association at the Thomas H. Clarke school this evening. The Home Economics classes will give an exhibition of the work done during the past year by the dress making classes, and there will also be an exhibit by the Manual Training classes.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1959

The first Jamestown Town Council elected for a two years term will hold its initial meeting tonight in Town Hall. Inauguration ceremonies for elected officials, all Democrats, were held in Memorial Hall, with an attendance of 100. … During the inauguration ceremonies yesterday in the flag draped hall, with a background of greens, Judge Florence K. Murray of the Supreme Court administered the oath of office.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 24, 1984

(photo caption) The 185-foot, 700-ton ferryboat The Narrows sits at Jamestown awaiting outcome of an ownership battle.

The Zoning Board of Review has asked owners of the Bay Voyage Inn to advise them on when the $2 million renovation project for the building will begin. … The Zoning Board of Review granted (Frederick H.) Coleman and three other partners … three variances on Feb. 1. Two of the variances were with stipulations to renovate and restore the Victorian Inn for time-sharing units.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 19, 1994

The state's request to use controlled blasting in the cross-island highway construction corridor will be the topic of a public work session held by town officials this Monday.

Legislation that would require the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to make payment in lieu of taxes to Jamestown got overwhelming approval from the state Senate last week.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 20, 1999

Soon after they were sworn into office, Town Council members, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, learned that North Pond reservoir was down seven inches, and that three inches of that drop had occurred in the past week.

Jamestown business owners generally agree that last week's filming of scenes for "Me, Myself, and Irene" was fun to watch, but they are glad the movie-makers are gone.

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