2009-10-08 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 8
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, Oct. 8. 1909

The Brown cottage is again on its way toward the Dumplings. The difficulty in regard to the telephone wire has been adjusted and the movers started to work again this morning, with the linesmen on hand to cut and repair the wire. (The Brown cottage was being moved from Friendship Street to Walcott Avenue.)

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 9, 1909

The work on the new pumping station and filtration plant is progressing. The lower part of the structure will be built of cement, with the upper part of brick.

Dr. Bates has made extensive improvements to Maplewood to enable him to keep the place open the year around. A company has recently been formed and enough bonds have been issued to cause work to begin on a large sun parlor, and an extension of the heating apparatus to other buildings.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 11, 1934

Thirty-six pupils of the fifth grade went on a trip to Providence Wednesday and on arrival at the State House were shown through the House of Representatives and the Senate, the State library and the State reception hall. All had lunch outdoors at Roger Williams Park, and were conducted through the museum, and to the various animal and bird sections of the park.

Nearly 500 new members of the Civilian Conservation Corps will have arrived at Fort Adams by this week-end, as replacements for the men now in the camps whose enlistments have expired and have not re-joined. They include the 35 who reported Wednes- day from Newport County. (Those from Jamestown were Alvin H. Peckham and Francis J. West.)

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 8, 1959

Traffic was up but receipts were down on the Newport Jamestown ferries in September, due to last June’s sharp reductions in tolls, Angelo A. Marcello, state public works director, reported yesterday. September receipts were $42,236.50, a drop of $7,224.77 figure of the same month last year. Automobile traffic was up from 26,593 cars in Sept. 1958 to 28,873, a gain of 2,280. The truck count rose from 1,186 to 1,433, an increase of 247. Passenger traffic totaled 90,242 as against 88,258, up 1,984

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 12, 1959

The Jamestown School Committee last night approved the purchase of audiovisual aids for five classrooms and the all-purpose room at the Jamestown School at a cost of $990.19.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 11, 1984

Action on a proposed harbor ordinance was put off for three months Wednesday night after more than 100 people objected to its adoption.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 6, 1994

Jamestown will receive a one-time payment of $40,000 from Governor Sundlun’s contingency fund as a compensation for 34 acres of land at the Newport Bridge toll plaza that is owned by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. Town officials have tried to get the authority to pay an annual service fee in lieu of taxes for the past two years.

The state has finally transferred title to eight acres of land for a municipal ball field near Eldred Avenue to the town. … A recent archaeological survey of the ball field site found it free of Indian remains or other significant historical artifacts.

Dr. Rick Jardon (a chiropractor) has opened an office in the Jamestown Professional Building at 87 North Main Road.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 7, 1999

If union employees have their way, volunteer parents who want to help out at recess or with other classroom activities will be banned from doing so, according to a letter sent to school Supt. Frances Gallo.

According to results released this week by the state Department of Education, writing assessment scores of Jamestown students were able to meet or exceed the writing standards, lower than the state average by six points.

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