2010-01-14 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 14
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 Journal, Jan. 15, 1910

Alfred Richardson, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Richardson, had a narrow escape from drowning Sunday while skating off the north reservoir. Ice to fill the large ice house has been cut at different intervals for nearly two weeks, the work being interrupted by thaws and storms. This has left the pond with several different thicknesses of ice on it and some had not frozen thick enough to hold the boy and he broke through. ...(friends) were not able to get near him on account of the thinness of the ice, but one hurried to the ice house and secured a long-handled ice pick, with the aid of which Richardson was pulled out.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 11, 1935

Clarke and Hull of the (school) Athletic committee had made their report on renting the Holy Ghost Society’s hall. The contract for the rental was signed by Guimarey and the school committee. The latter has contracted to use the hall three days each week for 11 weeks at a price which will little more than guarantee expenses to the Society.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 17, 1935

Many are taking advantage of the fine skating at Freebody and Clarke’s ponds, also the coasting on Friendship Street and Stony Lane, on Beavertail Road.

It was voted that a letter signed by the members of the council be sent to Senator Peter H. Gerry, in relation to the bridge between Saunderstown and Jamestown in which he be asked to use every effort to promote the project.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 11, 1960

The proposed $35,000,000 bridge from Newport to Jamestown was explained to Newport and Jamestown members of the General Assembly today.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 13, 1960

Jamestown, because of its financial condition, and due to increased costs and future needs, has gone as far as it can in increasing rates in its school salary schedule, a member told the School Committee last night.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 15, 1960

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night voted strong opposition to associating that bridge with the proposed Newport-Jamestown bridge for the purpose of helping to finance the latter.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 11, 1985

Construction of single-family houses continued to grow during 1984. Building permits were issued for 56 single-family houses during the year, an increase of 20 over 1983. The value of the houses was estimated at $3,009,901.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 12, 1985

The island has 2,465 telephone customers who make an average of 2,500 calls a day, the Jamestown Rotary was told recently.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 15, 1985

Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton Jr. Monday proposed a $1.8 million budget reflecting a 4.9 percent increase over the present budget. The package does not include the School Department budget.

A proposal to tear down the 90-year-old Bay View Hotel and replace it with an $8-million, 56-unit condominium was greeted coolly by the Town Council Monday night.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 17, 1985

The School Committee and Jamestown Teacher’s Association signed a new two-year contract Wednesday calling for overall raises of 3.63 and 5.64 percent.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 12, 1995

Recommendations on how to control the spread of Lyme disease on the island will be made to the Town Council in early April by a panel of three biologists.

Plans for a bike path that would allow kids on the island’s North End to reach the new ball field at the corner of Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road without having to travel heavily trafficked streets got Town Council approval Monday

The 11th annual Conanicut Island Christmas Bird Count was a success. Sixty-two species were sighted Dec. 31, slightly higher than the average of the previous counts.

10 years ago From The Jamestown Press, Jan. 13, 2000

(Photo caption) Installation has been completed on the new street lights at the Veterans Memorial Square.

The Town Council got a first look at the state’s completed design for its imminent transformation of the World War I buildings and seven-acre scenic parcel at Ft. Wetherill into an aquatic research center and state park.

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