2010-01-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 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 Journal, Jan. 22, 1910

Tuesday’s rain put a stop to ice cutting. Littlefield housed about 400 tons and Clarke about 500 at the reservoir Monday. One day more of cutting would give the island a full supply.

A very elaborate gold benediction cape and veil were presented to St. Mark’s Church last week by one of the summer residents. They were used for the first time last Sunday afternoon, at the benediction service.

The work of breaking out the roads was continued Sunday and Monday, and they are all passable. Sleighing was spoiled by the wind, which swept away some places on the roads clean of snow, this occurring mostly on those running north and south.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 22, 1935

The committee for the President’s birthday celebration for the benefit of local and national funds for infantile paralysis cases has announced the following plans: A dance, whist and bridge will be given at the Holy Ghost hall Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 24, 1935

(At the School Committee meeting) the superintendent was authorized to purchase a Singer sewing machine for the sewing classes. The chairman and superintendent were chosen as a committee to look into the matter of high school tuition rates. The question of arithmetic failures was discussed, and the opinion expressed that too many children are allowed to prog- ress from one grade to the next, without the mastery of arithmetic essentials.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 26, 1960

A public hearing to give Jamestown people all possible information on the proposed Jamestown-Newport bridge will be held Monday at 8 p.m. in Jamestown Memorial Hall.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 21, 1985

Disregarding a Town Council-imposed 5 percent budget cap, the School Committee voted Saturday to ask for a 13.45 percent increase over this year’s budget. The total voted is $2.38 million.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 22, 1985

The plan was changed but the reception was the same for new owners of the Bay View hotel at Monday night’s Town Council meeting… The new owners of the bulking 94-room landmark came to the Council with a scaled-down plan for the hotel… The owners told the Council Monday that by eliminating the extensive cost of underground parking, they could drop six condo units.

The Town Council is upset that proposed deck repairs to the Jamestown Bridge will not proceed around the clock.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 19, 1995

The Town Council last week added some $16,000 to a $205,600 capital improvements budget Town Administrator Frances Shocket originally recommended for the 1995-96 fiscal year.

The Town Council voted Tuesday to spend $28,000 to clean and purge the new well at North Pond reservoir.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 20, 2000

A broken pipe at the Melrose Avenue School over the weekend has left one classroom in shambles and three others in unusable condition.

Town officials and members of the Water Study Committee brought their case for a reverse osmosis water treatment facility to the area’s top federal and state regulatory agencies for their preliminary opinions on how Jamestown can proceed with what would be an unprecedented permit in the Northeast.

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