2010-01-28 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 28
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. 29, 1910

The masonry work on the new pumping station is nearly completed.

The water main on Green Lane burst Wednesday and beyond a little washing of the street, no damage was done.

Mr. G.E. Russell’s automobile was on the island Tuesday, having made the trip from Springfield in good time, in spite of the condition of the roads.

Conanicut Grange held the annual turkey supper for members Wednesday evening in the town hall. Long tables were arranged in the hall and almost the entire Grange were present. After supper, the remainder of the evening was spent at whist.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 28, 1935

A large force of men have been employed by the State Board of Roads for the past few days clearing snow from the highways.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 29, 1935

A member of the State Planning Board will be at the town hall in Jamestown Thursday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m., when he will explain the necessary steps in order for the town to obtain its allotment of the money available for various projects for the benefit of the unemployed.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 31, 1935

The social event of the winter took place Wednesday evening at the Holy Ghost hall, when the Roosevelt Birthday ball was held, more than 300 of the townspeople attending. The hall was attractively decorated with flags and bunting, and a picture of President Roosevelt occupied a prominent place (There were 20 tables of whist and bridge, a birthday cake and dancing). It was after midnight when the last waltz was played.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 27, 1960

An outline of proposed Newport-Jamestown Bridge costs and how they would be financed is contained in an engineers’ report made public last night by Francis G. Dwyer, chairman of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. The bridge cost, as set by Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall & MacDonald of New York, engineers, is $34,500,000. The engineers termed the bridge “physically feasible.”

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 29, 1985

Public Works Department employees have nearly completed the first stage of the new garbage transfer station. Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton Jr. told Town Council members Monday night that concrete for the office was poured three weeks ago. A prefabricated office building was constructed by PWD employees at the Sewage Treatment Plant and erected on the site Monday. The office will provide work space for the station operator.

Conanicut Island Land Trust Corp. has launched a membership drive. The land trust was formed to explore alternatives for creative growth in an effort to maintain the beauty of the island.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 26, 1995

A “master plan” outlining how the town can make improvements at Ft. Getty park while continuing to make money from fees collected from vacationers who use the town-operated campground was adopted by the Town Council this week

Stearns Farms Inc. this month is quietly observing its 35th year of doing business in Jamestown.

The School Committee last week approved a 1995- 96 budget that would require a 4.2 percent increase in island property taxes. The proposed operating budget and debt services total is $5,183,210.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 27, 2000

The U.S. Postal Service is negotiating with the landlord of the Jamestown Post Office to expand its facility, double its size and offer more services to island postal customers.

The Town Council Monday voted to meet in a special Jan. 31 session to finish its budget discussions and approve a spending plan for fiscal 2000-2001, which begins March 1. Both the Town Council and Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford have made some adjustments to the $4,654,223 general government spending package.

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