2010-02-11 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 11
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, Feb. 12, 1910

The Parish Aid Society held its last whist before Lent Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Ferdinand Armbrust, on Anthony Avenue.

Monday thermometers at various points on the island registered from 2 to 4 degrees.

The Boys Club gave a complimentary dance Friday evening at the Gardner house, an orchestra from Ft. Adams furnishing the music.

Miss Louise Carr has completed her course of studies in Providence and has been engaged to teach the primary grade here. She will assume her duties this term.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 8, 1935

Mayor Mortimer A. Sullivan, who returned this morning from Washington, with Manager Charles H. Brooks of the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company, said the delegation which appeared before the Board of Appeals of the PWA on the proposed Jamestown bridge project was courteously received.

Six helmets made…from wool provided by the Red Cross were presented to the fire department.

The School Committee…voted that a plan be proposed for a $75,000 addition to the Thomas H. Clarke School in order to consolidate the schools of the town and to provide for an auditorium-gymnasium. [This would have been a PWA-funded project.]

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 9, 1935

The 50-pound striped bass caught by Leon Murphy of Howland Avenue, while fishing at Beavertail last summer, proved to be the largest bass caught in the United States.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 9, 1960

The Jamestown Town Council last night made known that it wants to nullify that provision of state law giving the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority power to take over the Jamestown Bridge and incorporate its tolls towards fi- nancing the proposed Newport-Jamestown Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 17, 1960

The economic necessity of replacing the Jamestown ferry with a bridge over the East Passage was outlined by Francis G. Dwyer, chairman of the Rhode Island Turn- pike and Bridge Authority to the Portsmouth Town Council last night. Dwyer said the current ferry deficit of more than $300,000 will increase over a period of years.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 12, 1985

A reduced-scale plan for the Bay View Hotel site drew a “receptive” reaction from the Town Council Monday night. Developers, who had originally proposed building 56 luxury condominiums to replace the 90-year-old landmark, presented a new 45- unit plan Monday. It was the second time the number of units had been reduced. The council had also scrapped a 50-unit plan offered in January, because of the size.

A $4.4 million budget recommended by the Town Council Monday requires a 20 percent increase in the tax levy. …Local taxes totaling $3.53 million would have to be generated to support the proposed budget. (The tax rate could rise by $2.)

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 9, 1995

Jamestown will receive $75,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to hire an additional police officer.

A new mooring buoy, which will keep a vessel’s mooring line coiled up neatly out of the water when not in use, will be introduced by Rhode Island Mooring Services Inc. of Jamestown

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 10, 2000

The Water Study Committee recommended to the Town Council last week that it pursue the condemnation of two pieces of property for the purpose of drilling municipal wells. The two areas where the wells would be sited are both along North Main Road, south of the Route 138 overpass.

Today, the Conanicut Island Land Trust released its end-ofthe year statement of new property acquisitions, bringing the total island acreage it is responsible for protecting to nearly 260.

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