2010-02-18 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 18
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. 19, 1910

The men interested in the Ladies’ Benefi- cial Society gave a clam supper Tuesday in the Gardner House hall, for the benefit of that society. In spite of the bad condition of the roads and sidewalks, there was an unusually large attendance and a satisfactory sum was raised. The supper, which was prepared by the men, was pronounced excellent.

The construction work on the new pumping and filter station is nearing completion. As the pumps will be driven by oil-burning engines, a separate heating apparatus has been installed, Mr. R.B. Wilson of Newport having done the work by contract.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 23, 1935

At the second meeting of the Home Hygiene class, held in the Carr School, with the Public Health nurse (demonstrations were given in bathing an infant, preparing a formula and making a bed). Quite a large class is taking advantage of the instructions on caring for the sick in the home, which is given free at these meetings.

The Community Fund ball held at the Holy Ghost hall was well attended. Previous to the dancing, whist (10 tables) and bridge (5 tables) were enjoyed. …Schumacker’s orchestra from Newport played for dancing.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 24, 1960

The House yesterday created a special commission to make an immediate investigation into why it is taking so long to repair the ferryboat Jamestown in Boston. The vessel has been undergoing repairs there since last November.

The Jamestown Town Council last night vigorously opposed the collection by the state of the local property tax on motor vehicles and the state’s retention of 40 percent of that total. The council also went on record as opposing the collection by the state of 60 percent of the intangible property tax.

Owners of the property on Grinnell Street, where the new Forbes-McCafferty Funeral Home will be located, asked that the council consider the construction of sidewalks and curbing in front of the building.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 20, 1985

The Zoning Board of Review has received an application to convert the Jamestown Inn, once known as Point View in the Conanicut Park area, into condominiums. (A variance and special exceptions are being sought to convert the inn at 1076 East Shore Rd. into eight condominiums and to build an addition.)

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 16, 1995

Members of the Jamestown Teachers Association voted Tuesday to support colleagues in two other area school districts in which teachers are withholding their union dues to the National Education Association of Rhode Island

If the fire department wants to buy a “like new” fire engine for $157,000, it has the Town Council’s support, but it will have to raise whatever money it can on its own before asking the council for town funds.

An ordinance governing historical and archeological burial sites and an amendment to an ordinance pertaining to extensions of the municipal water and sewer lines were approved by the Town Council Monday after public hearings.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 17, 2000

“It’s a code brown,” the announcement said Monday, early in the Jamestown School day. … For the next five hours, Jamestown policemen, one state trooper, Supt. Frances Gallo and two drug-sniffing dogs worked their way up and down each (Lawn) school area in which there were lockers, looking for drugs. (No drugs were found.)

Town officials have made the $12.66 million combined town government and school budget for fiscal 2000-2001 available to voters. …If the Town Council recommended spending package is approved by voters, the property tax rate will increase by 80 cents, from the current $15.65 to $16.45 for each $1,000 of assessed property, a 5.25 percent jump.

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