2010-03-04 / 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, March 7, 1910

It is understood that this town will have two miles of state road, and the mile across the island will be built. The new road will be a continuation of that now macadamized on the Shore road, and will complete it to Conanicut Park wharf. This was to have been built last year, but by some miscarriage, or lack of funds, no state road was built in this town.

The annual rentals of the oyster grounds along Narragansett Bay, which are leased to private concerns, are beginning to come in at the office of the commissioners of shell fisheries. …The rentals are collected on the first day of March each year. (The Narragansett Bay Oyster Company paid $20,912, one of the largest amounts paid.)

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 6, 1935

(At) the regular meeting of the Home Demonstration Extension club …the work of the afternoon comprised cutting and making buttonholes.

From the Newport Daily News, March 7, 1935

(At the Grange meeting) there was a lively discussion on “Who is the better driver of an automobile – a man or a woman?” There were men, and varied opinions.

At the parsonage on Grinnell Street Tuesday evening, a Central Baptist Church Men’s Club was formed and officers were elected.

From the Newport Daily News, March 8, 1935

All the pupils in the two upper grades in Rogers High School are to have chest X-rays, a health measure.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 3, 1960

A bill prohibiting the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority from taking over the Jamestown Bridge was introduced yesterday by Sen. John J. Lyons Jr. (D-Jamestown) by request. The Turnpike Authority is now empowered to take over that bridge and the Newport-Jamestown ferry system in connection with its objective of constructing a bridge over Narragansett Bay from Jamestown to Newport across state highway, as well as approach roads.

From the Newport Daily News, March 8, 1960

The special House commission investigating the deficit operations of the Newport-Jamestown ferry system and the delay in repair to ferryboat Jamestown met briefly yesterday.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 5, 1985

With nary a dissenting voice, town voters gave their stamp of approval Monday night to a $4.4 million 1985-86 budget – a 12.8% increase over last year. Few disgruntled voices were heard among the 115 registered voters at the two-hour town financial meeting. Voters actually added $2,000 for the purchase of two additional portable police radios. The approved budget will result in a property tax rate of between $14.10 and $14.15 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The present tax rate is $12.35. …There was little debate about the $2.3 million school budget.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 2, 1995

Voters will be asked to approve a $9.5 million budget for fiscal 1995-96 at the annual financial town meeting next Monday, March 6. …Included in that spending package is a $5.2 million school budget and a $4.3 million general budget.

Jamestown Residents Privilege Stickers will be going on sale on March 1. (Full Privilege Stickers cost $40 and allow use of the transfer station and parking at Mackerel Cove and Ft. Getty. The Residents Recreation Sticker costs $5 and allows admission and parking at Mackerel Cove and Ft. Getty.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 2, 2000

Despite a negative response by the Jamestown Town Council, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously last week to install special occasion “necklace lights” on the bridge.

Town officials will present a $12.66 million combined school and general budget for fiscal 2000- 2001 to voters next Monday, March 6, at the annual financial town meeting. …Up 5.25% from last year, the combined $7,181,266 school budget and $5,483,672 spending plan for general government, if approved, would raise the tax rate by 80 cents, from $15.65 to $16.45. From the Jamestown Press, March 9, 2000

It took voters at Monday’s annual financial town meeting only 30 minutes to approve a $12.66 million combined town government and school budget.

Beavertail waterfront home sells for $2.5 million. (This was the largest sum ever paid for a Jamestown house.)

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