2010-04-01 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 1
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, April 2, 1910

(headline) Several hundred acres of brush land swept by fire, which was started by small boys. The combination of fine weather and no school caused a brush and grass fire Tuesday afternoon and evening, which illuminated the sky and called the volunteer fire department of the town to the vicinity of Eldred Lane, nearly two miles north of the town. Small boys started the fire on the dumping grounds on the Eldred farm.

The thermometer Wednesday registered over 70 in the shade and even the oldest residents admit it was a record breaker for March 29.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 2, 1935

There was a large attendance at the open meeting held at Republican headquarters Friday evening. Chowder was served, and cigars and cigarettes.

From the Newport Daily News, April 4, 1935

Democrats made a clean sweep in the annual Jame- stown election Wednesday, winning all contested offices by margins more decisive than a year ago. …In the majority of instances, the Democrats won by a two-to-one margin. Of the 786 ballots cast, 347 were straight Democratic.

From the Newport Daily News, April 5, 1935

(At the Board of Trade meeting) Mr. Lyons spoke on the advisability of advertising Jamestown as a summer resort, and through the Board of Trade should use every effort in advertising it; he also said circulars were sent to almost every state, calling attention to Jamestown as an ideal summer resort.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 5, 1960

The $6,000 annual payment given E.R. Davenport & Co. by the Jamestown Water Co. under a management contract came in for much searching yesterday in a water rates hearing before the state Public Utilities Commission. The hearing was in the Jamestown Water Company’s petition for a 42% water rate increase.

From the Newport Daily News, April 7, 1960

Another step in the long litigation that has marked Commerce Oil Refining Co.’s attempts to build a $55,000,000 refinery in Jamestown took place yesterday when an appeal was entered in state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision permitting the construction of a berthing pier 600 feet off Jamestown’s easterly shore.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 1, 1985

After months of debate by town officials, the public will get its chance tonight to discuss a proposal to raze the Bay View Hotel and erect 45 luxury condominiums. The public hearing, weighing a requested zoning change by developers, will be held in the Jamestown School utility room at 8 p.m.

From the Newport Daily News, April 4, 1985

The proposed construction of a new condominium to replace the 94-room Bay View Hotel met with another delay Tuesday night as the Jamestown Planning Commission called for a joint meeting with the Town Council.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 6, 1995

The state Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments tomorrow morning on whether a slate of six (all incumbent) Democratic candidates can appear on the ballot for the May 3 election. [They had filed late.]

A $1.4 million “model” landscaping project to beautify the cross-island expressway construction corridor has been delayed for one year, until the spring of 1996.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 6, 2000

A wetlands biologist from the state Department of Environmental Management sat in on last week’s Water Study Commission meeting to help clarify the conditions under which the DEM recently approved the start up of a new town well. The well, referred to as “JR-#,” was conditionally approved providing that testing data for the area around the well site is sent to the DEM annually for a five-year period and that the town does not drill any additional wells for a twoyear period.

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