2010-04-08 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 8
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 9, 1910

Only 44 of the 230 qualified voters of the town visited the polls Wednesday to vote for the town officers, there being no opposition.

A successful dance was given in the Gardner House hall, for the benefit of St. Mark’s Church. Steamer Conanicut was chartered for the occasion, more than 100 young people coming from Newport.

A force of men are at work enlarging the office of the Ferry company to make room for the ticket office of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and the New England Navigation Company.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 8, 1935

Decision to build a new town hall in Jamestown was reached Saturday afternoon during the annual financial town meeting. The new building is estimated to cost about $60,000, and is to include a main structure and two wings, in which the municipal departments would be housed. To secure the necessary funds, the voters de- cided to use the refunds from horse racing, Alcoholic and Electric Corporation taxes, and to match these annually with an equal amount from the town treasury. This year, the state refunds totaled $2,170.01.

The proposition of the town buying the Moll garage for $5,500 for use as a storehouse and highway department garage was withdrawn by Mr. Moll.

From the Newport Daily News, April 10, 1935

The Rev. Charles B. Burrows has resigned his pastorate as rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, to take effect May 1, after having been in charge of St. Matthew’s for 35 years, and has reached the retiring age.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 12, 1960

A record budget of $193,936 for schools, showing a $13,000 increase over last year, was returned to the School Committee for its action by the Jamestown Town Council last night.

From the Newport Daily News, April 14, 1960

The Jamestown School Committee last night voted to notify the Town Council that it could not reduce the school budget of $193,936 by $5,000 and still meet the needs of the state law.

From the Newport Daily News, April 16, 1960

Two Jamestown teenagers this morning spotted a stray torpedo in the bay a short distance north of the East Ferry landing.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 9, 1985

The Town Council Monday night ordered the solicitor and the town administrator to meet with state officials to alter the state building code, giving the town input into the septic system variance requests.

The proposed Bay View condominium project was delayed again Monday because an abutting property owner was not notified of the public hearing on the plan.

From the Newport Daily News, April 11, 1985

The state has agreed to notify town officials before future variances are granted for individual septic disposal systems in Jamestown.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 13, 1995

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has agreed to pay Jamestown $5,000 this year as a user’s fee for 34 acres of land it owns at the Newport Bridge toll plaza. The authority has also agreed to make subsequent payments that increase by $2,000 annually for the next ten years. …At the end of that 10-year period, Jamestown could expect a minimum payment of $25,000 a year and would be free to negotiate with the authority for more money.

Just hours after the state Supreme Court ordered the upcoming election of Jamestown officials postponed until June 7, the Town Council unanimously passed a resolution requesting a new type of electronic voting machines to be used at the polls.

With the water level at North Pond reservoir down 30 inches instead of overflowing as it should be in the spring, the town may have to buy water from North Kingstown.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 13, 2000

The Town Council Monday heard a proposal that, if approved, would put telecommunications equipment on an existing radio tower in Beavertail State Park. …In Omnipoint’s plans, three sides of the tower would be fitted with three antennas, each 74 inches high. …The units were five feet wide and seven feet long.

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