2010-04-22 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 22
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 23, 1910

A special meeting of the town council was held Wednesday afternoon to organize for the new year. The members, all of whom were members of the old council, were sworn in. …Thomas H. Lathan was retained as custodian and driver of the town’s team (of horses) at a salary of $60 a month.

Mr. Samuel Smith is having a plate glass placed in his block on Narragansett Avenue.

The contents of the store formerly occupied by Mr. W.S. Bailey as a market were sold Thursday at auction.

The old Mann cottage at the Dumplings (purchased by Isaac Clothier) has been torn down, but there is a delay in starting the new structure on account of the non-arrival of the lumber, which is coming from the eastward.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 23, 1935

(At the town council meeting) voted that May 13-18 inclusive, be set aside and designated as “Clean-Up Week.”

Conanicut Grange Hall was filled to capacity Friday evening when the Jamestown Post American Legion Bugle and Drum Corps gave a minstrel show under the direction of George W. Bowen.

From the Newport Daily News, April 30, 1935

By a vote of the School Committee, the Carr school playgrounds will be open only during school hours after Wednesday.

Beginning Monday night, the State patrol will be on duty here, until further notice, with headquarters at the Narragansett Avenue fire station.

Norman Caswell is driving the school bus for the present. Mr. Zweir, the former driver, having taken a position at the Torpedo station.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 27, 1960

The Senate yesterday unanimously passed and sent to the House the bill designed to assure construction of the Newport Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, April 28, 1960

Two witnesses were heard yesterday …on the petition of Jamestown Water Co. for an increase in rates. The hearing was continued until Friday.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 23, 1985

Calling the state Department of Transportation “insensitive to our needs,” the Town Council Monday asked Gov. DiPrete to recall the contract for Jamestown Bridge deck repairs so work conditions can be “rethought.”

From the Newport Daily News, April 30, 1985

The Planning Commission Monday night asked the Town Council to reject a zone change that would allow replacement of the Bay View Hotel with 45 luxury condominiums.

The Conservation Commission Monday recommended a series of steps to manage town-owned land more wisely. The land management plan drawn up in cooperation with the state Division of Forestry and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, includes recommendations on the watershed area, wildlife, forestry, agriculture, passive recreation and general aesthetics.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 27, 1995

Six town officials seeking re-election as Democratic candidates are back on the ballot for the local election now scheduled to be held June 7 (after missing a filing deadline).

About 100 islanders responded to the Earth Day environ- mental call Saturday and collected 5.5 tons of trash from Jamestown beaches.

Restrictions on outside water use will go into effect next Monday, May 1. With the water level at North Pond reservoir down two feet, residents who are tied into the municipal water supply will be required to limit outdoor water use to every other day.

Municipal water customers will see a 17 percent hike in the minimum water rate and a 20 percent increase in the sewer rate when they get their next water bill.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 27, 2000

When the sails were taken off the Jamestown windmill last July, the Historical Society announced that the famous landmark was in need of major preservation.

Residents will have a chance to air their opinions on a proposed amendment to the town’s Zoning Ordinance that would require the number and type of businesses that could operate out of a marina located in the commercial district.

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