2010-04-29 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 29
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 30, 1910

(At the town council meeting) a petition was received relative to the granting of licenses to automobiles, for the carrying of passengers and was laid on the table.

A letter received from the State Board of Agriculture regarding the elm beetle was received and the town clerk was instructed to answer same.

The Boston Post cane was presented to Mr. John Hold, as the oldest citizen of the island.

The lobster fishermen are making only small catches, the school lobsters not having as yet struck in. There seem to be fewer traps along the shore than in former years, probably owing to the new license law.

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

(At the school committee meeting) plans were discussed for repairs to be made to the Carr school during the summer months and committees were organized to draw up specifications for the work to be done, in order that bids can be secured at an early date.

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.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1960

The outline of a plan for surveying the need of educational improvement in the Jamestown School was approved last night by the School Committee on a split vote. …according to the outline, emphasis in the survey would be placed on “hard core” subjects like science, mathematics and literature.

From the Newport Daily News, May 5, 1960

The Army Corps of Engineers in Boston said today that the Navy has given tentative approval on the designed function of a working model of the lower Narragansett Bay hurricane barrier.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1985

With only Democrat Ken Abrahamson able to stem the tide, Republicans reclaimed their overwhelming majority in elected positions in Wednesday’s town election. Another indication of voter satisfaction was the low turnout. Only 1,351 of the 2,936 eligible voters cast ballots.

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