2010-05-06 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 6
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, May 5, 1910

The contract for ferry service for Ft. Greble is to be awarded to the Saunders line in the west bay, at $20 per day. The bids as per specifications were $24 by the Saunders line, and $27.90 by the ferry company. The award of $20 per day was a provisional offer of the Saunders line, if allowed to fix a different schedule.

A gasoline pump and tank with enough pipe to reach from the West shore to the quarry, has arrived for Mr. Alton Head. Owing to the scarcity of water near the quarry, Mr. Head is planning to secure a supply for the crusher and hoisting engines from the springs on his property, but at a considerable distance from the quarry.

A load of handsome pine trees to be set out at Ft. Greble was shipped across the island Wednesday.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1935

Mr. and Mrs. John Scheepers of New York and Jamestown have gone to Europe for two months, where Mr. Scheepers will represent America at the International flower show.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1960

The 1960 General Assembly reached conditional adjournment at 9:35 this morning after an all-night session that saw passage of the Narragansett Bay Bridge bill, the proposed $400,000 bond issue for a state pier at Newport, and several other measures important to the area.

From the Newport Daily News, May 9, 1960

The cleanup week program, which opened today in Jamestown, will continue through the rest of the week.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 6, 1985

A new snag has appeared in the long-running saga of the Bay View Hotel conversion plans, one that apparently will delay final consideration of the project at tonight’s public hearing. (The council president said that the) developers’ request for a change in zoning for the project may require two actions – a council vote to create a special condominium zone and another vote, probably by the Zoning Board of Review, on the specific application of this project to the newly created zone.

From the Newport Daily News, May 8, 1985

Developers of the controversial Bay View condominium proposal are trying to work out a compromise that would save the embattled project, their attorney said today. Town councilmen told developers Monday night that unless the 45-unit condo design was lowered in scope, it would not get council support.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 4, 1995

Plans to upgrade Southwest Avenue and North Main Road, both state-owned roads, have been put on the backburner for at least five years, and perhaps longer.

Jamestown officials recently applied for a federally funded Community Development Block Grant totaling $250,000, the maximum amount the town can ask for. Heading the wish list is a request for $86,105 to install an elevator in the new senior center at the Grange Hall on West Street.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 4, 2000

Reports are coming in this week from residents in every corner of the island who have spotted or heard coyotes in recent days. ... Lois Uprock, a wildlife biologist with DEM, said that the coyote population is increasing both in numbers and in their range across the United States, so it is not unusual that Jamestown would see an increase as well.

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