2010-05-20 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 20
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 21, 1910

Work on Narragansett Avenue is progressing slowly. The sharp rise at the west ferry is being cut down, and the earth filled in at the wharf, to remove the sharp grade just at the turn.

A shipment of 60,000 red cedar shingles has arrived at Newport for Mr. T.D. Wright, for the Clothier cottage.

Mr. James Querifel sailed from New York to accept the position of locomotive engineer on the Panama. For several years, Mr. Querifel has been employed by the engineer office in the constructing work at Fts. Wetherill and Getty. Mr. Querifel’s family will reside in Jamestown until his return.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 18, 1935

The special business meeting of the (American) Legion was the consideration of the report of the building committee. …It was decided that the Dannin property on Clinton Avenue be purchased for a Post home.

From the Newport Daily News, May 18, 1935

The first meeting of the newly formed Brownie Pack was held in the kindergarten room of the Carr School.

From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1935

A cast of 135 people will present a comedy, “Crazy Politics,” at the Palace Theatre, Thursday and Friday evenings, May 23 and 24, under the auspices of the American Legion Auxiliary. From the Newport Daily News, May 22, 1935

(At the town council meeting) it was voted that Charles A. Westall be granted permission to sell fireworks from 12 o’clock noon, Tuesday, July 2, 1935 to 12 o’clock midnight, Thursday, July 4, subject, however, to the following conditions — that no blank cartridges, no explosives, firecrackers over three inches in length or firecrackers containing dynamite are to be sold.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 17, 1960

The Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority will be called soon to consider its next step now that Governor Del Sesto has permitted the Newport Bay Bridge bill to become law without his signature. The measure calls for a referendum in the November election …The authority is also given power immediately to take over operation of the Mt. Hope Bridge. It already has the power to take over the Jamestown Bridge. From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1960

A $2,600 continued federal study of navigational factors in the harbor at Dutch Island, off Jamestown’s west shore, has been revived by the efforts of Rep. John E. Fogarty (D-R.I.)

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, May 20, 1985

Commuters who faced daily delays crossing the Jamestown Bridge over the past month got welcome relief this morning, after work crews finished the deck repair project Saturday. …After a week of up to two-hour delays, state officials got the contractor to work two extra hours a day to finish work ahead of schedule. From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1985

A study of the town’s water system has recommended “extensive renovations and improvements” to upgrade the quality of the drinking water.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 18, 1995

A proposed plan to build 24 units of affordable housing for senior citizens on a Pemberton Avenue lot owned by the Portuguese American Citizens Club is one step closer to becoming a reality. (Permission was granted to tie into municipal water and sewer lines.)

The proposed $2 million East Ferry renovation project, which features a village green big enough to accommodate 1,200 people, will be the subject of a public work session Wednesday, May 24, at the Community Center.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, May 18, 2000

Who has rights to the shore in the West Reach neighborhood? At the May 10 meeting of the Harbor Management Commission, several residents of West Reach Estates appealed a March 21 letter sent from the Harbormaster’s office that they would not be permitted to have moorings or riparian waters in the West Passage of the Narragansett Bay.

Whether or not to institute a five-day ban on all outdoor water uses over the Fourth of July weekend will be considered by the Town Council at its first meeting in June. (The year before on that weekend, 400,000 gallons of water were used daily, which is close to the treatment center’s peak production. Anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 people might come to Jamestown to view the Tall Ships.)

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