2010-06-03 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of June 3
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, June 4, 1910

At a special meeting of the town council…it was voted to lease the stable at the Four Corners belonging to J.H. Tefft and others, for use of the town’s horses, at $36 per year.

W.E. Wright was the only bidder for the caring of the streetlights at Conanicut park and was awarded the contract

at $10 per month. For lighting the street lights in the town proper, R.E. Sherman was the only bidder and was awarded the contract at $40 per month from June 1 to Oct. 1, and $45 per month from Oct. 1 to May 31.

Councilman Arnold was appointed a committee to purchase oil and lights for Conanicut park. Councilman Barber was appointed a committee to expend $150 for the purchase of oil to be used on the streets

The West Bay service of the ferry company was inaugurated Sunday for the season.

The telephone men have completed the work of changing the telephones made necessary by the opening of the central office in the Gardner House.

Commencing Wednesday, the summer mail service went into effect. The postmaster will be a busy man for the next four months, as the new schedule calls for seven incoming and five outgoing mails daily.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 3, 1935

(At the Town Council meeting) it was voted that Arthur B. Mitchell be granted permission to sell fireworks from 12 o’clock noon, Tuesday, July 2, to midnight, Thursday, July 4, subject to certain conditions. From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1935

Andrew Jackson Williams of Columbia Avenue, Jamestown, has the distinction of being the only veteran of the Civil war now residing there. He was born June 15, 1842 and will be 93 years of age on his next birthday. He enlisted in the Tenth Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteers, of which Colonel Bliss was in command. …Mr. Williams has been a resident of Jamestown for the past 53 years, where he moved shortly after his marriage to Miss Waity Wright of Point Judith. Both are in good health. Mr. Williams was for many years an employee of the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company and worked for some years on Jamestown’s first steamboat, the old Jamestown.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 1, 1960

Francis R. Costa, Jamestown Town Council president, and Daniel J. Murray, town solicitor, received assurance in Washington yesterday that the town will be granted a hearing before any legislation is passed that would extend tolls on the Jamestown Bridge. … The General Assembly last month passed legislation authorizing fi- nancing of the proposed Newport Bay Bridge by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to include pooling of tolls from the Jamestown Bridge and Mt. Hope Bridge with the proposed bridge. From the Newport Daily News, June 2, 1960

The Jamestown Little League will open its season Sunday with a doubleheader at the Holy Ghost Society Field.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, June 4, 1985

The Town Council is seeking ways to gain more control over the granting of septic system variances. The council asked the town administrator and solicitor Monday night to develop a course of action — possibly a proposal to the state legislature — to give the town control. Town officials have repeatedly expressed their concern over septic variances, approved by the state without public notification.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 2, 1995

Residents criticized and scoffed the proposed $2.2 million East ferry renovation project during a public workshop last Monday at the Community Center. About 300 people …turned out for the session.

Jamestown’s sewage treatment plant at Taylor Point has received an excellent rating from the state Department of Environmental Management. Staffed by three full-time operators, the island’s treatment plant was one of 19 plants discharging into Narragansett Bay evaluated in DEM’s annual performance report for 1994.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, June 1, 2000

Although water has been overfl owing the spillway at North Pond reservoir for much of the spring, summer restrictions on outdoor water use go into effect today, meaning that boat washing, residential car washing and lawn watering are no longer allowed.

Alongside the deposit and withdrawal slips, customers of Bank of Newport are likely to find some unusual banking instruments tomorrow — ketchup, mustard and relish among them. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jamestown branch, the Bank of Newport is inviting everyone to a lunchtime cookout.

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