2010-10-07 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 7
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, Oct. 8, 1910

Steamer Beaver Tail has been taken from the west bay line for the season, discontinuing the service of the ferry company on that bay for the winter.

The Town Council had two special meetings the past week to consider the sanitary condition of a section of the town near the foot of Cole Street. A number of places have been visited by the health officer and steps taken to better the conditions found to exist.

The farmers on the island report one of the largest crops of corn for years, the yield not only being good, but the fodder also large.

Each city and town in Rhode Island will vote November on the questions whether the municipalities shall issue licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquors for the coming year. The vote on licenses will be for the third successive year. …Eleven towns voted “no” last year and only 843 licenses were issued. (Jamestown was a “no” town.)

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 1, 1935

The members (of the St. Matthew’s Woman’s Auxiliary) folded surgical dressing for the Newport Hospital, sewed for the Appalachian box, which will be packed at the next meeting, and began the mission work for “The House of Bethany” in Liberia and for St. Luke’s Hospital in Arizona. From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 2, 1935

Harold Richardson has closed the Central garage on Narragansett Avenue and left with Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Weeden for Florida, and will make his home with them during the winter.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 8, 1935

Approval of 25 Works Progress projects was given by the State Department of Public Welfare yesterday. The total costs have been set at $1,811,195, with the federal government paying $1,688,899 and the state $122,296. …Ft. Wetherill in Jamestown…is listed for 3.780 miles of water bound surfacing with 2,000 man hours.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 9, 1935

Black fish are being caught in great quantities at Beavertail and Hull’s cove.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 3, 1960

Erection of a Newport Bay Bridge would open up “a whole new industry” in the Newport area, Barclay Douglas, a candidate for state senator, told a gathering at Republican campaign headquarters. The bridge construction would provide employment for more than 400 workers for two and a half years, with a payroll upwards of $6,000,000.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 5, 1960

Poor road conditions in the Jamestown Shore development, despite assurance of the Federal Building & Land Development Corp., that it was undertaking road repairs, caused the Jamestown Planning Board last night to bring the matter to the attention of the Town Council.

In a heated discussion on the matter, it was pointed out that nothing has been done to remedy these road conditions. The corporation, which is developing land along the west shore, has had offices open at both ends of the Jamestown Bridge and has made a concerted selling drive all summer.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 1, 1985

A proposal to create a parttime town planner received unanimous support Monday night during a combined work session.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 4, 1985

The five communities of Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown and Bristol have all had trouble since last spring with three bridges that connect Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands to the mainland. For a month last spring, temporary repairs on the Jamestown Bridge held up traffi c over the West Passage for as much as two hours in opposite directions. And last week, R.I. Dept. of Transportation officials announced that the access road through Jamestown will not be completed when the new Jamestown Bridge is completed – tentatively in the fall of 1988. Morning and late afternoon commuter traffic over the Newport Bridge jams up at the toll booth in Jamestown because only one lane is open for token users.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 5, 1995

Despite nearly four inches of rainfall last month, the island’s drought is far from over and a water emergency ordinance is still in effect.

Town Planner George Meservey has resigned a job to become the planning director for Wareham, Mass.

(photo caption) The charter boat Lene Marie has been hauled at the Clark Boat Yard for repairs. The ketch was built in Holland in 1910 as a gravel carrier. Her home port is now San Francisco.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 5, 2000

It took the School Committee one minute to approve the increase of next year’s school budget by more than $200,000 to pay for the dramatically rising price of high school tuition. At a special meeting held Tuesday evening, the committee voted unanimously to accept a threeyear contract with the North Kingstown School Department that would raise student tuition for the island’s 190 or so high school students by about $1,000 per pupil. …The current student tuition is $7,346.86, and will increase to $8,072.83.

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