2010-10-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 21
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, October 22. 1910

The long-looked for rain arrived Thursday morning and stopped nearly all outdoor work. About one more day will complete the state road from the east to the west ferry and the surveyors are expected to arrive in a few days to stub out the other two miles, leading to Conanicut Park.

Mr. S. A. Pierce has rented his farm near the west ferry to Mr. Aaron R. Richardson, Jr., for one year.

Mr. John Sherman and Mr. Jared Woodmansee of the west ferry take the lead in catching large fish, with three weighing 32 pounds, an average of 11 pounds each.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 21, 1935

Dr. P. J. Lyman, who has been practicing in Jamestown for the past two years, left this morning by motor for New York and Los Angeles, and will sail from the latter city for China, for an extended stay.

A large number of fishermen from Rhode Island and Massachusetts crossed the ferries Saturday and Sunday, and found the fishing good at the Dumplings and Beavertail.

From the Newport Daily News, October 24, 1935

(At the school committee meeting it was reported that) the cement walk at the Carr School had been completed and cement steps had been made at the kindergarten and the girls’ door. A see-saw was being set up on the girls’ side replacing the wooden frames. … (It was also reported) that the belfry roof was in need of immediate repairs. It was placed in the hands of the repair committee for action, with the cost limited. A plan for ringing the bell from the lower floor was outlined.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 18, 1960

The Jamestown Bridge Commission voted 4-1 last night to spend $3,000 of its funds for advertisements in opposition to the proposed Newport Bay Bridge. … Voters in Rhode Island will be asked on Nov. 8 to approve or reject a referendum item, which would place the state’s credit, to the extent of $20,000,000, behind the sale of investment bonds to build the bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, October 20, 1960

The Jamestown Bridge Commission was restrained by court order today from spending any of its money in an advertising campaign against the Newport Bay Bridge referendum coming before voters Nov. 8.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 22, 1985

The Town Council Monday night asked the town engineer to review plans for a 17-house subdivision off Arnold Road.

Prospective developers of the Bay Voyage Inn informally requested a water line loop Monday night to increase water volume to the Conanicus Avenue hotel.

From the Newport Daily News, October 23, 1985

A group opposed to the construction of the Quonset Point trash-to-energy incinerator is scheduled to hold a “public information” meeting tonight at the Jamestown School.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 19, 1995

Several residents have voiced concerns over plans to drill a municipal well near South Pond reservoir to Town Council members Monday as they sat as the Board of Wa- ter and Sewer Commissioners. Following the recommendations of the council appointed a Water Study Committee, town officials hope to increase the municipal water supply by drilling a total of six wells deep into geological faults in the island’s bedrock.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library is now open two additional hours on Mondays to provide better access to patrons who work off the island. (Monday hours for the library became 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 19, 2000

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners Monday night, the Town Council received an inch-thick report on the municipal water supply and how to improve it. Costing some $10,000, the report was drafted by Fay, Spofford & Thorndike Inc, a company of engineers, planners, and scientists located in Burlington, Mass., that the council hired for the task last spring.

Islander Bert Parker has deeded 48 acres, most of the former Vieira Farm, to the Conanicut Island Land Trust, which will protect it as open space forever.

The Highway Barn Committee spent less than two hours with the Town Council in a work session last week that concluded with no surprise: the proposed new barn for the Highway Department still does not have a site.

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