2010-11-18 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 18
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, November 19, 1910

A large four-masted schooner is anchored off Potter’s point in the east harbor.

Fewer fishermen than on Sunday during the fall visited the rocks yesterday. The chill in the air was a little strong, while the fish have begun to strike off and not as many are being caught as earlier.

More than 100 attended the “roll call” service at the Central Baptist Church Friday evening.

Several Portuguese families are preparing to spend the winter at their old homes in the Western Islands, two loads of their baggage leaving Wednesday for New Bedford.

From the Newport Daily News, November 21, 1910

The first afternoon trip of the ferryboat will be omitted Thanksgiving day, to allow the crew the opportunity to enjoy their dinner.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 16, 1935

A large number attended the bingo game held at St. Mark’s parish house Friday evening. … A social hour was held after the game.

From the Newport Daily News, November 22, 1935

The first game in the ping pong and pool tournament took place at the fire station Thursday evening.. … After the play Chef Walter Marley served sandwiches and coffee.

From the Newport Daily News, November 23, 1935

The Y.P. No. 35 Torpedo Station boat, which went ashore on the east shore of Jamestown, during the recent storm, was floated Thursday. A large force of men had been working to free her since Tuesday.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 15, 1960

Another step towards installation of a dial telephone service in Jamestown was taken last night when the Jamestown Town Council approved the recommendation of the Zoning Board of Review granting an exception to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DeRosa to permit a commercial building on Watson Street (sic) at Pemberton Street (sic).

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 19, 1985

The Town Council Monday postponed a decision on a sewer extension request to an Arnold Avenue subdivision. . … In October (Matthew) Marcello had asked for sewer hookups to nine of 17 house lots. The remaining eight lots would be serviced by individual septic systems, he said. Developers promised to pay for 130 feet of sewer line on Pemberton Avenue to help ease a town-wide problem with groundwater infiltration into sewer lines. But the Council delayed a decision … to determine if groundwater was, indeed, seeping into the line. Monday Marcello requested that all 17 lots be tied into the sewer system. (The Council requested further study.)

The Island’s Churches are urging the people to join in a day of fast on Wednesday to help everyone experience the hunger of the world’s poor.

From the Newport Daily News, November 20, 1985

Newport and Mount Hope Bridge traffic increased last month over October of 1984. … Last month 454,668 vehicles crossed the Newport Bridge compared to 420,688 during October of 1984. Revenue increased from $528,251 to $571,012.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 16, 1995

Despite budget problems that have forced the state De- partment of Transportation to put many of its projects on hold for at least three years, a $1.4 million landscaping project for beautifying the cross-island highway is scheduled to begin next spring.

Another person could not have squeezed into the room Saturday for the dedication of the new Senior Center at the Grange. … More than 200 people packed into the main room of the Grange Hall.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 16, 2000

Island’s new tax base tops $875 million. 60 homes are worth more than $1 million.The value of the island property has risen by nearly $250 million since the last town revaluation, according to reports released this week by the firm hired to do a new revaluation. The new tax basis estimated to be $7878 million, up from $633 million in 1993.

Monday night the Town Council voted to send the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation a letter indicating that they, like the hundreds of people who turned out last week for a public meeting on the Quonset Point port development issue, do not want the plant to include a container port.

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