2010-11-25 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of November 25
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 26, 2010

Mr. T. D. Wright has secured the contract for the construction of a large bungalow near the West ferry for Mr. Lovering of Philadelphia.

Only by good fortune two men did not spend a portion of Sunday night in a disabled motor boat off Beavertail. It was shortly before dark when their predicament was seen by Keeper Wales of the light. He communicated by telephone with Captain Eaton at Saunderstown. He came to their aid in a power boat, towing them to Saunderstown, where repairs were made.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 25, 1935

(At a meeting of the Parent-Teachers’ Association) the debate on “Resolved, That home study should be abolished” was presented.

From the Newport Daily News, November 27, 1935

(At the School Committee meeting) it was voted that in the future all pupils desiring to take a post-graduate course at Rogers High School shall appear before the School Committee at the August meeting and receive their approval before going to Rogers at the expense of the Town.

The pupils of the Thomas H. Clarke school are having a campaign to collect egg masses of the tent caterpillar. … Through the Jamestown Garden Club, prizes totaling $25, have been made available. … It is hoped that by doing away with such masses as are near enough to the ground to be collected that the trees will present a better appearance next spring.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 28, 1960

Jamestown’s 375 elementary school pupils today are taking request forms, which when signed by parents, will make them eligible to take part in the area’s first tuberculosis testing program for detection of tuberculosis infection.

From the Newport Daily News, November 30, 1960

Robert L. McMaster, chairman of the Jamestown School Committee, yesterday mailed to town voters an explanation and clarification of the need of the special financial town meeting next Monday at 8 p.m. in the Recreation Center. The meeting is called to obtain permission from taxpayers to use, when needed, new state school aid funds.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, November 21, 1985

Bursts of laser-generated light soon will be speeding through the hair-thin glass fibers in North Kingstown and Jamestown. That’s because residents and businesses in those communities will be able to send voice, data and video transmissions over a new fiber optic telecommunications network installed by New England Telephone.

From the Newport Daily News, November 28, 1985

The Jamestown Village Christmas Lighting will be held Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the East Ferry Green. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and the Christmas lights along Narragansett Avenue will be followed by a concert by the Jamestown School Band, caroling and the lighting of the Yule Log.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, November 22, 1995

A computer the public can use to access real estate and property tax information will soon be available at Town Hall. The program allows anyone who has basic computer skills to find out such vital real estate statistics as the size of a piece of property, the number of bathrooms in a house, the location of the property, and its tax assessed value on the tax rolls.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

November 22, 2000

Despite her recent efforts to “get out the double digits,” school Superintendent Frances Gallo said she is having difficulty bringing the proposed school budget down from a current gain of more than 13 percent.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners Monday night, the Town Council heard a report that says that the safe yield of the municipal water supply can be increased from 285,000 gallons a day to 4000,000 gallons per day if water is from South Pond reservoir is pumped through a pipeline to North Pond reservoir.

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