2011-01-13 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 13
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, January 14, 1911

At Sunday’s services at St. Mark’s Church the financial report of the pastor, Father J. P. Sullivan, was received with enthusiasm by the congregation for the creditable showing made by the new parish. The receipts for the year were $5,156.44 and the expenses $4,381.82, leaving a balance of $774.62. Number of souls in parish, 407; total value of property, $22,000; total indebtedness, $4,000. Added improvement are contemplated, the building of an appropriate front to the present church being the first, which will be started soon.

A large party of Boston men interested in the coal prospecting near Conanicut Park,were on the island today.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 11, 1936

At the executive committee meeting of the Jamestown Post American Legion was held Friday evening at the home of Commander Jesse C. Tefft. The building committee reported the purchase of the Llewelyn property on Clinton avenues for a Post home. Other routine business was transacted. The regular meeting of the Post will be held at the Town Hall Tuesday.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 11, 1961

Registration is open this week for a new 10-week course in woodworking at the Jamestown Boys Club. Boys eight years old and up are eligible. Edward Gillis will be the instructor. Forty boys completed the first course in woodworking in December.

Donald E. Gillis, Jamestown recreation director, has arranged a course in ceramics for adults to start Sunday at the Recreation Center. (Mrs. Eva Littlefield of Riverside was the instructor.)

From the Newport Daily News, January 14, 1961

Two plays were presented at the Jamestown School yesterday. The pupils of grade 6-E, assisted by Frank Toolan, their teacher, gave a play entitled “The test.” … The other play, presented by class 6-W, James McDonough teacher, was entitled “The Fearless Knight and the Dragon.”

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 14, 1986

The second annual Conanicut Island Christmas Bird Count was held Dec. 29. Sixty-five species of birds were observed this year (three more than last year), although the total number of birds was down to 2,750.

The state health director tonight will discuss the results of a 1984 R.I. Cancer Report at the Jamestown School. The report indicated that Jamestown had the highest cancer incidence rate in the state during the five-year period ending in 1982. The study said Jamestown had a rate of 559.9 cancer incidences and 308.2 deaths.

The Town Council discussed Monday night a measure that would institute a tax on real estate sales in order to preserve open and farm land. The discussion centered on provisions of the enabling legislation which must be approved by the General Assembly before it is presented to local voters.

In other action the Council approved a lease agreement with Rollins Cablevsision allowing the company to install its receiving dish on the town water tower. Rollins will pay the town $42,000 over the 20-year lease period.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, January 11, 1996

Jamestowners were armed with shovels, snow blowers and snow plows earlier this week as they dug out from a massive winter storm.

The Blizzard of ’96 will be costly. The storm put the Town of Jamestown about $8,000 over its snow removal budget.

The Town Council is scheduled to hold a second workshop on the upcoming year’s municipal budget – focusing on public health, public welfare, library expenses, parks and recreation, and capital expenses.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

January 11, 2001

The Town Council Tuesday continued reviewing Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford’s proposed general budget for fiscal 2001-2002. According to the written Budget Overview Crawford gave the council, this year’s budget – which includes operating expenses, capital expenditures, and debt service – is $5,667,437, an increase of $183,762 or 3.35 percent over last year’s $5,483,675 spending package.

The Town Council will meet with the School Committee tonight at 7 p.m. at the library for a second discussion on its proposed $7.2 million budget for 2001-2002, up 13 percent over last year’s spending plan.

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