2011-01-20 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 20
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 21, 1911

A pleasant gathering was held in the newly fitted room in the upper part of the Baptist Church, which is in memory of the founders of that church, the eight constituent members. After a supper of cold meats, salads and cake the company gathered to listen to singing.

The thermometer registered 8 above zero Tuesday in some of the coldest places on the island.

Sunday the thermometer reached 60 in favored spots and the day seemed almost like spring.

Town Clerk Severance has made his returns of the births, marriages and deaths for the year ending in December. The deaths exceed the number of births by 7, there being 16 births and 23 deaths. The number of marriages was 8.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 23, 1936

It was voted at the town council meeting that the communication from Anthony R. Healey, assistant materials engineer of the State Board of Public Roads, be received and filed. Due to WPA crusher and construction projects that were to cover a period of six months or more, the council regrets it cannot authorize the sale of crushed stone or lend the crusher to the State Board of Roads, and that the engineer be notified.

The work of razing old buildings on the property acquired by the Jamestown Post American Legion for a post home on Clinton Avenue, has begun.

From the Newport Daily News, January 24, 1936

The faculty of the Thomas H. Clarke School held a dinner party at the school Thursday evening, dinner being served at 6 o’clock. The room was decorated in the national colors. The menu was composed of oyster stew, made by Superintendent Bradley, crackers, pickles, apple pie and cheese. Following the dinner, games were enjoyed,

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 21, 1961

Revenue and traffic over the Jamestown Bridge increased the first 19 days of this month over the similar period last year, the Jamestown Bridge Commission was told at its meeting last night. Revenue was up $232.61, or three per cent over last year. The vehicle count increase was 1,249, a rise of seven percent.

From the Newport Daily News, January 24, 1961

Adequate water supply, and toilet facilities and proper waster disposal were among the recommendations designed to improve the Jamestown Building Code made by John C. Rembijas, building inspector, to the Town Council last night.

A request to the Town Council from the Navy was granted for radar reflectors to be placed on Halfway Rock and Taylor’s Point in Jamestown to be used by destroyers to calibrate their radar

New doors at the Recreation Center have been installed.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 21, 1986

The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously late this morning to install two more token baskets at the Newport Bridge. One new basket will be installed for each direction so that token users will be able to use either of two lanes. Presently only one lane will accept tokens, which causes traffic backups during rush hours.

From the Newport Daily News, January 22, 1969

The Town Council is scheduled to begin discussing a pro- posed $4.72 million town budget at a workshop tonight. The general government budget request is for $2.03 million – a 4.7 percent increase over the current budget. The School Department has submitted a budget request for $2.69 million – a 7.6 percent increase.

The Town Council pushed ahead Tuesday night with attempts to get local control over placement of water wells. The Council directed the town solicitor to look into the possibility of a local ordinance controlling wells.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

January 18, 1996

The Town Council has tentatively approved a general budget that is about 2.65% higher than last years $4.4 million spending package.

An 8% increase is expected in the 1996-97 operating budget for the Jamestown School The new preliminary budget is $5,158,000, compared to $4,738,332 in 1995- 96.

Another municipal well will be drilled near North Pond reservoir in an effort to increase the town’s troubled water supply.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

January 18, 2001

At Tuesday’s third and final joint work session on the School Committee’s proposed school budget the proposed school budget is nearly 14 percent higher than last year’s spending plan. The maximum state cap is 5.5 percent. The budget was unresolved as town waits to hear state ruling.

With fiscal 2001-2002 budget decisions at hand, the Harbor Management Commission highlighted wharf repairs in the regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The draft of operating and capital expenditures with wharf repairs totals $255,079. According to the proposal, $60,000 to $70,000 would be allotted over the next three years for West Ferry repairs.

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