2011-02-03 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 3
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, February 4, 1911

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Caswell entertained Messrs. Blackwell and King and the officers and crew of steamer Conanicut at their home on Knowles court Friday evening at a turkey dinner. Mr. Caswell took the occasion to make brief remarks, thanking those present for their services in rescuing his 12-year-old son, who fell between the boat and the wharf in Newport last Saturday evening. The menu was as follows: Bouillon, Crackers, Celery, Roast Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Turnips, Baked Onions, Oyster Dressing, Apple Sauce, Bread, Mince Pie, Ice Cream, Cake, Nuts, Raisins, Candy, Cigars, Coffee.

Machinery for boring an artesian well at the Johnson and Langby bungalows arrived Saturday.

The excavation for the new reservoir at Fort Greble is completed and the material for forms for the concrete work is being shipped across the ferries from Newport.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 3, 1936

The Mid-Week Whist club and their husbands met Satur- day evening with Mr. and Mrs. George Locke at their home on Howland Avenue. Games were played.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gage entertained the Royal Court Club at their home on Columbia Avenue Saturday evening. Whist was played.

From the Newport Daily News, February 4, 1936

Officers of the Jamestown Post, American Legion, will be at the new Post home on Clinton avenue Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 5 o’clock and from 7 to 9:30 p.m. to assist all veterans in filing their bonus applications.

From the Newport Daily News, February 5, 1936

Owing to the bad condition of the roads, there was a small attendance at the meeting Monday evening at the town hall, under the auspices of the Jamestown Board of Trade. Franklyn Adams of the Federal Housing Authority was present and showed (moving) pictures of repair work that could be done under FHA and explained the process of obtaining funds for this work.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 2, 1961

The Jamestown school; budget tentatively set for 1961 indicates that $241,932, or an increase of $36,035 over last year, will be required to meet operating expenses. The sum of $11,530 pays transportation costs yearly (from United Transit Co.). In addition to the bus, a taxi is hired to transport children from the Beavertail area, plus a private car that transports some other children.

From the Newport Daily News, February 4, 1961

Five inches of snow was dumped on this frostbitten area during the night and morning and there was no sign of a letup at noon.

The ferry boat Jamestown overran its landing and plowed into the pilings of its slip in Jamestown while on its busiest trip of the day at 4:50 p.m. yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, February 6, 1961

A fire in the wiring near the roof of the state-owned block at the East Ferry in Jamestown, caused smoke and water damage in Pitcher’s drug store, Doty’s variety store and the Meredith & Clarke real estate office, on Saturday at the height of the storm.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 4, 1986

The Town Council Monday night revised proposed legislation, which would allow Jamestown to tax real estate sales. After more than two hours of debate, councilmen asked the conservation commission to draw up the revised bill and submit it to the town solicitor.

Photo caption: First visible signs of the new Jamestown Bridge have appeared in Narragansett Bay in recent weeks as work crews install steel framework for the bridge support columns, Barge and cranes are in place Thursday as work continued. New four-lane span is scheduled to open in fall of 1988.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

February 1, 1996

A “model” landscaping project to beautify the cross-island highway is set to get underway in mid-March. Costing $1,162,513, the project includes the planting of grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and evergreens and also a three-year maintenance program for mowing, pruning, fertilizing and watering to make sure the plantings take hold.

Jamestown’s legislators support new laws requiring welfare recipients to work, but the two Democrats wonder if enough jobs exist for that approach to succeed.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

February 1, 2001

The Town Council in a special meeting Tuesday approved a combined town government and school budget totaling $13.8 million for fiscal 2001-2002, with $522,000 of those expenses coming out of the town’s budget surplus on this year’s property bills.

In one minute the Town Council asked the School Committee to cut their budget and in the next the same group offered the school $300,000 to fix a leaky roof at the Lawn Avenue School.

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