2011-02-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 10
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 11, 1911

The Circle of King’s Sons gave an entertainment in The Gardner House hall Friday evening, which was largely attended, in spite of the weather, which made walking of the worst order.

Indications that the backbone of the winter is broken was seen this morning, in the heavy rain accompanied by thunder and several flashes of lightning.

The members of whist team No. 3 entertained the players in the Club tournament in the Den Tuesday evening. After the supper partners and team positions were drawn for a new series and the first round played.

One Jamestown Ferry. Confirmation of Rumors That Two Lines Are to Consolidate. Result Will be Increased Accommodations of the Traveling Public. The news from the General Assembly Thursday, in regard to the combination of the two Jamestown ferries, is but a confirmation of rumors, which have been in the air for some time. Mr. H. Audley Clarke, who was generally credited with being the main support for the Saunders ferry (Narragansett Transportation Company), it has been said by those on the inside that there would be but one ferry this coming summer. The Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company had a meeting Saturday afternoon to take action on the matter of increasing capital stock.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 10, 1936

The number of WPA for the county this week is 460 and the amount of the payrolls is $3,734.94, it was announced today. (Jamestown had 25 names on the list; they received a total of $203.17.)

From the Newport Daily News, February 12, 1936

Following is the treasurer’s report of the President’s Birthday ball held on January 30 at Holy Ghost hall. The receipts were $113.10 and the expenses $53.75, leaving a balance of $59.40. Of this amount $41.58 will be used in Jamestown. Through the courtesy of the Holy Ghost society the hall was loaned for the ball, and the tickets were donated by the Gladding Print of Newport.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 7, 1961

With a steadily growing parish and insufficient facilities, the Rev. J. Edgar Tebbets, rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Jamestown, was empowered (at a parish corporation meeting) to appoint a committee to study the overall needs of the church in regard to church school and parish facilities.

From the Newport Daily News, February 8, 1961

Commerce Oil Official Testifies Litigation Now Its Main Business. A spokesman for the Commerce Oil Refining Corp. testified yesterday that its principal place of business is Jamestown despite the fact that its board of directors has never met there and all company records are kept in New York.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 11, 1986

The Town Council approved Monday night a proposal to share a town planner with Block Island. Funding for the planner job would be split between Jamestown, Block Island and the state Department of Environmental Management, contingent upon approval at the Jamestown budget at the Town Financial Meeting.

The Town Council voted Monday to recommend a $4.76 million town budget to voters. If passed the budget would add 25-30 cents onto the tax rate.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, February 8, 1996

The Jamestown Harbor Management Commission will hire an engineering firm to draw up “conceptual plans” for the controversial proposed extension of the steel pier at East Ferry with the addition of a T-pier ferry landing.

In hopes of increasing the town’s water supply, a hydrologist this week is scheduled to locate the best spot to drill a second municipal well in the watershed just south of North Pond reservoir.

After seven days on his new job, Town Planner Mark Browning, age 39, said Tuesday that he was still working hard at learning the issues and feeling like he was back in school. Browning is filling a vacancy left by George Meservey, who resigned from his planner’s position in Jamestown last October.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

February 8, 2001

The Jamestown Philomenian Library is chock full of books and magazines for patrons to either take out or read there, but what people may not know is that not only can they find the latest bestseller, they can also check e-mail, file tax returns, design and print resumes – even post them on job hunting websites. The library may be comparatively small, but its technological tools can help patrons access the world. Currently the library has eight workstations for the public to use, each with an Internet connection.

The Town of North Kingstown has invited town officials from Jamestown and from each of Rhode Island’s other 37 municipalities to get together next week to share information on a proposed container port for Quonset Point.

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