2011-02-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of February 17
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, Feb. 18, 1911

Work on the new front of St. Mark’s Church is to be commenced soon. Not only will the change give much needed room at the entrance, but it will also add greatly to the attractiveness of the building.

The captain of the barge Valentine, which lies in the basin, discharging coal for the ferry company, was thrown into the water Tuesday afternoon by the slipping of the ladder by which he was boarding the craft from the dock. Those on the wharf pulled him out and he was none the worse for the cold bath.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 14, 1936

The Jamestown public library has sent 100 books in need of repair to the State library in Providence, under the direction of trained workers. These books are to be re-bound by the unemployed, the State funding the necessary equipment and the local library paying for materials.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 15, 1936

The assembly of the Thomas H. Clarke school Friday afternoon was in charge of the pupils of the fifth grade, who gave informal talks on the subjects they liked best. Many chose music as their preference, and many of the old time war songs were sung.

Owing to weather conditions and the great amount of ice in the bay, there was no ferry service Friday evening after the 5:30 trip from Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 17, 1936

Alfred H. Jones has accepted a position with Eugene S. Newbold (a Jamestown summer visitor), who was recently awarded the electric lightning contract of New York City.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 14, 1961

(At the town council meeting) Daniel J. Murray, town’s attorney, said that the town owned beaches are being inspected for oil coverage to determine if enough will remain to hamper use of the beaches. This is in reference to tanker that went aground in September off Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 16, 1961

The sum for $500 for adult education was stricken from the budget of the Jamestown School Committee last night after members agreed that that the town should use all available funds for its young people.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 14, 1986

The Bay View review turned out to be more of a rehash. Thursday night developers for the 35 luxury condominium project returned to update the Town Council on progress, but had little new information to report. The only real change was in the configuration of the porch attached to the adjoining 60-seat restaurant.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 18, 1986

The Town Council Monday night approved a list of water-saving devices that will be installed during renovations of the Bay Voyage Inn.

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15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 15, 1996

A lawsuit that could have cost the taxpayers $5 million was settled Monday when the Town Council decided to give the Jamestown Land Company $10,000 in exchange for an agreement that prevents the company from taking any legal action against the town.

Conanicut Marine Services have leased the historic Clark Boat Yard facility, adding a new dimension to its growing operations.

The Town Council voted this week to increase the sewer frontage tax to 55 cents per foot, up a nickel over the current rate.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 15, 2001

A port design consultant told about 200 town officials and private citizens Tuesday night that a lot more analysis needs to be done before sending any container port plan to the permitting process. This is in sharp contrast to the plan made public by the governor’s office and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation at a meeting held in Providence last Friday.

Town officials have made the $13.8 million combined town government and school budget for fiscal 2001-2002 available to voters, and it appears in its entirety in a special pull-out-andsave section of this newspaper.

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