2011-03-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 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, March 10, 1911

Curran and Mauran have sold to the Island Coal Company their entire holdings of real estate at the north end of the island. This consists of what is known as Conanicut Park and also a farm just south, known as the “Park Farm.” The Island Coal Company is a new corporation, recently organized in Boston for the development of the coal veins on the island of Conanicut, and is comprised principally of Boston men, a party of whom were here Sunday to look over the situation.

The entertainment committee of the fire department is arranging for a vaudeville show to be given soon.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 9, 1936

The Jamestown Board of Review Saturday evening held its first public hearing on a change in classification. It was on the petition of Harry R. Horgan for the extension of his gasoline station operated by Standard Oil Company, on Coronado Avenue. The Jamestown zoning law, patterned after the Newport law, was adopted last year. Under it the town had been divided into residential, business and unrestricted districts. The Coronado Avenue gasoline station was placed in the residential zone, making permission necessary for any extension.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 9, 1961

The Jamestown highway department is seeking $49,000, and the fire department $9,500 as operating expenses for the next fiscal year. The amount sought by the highway department is some $7,630 more than the amount last year, but the fire department budget remains unchanged. Snow removal cost to the town from March 1960 through February 1961 was $8,314.54.

From the Newport Daily News, March 10, 1961

“I Remember When” was the theme of yesterday’s Women’s Club meeting. Members brought newspapers saved from the early part of the century and discussed history making town events. A topic of special interest was the story of local pilots, who met the ships at the entrance of the harbor and guided them up the bay.

Increased tuition for students attending high schools in Newport is blamed for most of the $26,050 increase in the Jamestown school budget, which was presented to the town council last night. The total estimated budget for 1961-62 is $239,112. Increased tuition was the big item. This added $15,000 to the budget for the education of the high school children, School Board members explained. The number of students going out of town for school in 1961-62 is estimated at 165, which represents an additional 31 over this year.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 7, 1986

Construction of additional toll lanes at the Newport Bridge should be accelerated, and toll collection should be reorganized at the Mount Hope Bridge, according to a report released today by Auditor General Anthony Piccirilli.

State Sen. David R. Carlin Jr. said today he will ask the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority to allow Newport Bridge toll collectors to accept bridge tokens manually until new token baskets are installed at the bridge.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 7, 1996

Voters at Monday’s financial tow meeting took 20 minutes to approve a $10.4 million budget and lower the tax rate from $14.57 to $14.42 for each $1,000 of property valuation.

There may not be a dry eye in the house when the final scene ends in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “Our Town” which will open tomorrow night at the new Senior Center on West Street.

10 years ago

From The Jamestown Press,

March 8, 2011

It took 119 votes at Monday’s fi- nancial town meeting 25 minutes to approve a $13.8 million combined school and general government budget and establish a new tax rate of $12.83 for each $1,000 of property values. That means the average island homeowner with property assessed at $298,830 can expect to get a tax bill of $3,834 around the end of the month.

Jamestown Postmaster Ed Booth announced both good news and bad news about the island’s post office this week. The bad news is that an attractive, new, 5,000-squarefoot facility that would replace the present post office has been put on hold due to a $1 billion nationwide freeze on U.S. Postal Service capital expenditures. The good news is that the post office is in the process of modernizing its computerized counter functions and sorting methods, both of which make the postal clerks’ and carriers’ jobs a lot easier and more efficient.

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