2011-03-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 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, March 17, 1911

Repairs to steamer Conanicut to put her in readiness for the summer have begun.

A large number from the island were in Newport Saturday afternoon and evening to witness “Madame X.”

Ferryboat John A. Saunders is being taxed to her full capacity in carrying the heavy teams which are carting the cement from Newport for the reservoir work on Fort Greble.

The telephone poles have been set for a line connecting Beavertail light, but as yet the telephone has not been installed, though it is expected to be in a few days. This is an improvement, which many have advocated for several years.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1936

At the mortgage sale Saturday afternoon at the Robert Henderson property, on the East Shore road, consisting of house, farm building and 20 acres of land, the property was bid in by mortgagees, Sears and Roebuck.

From the Newport Daily News, March 17, 1936

The fast Jamestown basket ball team undefeated in their season’s play will meet the Jewish Men’s championship series sponsored by the Sunset League at Rogers High gymnasium Thursday night.

From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1936

J. Howard Bowen, who is selling the equipment of his Harbor View garage on the East Shore road, adjoining Harbor View Inn, is to convert the garage into three modern apartments of three rooms each. The grounds will be landscaped with trees and flowers.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1961

The Jamestown School Committee last night agreed to ask the state Board of Education to evaluate the quality of instruction given in Jamestown Elementary School. The subject has been a matter of controversy within the committee for a long time.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1986

The long-awaited extra token baskets for the Newport Bridge could be in use as early as the end of the week. The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority also disclosed that last month Newport Bridge revenue was $375,312, up from $359,358 for the previous February.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 14, 1996

Senior citizens petitioned the Town Council Monday to increase the tax exemption for property owners who are over 65 and have limited incomes.

The Town Council Monday passed a resolution that grants the Veterans’ Memorial Square at East Ferry to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in perpetuity. The resolution also stipulates that if the memorial ever has to be relocated, the town will do so only after consulting with veterans groups and holding public hearings.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 15, 2001

Jamestown’s newest toy is 35 tons of gleaming chrome and flashing lights. It smells of new leather and rubber, and sports a cartoon panther scaling a ladder in the side of its cab. It’s called The Prowler, and is causing quite a stir for everyone who lays eye on it. The new toy is a fire department ladder truck, which will replace Ladder 1, a truck that has been in service on the island for 30 years.

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