2011-03-31 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 31
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 31, 1911

The minstrels entertainment given Friday evening in the Gardner House hall by the firemen was successful in every respect. The attendance was the largest assembled in the hall for a similar affair, every seat being taken and a large number standing across the back of the hall and in the aisles, throughout the entertainment, which lasted nearly three hours. After the entertainment the floor was cleared for dancing.

Mr. Eugene Peckham, who has been spending the winter with his daughter in Florida, has returned to his home here.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 27, 1936

The Parent-Teachers’ Association held a benefit bridge and whist at the Thomas H. Clarke School Thursday evening, with eight tables playing. The proceeds will be used for kitchen equipment for a cooking class.

The military whist held at the Grange hall Thursday evening was enjoyed, with eight tables in play.

A special meeting of the fire department was held Thursday evening at the engine house, Chief Jesse C. Tefft presid- ing. It was voted that the department donate $25 to the Red Cross for the flood victims.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council was advised last night by Daniel Sullivan, Lions Club president, that his club will sponsor a polio clinic in the town. The Council assured Sullivan of the Council’s support and said he believed little or no expense to the club would be involved.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 31, 1986

Newport-bound commuters were greeted with a belated Easter gift this morning when they drove into the Newport Bridge plaza. Recently installed token baskets in the cash lanes were open for business. [The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority] plans to widen the plaza to accommodate more lanes in conjunction with the new four-lane road that will connect the new Jamestown Bridge with the Newport Bridge.

The Town Council is expected to formally agree tonight to assume control of the police pension plan starting tomorrow.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 31, 1996

North Pond reservoir is full and all restrictions on water use have been lifted. Public Works Director Steven Goslee said Tuesday that water was trickling over one corner of the reservoir’s spillway. Last September, with only 34 inches of consumable water left in North Pond, town officials declared a water emergency and banned all outdoor water uses.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 29, 2001

After listening for nearly three hours to some 22 residents speak their minds on a proposed septic system management ordinance, the Town Council voted to continue the legallyrequired public hearing to April 12 session

A North Kingstown man has petitioned the town for an amendment to a 1985 Zoning Ordinance – hoping to eliminate the restaurant unit from the Bay View Condominium complex so that he can live there.

After approving the final wording Monday night, the Town Council sent a letter to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation indicating items of importance to Jamestown that it would like to see incorporated into the master plan for the development of the industrial park complex at Quonset Point/Davisville.

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