2011-04-14 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 14
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, April 14, 1911

Active steps are being taken to work the coal veins on the Conanicut park property recently acquired by the Island Coal Company of Boston. Superficial examinations seem to indicate that the entire north end of the island is underlaid with coal veins bearing millions of tons, and it is proposed to look further into the extent and burning quality of the products.

A syndicate has been formed for the purpose of planting peach orchards on the island. Mr. Constant Smith of Newport is one of those interested and a start will be made this spring by planting about 25 acres on his farm near Conanicut Park with young trees.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 16, 1936

A turkey dinner given by the Jamestown Basket Ball team was held Wednesday evening at the Point View House, Conanicut Park. The tables were decorated with spring flowers. Plans were made to organize an athletic club, and to have the town acquire title to land for an athletic field.

From the Newport Daily News, April 17, 1936

The proceeds from the entertainment at the Central Baptist Church this evening will be given to the Jamestown Library for new books, with a large attendance expected.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 10, 1961

In a step towards the construction of the Newport Bay Bridge the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority on Feb. 7 voted to issue $4,000,000 in revenue bonds for the purpose of taking over the Jamestown Bridge and the Mt. Hope Bridge, it was learned today.

From the Newport Daily News, April 12, 1961

The T-birds copped (sic) the Jamestown Senior Basketball League championship with a 40-22 triumph over the Untouchables Sunday at the Recreation Center.

The Lucky Streakers won the Jamestown Senior Girls Basketball League post-season round robin by upsetting the title-winning Vikes 11-10 in overtime.

The public hearing called by the Jamestown Planning Board last night to consider proposed amendments to the rules and regulations covering subdivision of land turned into a discussion of the problem of enforcing rules once they are adopted.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 15, 1986

The Town Council voted Monday to support a state Department of Transportation request to set up a satellite parking lot in Jamestown for the Tall Ships Newport event in June.

After months of work, numerous derails and a public forum, the Jamestown land transfer tax legislation is in danger in the General Assembly. The proposed legislation, approved bytheCouncilinMarch,wouldinstitutea2percenttaxon all real estate transfers. It would be paid by the land buyer. Funds collected would be used to purchase land or development rights to help preserve open, agricultural and recreational land.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 11, 1996

Winter will not give way to spring. Island receives 4 inches of snow. This has been a winter that will not go away, as the snowfall keeps setting records. Heavy snowfall was blamed for a power outage that left the entire island without electricity early Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:12 a.m.

A proposal to put a moratorium on new municipal water hookups and a prohibition on expanded water uses for exist- ing customers got a cold response from the Town Council this week.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 12, 2001

The Town Council Monday voted unanimously to proceed with a Phase 1 Archeological Survey needed before a $525,000 downtown improvements project can get underway. The survey would be conducted by the Public Archeology Laboratory of Pawtucket, which also worked on the state Department of Transportation’s upgrade of Southwest Avenue. Some $500,000 for the enhancement project is coming from federal “ice tea” funds made available through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, then routed to the DOT, which awards the funding to cities and towns through the state.

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