2011-04-21 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 21
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 21, 1911

The first herring and lobsters of the season to be shipped from the island were taken across the ferry today, Tourga sending two barrels of herring in his trap and King and Sherman about 100 pounds of lobsters.

The painting and overhauling of steamer Conanicut at the repair shop in Newport is being pushed to enable her to go to Providence to go on the dry dock April 24.

More chickens are being raised on the island than ever before. Mr. George Howland has hatched out more than. 1,800 to date, and has taken out 186 chicks from a machine which held 212 eggs.

A thousand peach trees have arrived for Mr. A. L. Peckham, who will set out an orchard on the Eldred farm.

A power spraying apparatus belonging to the state gave a demonstration of spraying fruit trees at the orchards of Mr. John J. Watson Wednesday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 23, 1936

A capacity audience attended the minstrel show Wednes- day evening in St. Mark’s hall, given for the benefit of the Red Cross relief fund.

Patrick McCafferty has returned to his home in Narragansett avenue from Lake Worth, Florida, where he spent the last few months.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 17, 1961

The plan of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to take over both the Mount Hope and Jamestown Bridges under power accorded it by law was termed as both thievery and robbery by a Jamestown Episcopal rector in his sermon Sunday.

From the Newport Daily News, April 18, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council adopted at a special meeting last night a budget of $460,675.98. This is $45,460 more than last year’s budget.

The new Texas Tower structure that will replace the Brenton Reef lightship will cost an estimated $725,000.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 18, 1986

The Jamestown Bridge contractor has started steel reinforcing work, scheduled to be subcontracted, until allegations of fraud against the potential subcontractor can be resolved.

Sara Neubauer of Jamestown received first prize and a Tshirt Thursday night at the Jamestown Philomenian Library for a design she submitted in a contest sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

From the Newport Daily News, April 22, 1986

The Town Council voted Monday to support a sewer extension to a 16-lot subdivision off Hamilton Avenue provided the lots can produce adequate well water.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 18, 1996

This Sunday Jamestowners can observe the 26th anniversary of Earth Day by participating in a morning-long island-wide beach cleanup that culminates in a free lunch of hot dogs and soda for everyone who works.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday approved eight new hookups to the municipal water system … Approval was granted on the condition that Public Works Director Steve Goslee is satisfi ed that the six new tie-ins to the water main on Beavertail Road will not adversely affect the water supply to nearby Clarke’s Village.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 19, 2001

Some novel ideas came out of Tuesday Night’s candidate forum, the second opportunity island residents had to meet islanders running for Town Council, School Committee and moderator in next month’s election. Among the new ideas circulating were ways to improve and expedite town government, increase communication and form stronger awareness among committees, and to separate some duties to avoid conflicting interests.

Last week a team from the state Department of Environmental Management conducted a controlled burn of all the low growing brush on Dutch Island. Even though work is being done on the island, it is still closed and DEM spokeswoman Stephanie Powell said that she has “no timetable” of when the island will re-open to the public.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday voted 4-0 to increase the water rates by 3 percent across the board and raise the sewer rate by 2 percent, from $5.37 to $5.47 per 1,000 gallons.

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