2011-05-26 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of May 26
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, May 26, 1911

At the monthly meeting of the town council and court of probate little business except the paying of bills was done.

A large number of native trees and shrubs are being carted across the ferries from the Narragansett country to be transplanted on summer estates in Newport.

One of the wild deer on the island was reported as having been seen near Beavertail Tuesday morning. This is unusual, as the small herd have always made their feeding ground at the north end of the island.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1936

Memorial Sunday was fittingly observed yesterday by attendance at a special service for veterans at St. Matthew’s Episcopal church. Following the service, the veterans were the guests of the Jamestown Post and unit at the Post home on Clinton Avenue, where a luncheon was served by the members of the auxiliary, over 150 partaking of the hospitality.

From the Newport Daily News, May 29, 1936

The tree peony in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Clarke on Southwest avenue, is about three feet in height and was brought from the Cottrell farm in 1885, and planted on the grounds of Mrs. Fred Cottrell on Brook street. In 1920 it had twenty-two blossoms. Mrs. Cottrell gave the tree to her daughter, Mrs. Clarke. It now has eleven large pink blossoms and is much admired by passers-by.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 20, 1961

The Jamestown Bridge had a net income of $101,060.87 from total revenue receipts of $253,020.72 in the fiscal year that ended last Nov. 30. Expenses and debt service totaled $151,959.85. The neon sign at the bridge has been repaired, and the insurance check of $290 has been received to cover the repairs.

From the Newport Daily News, May 23, 1961

[At the Town Council meeting], the Jamestown Garage was awarded the bid for a new eight-cylinder Dodge police pursuit cruiser, radio equipped, at a cost of $2,310.

Clean-up week was announced for June 5-10 during which the highway department will pick up all debris.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1986

The Zoning Board of Review Tuesday approved a state request to operate a satellite parking lot [on an empty lot on Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road] for Tall Ships visit in June.

From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1986

Two developers have filed a $5 million claim against the town alleging they were victims of discrimination in applications for water and sewer extensions.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 23, 1996

Municipal water customers can expect to see a price hike when they get their bills next month. Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday voted to increase both the minimum meter rates and the excess gallons rate. Most homeowners have five-eighth inch meters, and that rate went up $1.32 from $39.68 to $41 for the 5,000 gallon minimum. The excess rate jumped 10 cents, from $3.22 to $3.32, for each 1,000 gallons used over the 5,000-gallon minimum.

Ten-year-old Rebekah Wigton of Jamestown was all smiles Saturday after she won the state’s first Soap Box Derby.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 24, 2001

With restrictions on outdoor water use going into effect next Friday, June 1, Public Works Director Steve Goslee told the Town Council, sitting as the water and sewer board, that North Pond reservoir was already down 8 inches below the spillway.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and bridge Authority held their annual meeting last week. Over the next 10 years, the authority’s board voted to spend $35.9 million to maintain the Newport Bridge and $35.5 million for upkeep on the Mt. Hope Bridge. Additionally, the board voted to spend $2.5 million over the next two years to replace the present toll-collection system with more up-to-date equipment and to budget $1 million to double the size of the authority’s administration building at the toll plaza.

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