2012-01-19 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of January 19

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, Jan. 19, 1912

The yearly financial report of St. Mark Church was read by Father Sullivan at both Masses Sunday. The report showed the church to be in a flourishing condition and Father Sullivan complimented the people for their good work. The report showed receipts amounting to $5,808.22 and expenditures of $4,909.87. During the past year, 23 people have been baptized, 45 confirmed and 38 taken their first communion.

Light Keeper Wales reported the thermometer at 7 below Saturday at Beavertail.

For the year 1911, Town Clerk Severance reports 22 births, 8 marriages and 20 deaths on the island.

Some idea of the thickness and extent of the ice in the west channel can be had from the fact that the crew of a schooner nearly half a mile off the north end of the island walked to and fro between the vessel and the shore Wednesday morning.

75 years ago

From the Newport daily News, Jan. 15, 1937

Thomas O’Connor of Green Lane and Robert Buchanan of Clinton Avenue have completed the CCC processing at Fort Adams. The former has been assigned to CCC camp at North Woodstock, N.H.. and the latter to Plymouth, Vt.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 16, 1937

The act establishing a permanent police force in the town will be presented to the General Assembly by the senator and representative.

Councilman Boone reported that blue prints of the proposed WPA breakwater project will be ready for presentation to the council at the next meeting.

Lewis W. Hull, superintendent of highways was authorized [at the Town Council meeting] to make necessary repairs to the power house, and cover ton the wall at the crusher, and also repair doors on the town hall and power wire extending from the old fire barn to the police station. From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 19, 1937

[Seven boys of the Thomas H. Clarke School] have received driving certificates, which permits them to receive automobile driving certificates at age 16, with further examination.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 22, 1962

The Jamestown School Committee, meeting Saturday, voted to purchase texts and materials for the language arts program, as recommended by Mts. Hermann N. Schaus, language arts teacher. Seventy-five textbooks will be purchased at an approximate cost of $160. Mrs. Schaus will teach in grades 3, 4 and 5 for 40 minutes once a week.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 16, 1987

Developers want town approval for an 11-house cluster development on 79 acres near Eldred Avenue and North Road. On. Dec. 31, Cedar Hill Farms Associates purchased the property from Thayer E. Keller (sic – should be Keeler) for $1.5 million. The property surrounds the site of the Newport Electric substation. From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 17, 1987

Jamestowner halfway home. Mike Plant in Sydney, leading Class 2 of BOC Race. From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 21, 1987

The Town Council Monday night reversed an earlier stand, voting to oppose construction of a highway ramp through Jamestown Brook.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Jan. 16, 1987

On Friday, Jan. 17, at 2:40 p.m., the 17-year reign of Superintendent/ Principal Phyllis C. Schmidt will come to an official end as the much loved Schmidt retires from the Jamestown School system.

Although Jamestown’s most recent town planner resigned last month, town officials have no intentions of doing away with the town planner position, but the job description that goes with the position may change. One problem with the planner position that concerns town officials is its high turnover rate. With a starting salary of $32,000, every planner the town has hired has moved on to a better paying job within a year or two.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Jan. 17, 2002

Officials work to ease impact of fishing fleet. Negative aspects of the Russian ships in the bay were seen Monday as a foreshadowing of the impact of a container port on bay communities. The anchorage options are regulated by the state Department of Environmental Management.

Russian ships to move from West Passage to Naval station anchorage.

Harbor panel lowers mooring fees. Total operating revenues were adjusted down to $126,456, roughly $70,000 less than what was projected on the preliminary draft. The decrease reflects the commission’s decision to lower mooring fees from $3 per foot to $2.80 per foot for residents and $5.60 per foot for commercial and non-residential moorings.

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