2012-02-09 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of February 9

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, Feb. 9, 1912

The ice in Dutch Island Harbor broke up Friday and considerable quantities went to sea.

By noon the government’s boat and Schade’s launch were able to make trips to between Fort Greble and the West Ferry after being shut out for a week.

At the dance given Monday evening by those connected with St. Mark Church in The Gardner House hall, music was furnished by McClosky’s orchestra of Newport.

There was a large attendance, a number coming from Newport and Steamer Conanicut being chartered for the occasion.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 8, 1937

At the grange whist party held Saturday evening 10 tables were played.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 11, 1937

The Jamestown girls’ basketball team held a dance Tuesday evening, with Bowen’s orchestra furnishing music. The proceeds will be given to the Red Cross relief fund. From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 12, 1937

The position of police chief in Jamestown would be made a permanent post under terms of a bill that the state Senate approved Thursday. The purpose of making the chief of police a permanent post, it was reported in Jamestown today, was to take the job out of politics.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 12, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council last night declared itself opposed to the proposed Newport Bay Bridge as planned by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Notice from the government that surplus property – a portion of Dutch Island Light Station and a portion of property near the old Conanicut Park dock – would be up for sale, was referred to the Planning Board for further investigation.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 10, 1987

The property tax rate would increase 39 cents if voters approve the $4.92 million budget recommended by the Town Council. The tax increase represents a 2.7 percent raise in the property tax rate, which is presently $14.35 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Pressure from town officials has apparently doomed any chance of a compromise agreement between state agencies concerning the cross-island bridge-connector road before tonight’s public hearing. The R.I. Department of Transportation and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management had been at odds over the impact of the promised road to wetlands on the island. DEM had denied DOT’s initial application for a permit to alter the wetlands, forcing a public hearing on the request.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 6, 1997

Former administrator slams council’s decision to extend municipal water district. (The proposed subdivision included 10 lots and was called Mackerel Cove Heights.)

Sailor and certified cold water diver, William Geib of West Warwick, has requested permission of the Coastal Resources Management Council to lease space in the bay 1.4 miles off the shore of Watson Farm Beach (for an aquaculture project).

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 7, 2002

Voters at the upcoming Financial Town Meeting will be asked to approve the purchase of land and a two-family house in the village for $269,000.

The subject of how to replace the departing superintendent will be the focus of a special School Committee meeting at 7 p.m.

The largest real estate transaction for a single-family home in Jamestown occurred Jan. 25 – the selling price: $3,950,000. (The waterfront property was on East Shore Road.)

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