2012-02-23 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 23
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, Feb. 23, 1912

Considerable excitement was caused about the town Tuesday afternoon when a telephone call came from the Dumplings for the police. Some one had broken into the I.H. Clothier cottage and was still within the building while the caretaker and several others were keeping a watch on the exits.

The ice about the wharf at the West Ferry has broken up and drifted out to sea, and boats to and from Fort Greble are again able to run, after a week’s tie-up, the third of the winter. The thawing out of the water main on ferry wharf was completed Tuesday only to find that it had burst in pieces and will need to be re-laid.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 23, 1937

The Washington’s birthday costume ball held at the grange hall Saturday evening under the auspices of the Grange Home Economics Committee was largely attended. Many were attired in costumes and prizes were awarded both men and women. Bowen’s orchestra played for dancing.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 26, 1937

The Jamestown Fire Department held a bridge, whist and pinochle party at the fire station Thursday evening, when nine tables were played.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 23, 1962

Nine possible sites for Civil Defense depots in Jamestown have been chosen, in a survey made by a Providence architectural firm, which completed phase 1 of the CD program.

It is expected that more than one shelter will be required, and each will be stocked with food enough to last two weeks. This is expected to arrive early in March. Sufficient food for 10 percent of the total population is expected.

Ninety attended the Catholic Organization dance at St. Mark Church in Jamestown last night. The top 50 records were played.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 27, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council last night accepted the invitation of the Planning Board to hold a joint meeting on March 8. The Planning Board made three requests of the council. One was the request to have a bill submitted to the General Assembly changing the present fiscal year from March 1 to July 1, in accordance with state and federal periods. The board also asks that the Financial Town Meeting in May start at 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. It also recommended that that resolution 14 which was proposed last May, dealing with zoning, be resubmitted at the next Financial Town Meeting. The validity of the current resolution was questioned.

The Jamestown Town Council last night gave the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company authorization to explore the potentials and possibilities of a Newport Bay Bridge.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 24, 1987

The Town Council questioned aspects of a proposed bed and breakfast ordinance Monday and sent it back to The Planning Board for more work.

For the next two months all town meetings will be held at the Jamestown School because of extensive renovations to the Town Hall. (The renovation includes building a new stone wall on the Narragansett Avenue side of the building and the town clerk’s office will be moved out into what is now the meeting hall area.) From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 25, 1987

A state official said Tuesday that keeping part of the old Jamestown Bridge as a fishing pier could cause “very serious delays” in the Route 138 construction project. From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 27, 1987

Passenger traffic across the Newport Bridge was up slightly in January over the previous January. Total traffic counts for the current fiscal year show that Newport Bridge traffic is up in 1986-87 (3,467,652) from the comparable period in 1985-86 (3,232,713).

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 20, 1997

Town officials will not rescind their decision to grant town water hookups to a subdivision with nine lots outside the municipal water district, but they may require borderline landowners to prove a need for town water before granting tieins in the future.

Of the state’s 39 communities, Jamestown and 21 other municipalities will receive no increase in state aid for education for the 1998 fiscal year.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 21, 2002

The North Pond reservoir is 3.5 feet below the spillway, despite pumping 300,000 gallons of water a day from the South Pond reservoir through the new pipeline.

The Town Council agreed Tuesday to conduct a public hearing March 11 on whether to lower mooring fees in conjunction with the Harbor Management Commission’s proposed $257,406 budget for fiscal 2002-03.

The Town Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the library to consider and vote on the adoption of the Comprehensive Community Plan update as recommended by the Planning Commission.

Return to top