2012-03-01 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 1
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, March 1, 1912

In Thursday’s gale, three schooners grounded on the island. The Thomas L. James of New York, a three-master, was driven on the beach on the west side, north of the creek on Watson Farm. The vessel was light and was driven so far on shore that at low tide Friday the crew could walk ashore.

The postponed smoker and debate of the fire department was held in station No. 1 Monday evening. The question – “Is capital punishment justifiable?” – was decided to have been won by the negative side.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 1, 1937

Department Commander Lawrence A. Mooney has received several requests from veterans to institute a new post in Jamestown. Chief of Staff James A. Donahue has deputized John A. O’Brien to make plans for forming a post. Twenty-five names have already been signed in the application.

From the Newport Daily News, March 3, 1937

The Home Demonstration Extensions club held an allday meeting Tuesday. There was a large attendance. The subject for the day was “Fish Cookery.” The hostess served luncheon.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 6, 1962

The Jamestown School Committee’s proposed budget of $246,496 for the coming year will require $169,124 from local taxes, which is only $547 more than last year. In compiling its figure, the committee considered the $10,122.34 estimated balance, $47,000 in state aid and $250 from dog taxes. From the Newport Daily News,

March 7, 1962

The winter’s worst gale slammed into the Newport area overnight. The Jamestown ferry missed three trips last night at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30, and three trips this morning principally because of the unusually high tide at the Jamestown slip which received the full force of the wind.

The Navy has advised Congress it no longer needs most of the 61.5 acres of the former harbor defense unit, Fort Wetherill. The Navy said it plans to keep 10.5 acres for a “special project.”

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

March 2, 1987

A propane-propelled fire raged at the touchdown dock for the new Jamestown Bridge Sunday evening causing an estimated $20,000 worth of damage that will set back bridge construction “about three to four weeks.” From the Newport Daily News,

March 4, 1987

The town received 14 proposals to lease the Jamestown Country Club and expect to make an award in about two weeks. Most of the proposals were from local groups and only two were from out-of-state groups. Five bids were received from Jamestown groups, one from Middletown, one from Newport, and one from Portsmouth. Proposals were also submitted by two groups from Narragansett, one from Coventry, one from Providence, one from Groton, Conn., and one from Missoula, Mo.

The town will receive a $15,000 Coastal Community Assistance grant to help restore Mackerel Cove.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 27, 1997

A suit brought against the town has stalled a $246,000 two-part project that would repair East Ferry’s steel pier and the bulkhead at nearby Veteran’s Square.

The original nickel-plated bronze eagle has been returned to be replaced atop the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department’s antique steam fire engine from where it was taken some 40 years ago.

The source of a small oil spill off the Jamestown Shores beach late last December has been traced to a Russian fish-processing ship Novatar that until last Friday was anchored in the West Passage south of the Jamestown Bridge.

Plans to remodel the Cumberland Farms store on North Main Road were approved by the Planning Commission last week.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 28, 2002

The Planning Commission agreed at its Feb. 20 meeting to send a letter to the Town Council recommending that the current Narragansett Electric Co. cable project proposal “is not one we look on favorably.” The commission comments on the project were solely from an aesthetic point of view.

Non-hunters dominated the audience Monday as the Town Council ratified the purchase of 30 acres on the island’s north end for conservation. Hunting was one of several intense issues discussed at the session.

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