2012-03-08 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 8
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 8, 1912

The weekly shoot of the Diamond Spring Rifle Club was held Friday evening at the range on Southwest Avenue under unfavorable conditions. The thermometer stood at 20 degrees above zero but the high wind, which swept across the range, made it seem much colder. Many hurried their shooting rather than stand in the cold long enough to do their best.

A force of men is at work repairing the state road where it was undermined near Knowles Court by Monday night’s rain. A section of the tar macadam surface has caved in and will need to be repaired.

Small boys with marbles are the only indication of spring about the town. The thermometers were down to 12 degrees Monday and the feeling of snow in the air made it seem even colder than that.

The real estate agents predict a good season for the island this coming summer. Already a number of rentals have been reported and inquiries are more numerous than usual.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 6, 1937

At the regular meeting of the Town Council, Mrs. Marguerite Eddy, local chairwoman of the Women’s Field Army of the American Society for the Control of Cancer, addressed the council in regard to a new research movement and asked the council’s cooperation in local work. (The council endorsed the movement.)

It was voted that the report of Councilman Clarke, upon his communication with the mayor of Warwick, with reference to the suggestion that the towns and cities in Rhode Island assume more of the state’s unemployment relief problems, be received.

The public library will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays until further notice.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 10, 1937

The old barn on Clinton Avenue, for many years owned and operated by the late Perry Brown as a livery stable, now the property of Mrs. P.H. Horgan of Newport, is being razed.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 8, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council meeting at a budget committee last night considered a tentative highway department budget of $41,000, up $6,000 over last year. Principal increases were $2,000 for salaries, $1,500 for gas, oil and repairs, and $600 for sand and gravel.

James A. Gallagher, Jamestown Democrat, got quick action from the House yesterday when that body passed and sent to the Senate his resolutions to rebuild or relocate “Dead Man’s Curve” on East Shore Road and to install a push button traffic light at Narragansett Avenue and North Road.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 4, 1987

A state organization representing bed and breakfast establishments is concerned that a proposed Jamestown ordinance might be too restrictive on non-commercial B&Bs.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 5, 1987

Planning Board members once again expressed warm support for cluster zoning projects during a preliminary conference on a plan Wednesday night. (A drawing for a cluster-zoning plan for the 62.3 acres of the Viera [sic] Farm is included in the article.)

From the Newport Daily News,

March 10, 1987

A $9,700 surplus in the 1986- 87 Water Department budget may offset a projected $18,000 deficit for the upcoming budget and may lower a proposed water increase.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 6, 1997

Voters at Monday’s annual Financial Town Meeting approved a $10.6 million town government and school budget for fiscal 1997- 98 that will not increase the current tax rate of $14.42 for each $1,000 of property.

How the 200-foot freighter that ran aground at the northern tip of the island Sunday evening got loose from its Quonset Point dock is under investigation by the Coast Guard and the North Kingstown police.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 7, 2002

Around 250 voters turned out Monday night at the annual Financial Town Meeting to unanimously approve an $8,846,744 school budget and a $5,775,200 town government spending plan for the 2002- 03 fiscal year.

After more than three hours of public input last week on the Comprehensive Community Plan update, the Town Council continued the hearing to Monday, March 11, at the library at 7 p.m. Concerns about water protection, bike routes, and the possible creation of a new Public Zone in the plan kept the review lively at the Feb. 28 meeting.

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