2012-03-15 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 15
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 15, 1912

The two long-expected barges with coal arrived for the ferry company Friday night. One was leaking so badly that the tug is obliged to remain alongside to pump to keep the water down.

A tow of barges came near being in trouble during the fog off Shoreby Hill this morning. It is not known if they grounded or not, but at one time they were close in shore, the tug succeeding in hauling them out to a safe anchorage.

The attendance at the supper at memorial hall Tuesday evening by the women of the Central Baptist Church was small, on account of the weather.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 15, 1937

At the Central Baptist Church Sunday morning, a dedication service was held when the new hymnbooks were dedicated.

From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1937

Mr. and Mrs. William D. Eddy have returned from White Plains, N.Y., where they attended a recital by Nelson G. Eddy before an audience of 6,000. From the Newport Daily News,

March 17, 1937

The school budget for 1938, to be presented to the Town Council and Financial Town Meeting, was $36,033; for 1937 it was $37,306. Anticipated revenues were $28,200. From the Newport Daily News,

March 19, 1937

The recreation business girls’ basketball team conquered the Jamestown girls Thursday evening, 35-12, in a game played at the Rogers High School gymnasium.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

March 13, 1962

Jamestown taxpayers are faced with a $5,000 increase in minimum water rates on fire hydrants, it was announced at last night’s Jamestown Town Council meeting. Due to the recent increase in water rates granted the Jamestown Water Company by the state public utilities administrator and approved by the state Supreme Court, the cost to the town will be $15,200 for fire protection. The figure for the year ending Feb. 28, 1961 was $10,200.

Jamestown closed out the Newport County Boys Club Junior Basketball League season with a perfect 10-0 record Saturday as it stormed to a 68-8 win over the Fifth Ward at Webster Gymnasium.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

March 12, 1987

In an executive session Monday, the Town Council voted to try and swap land to move the town ambulance building next to the fire station. From the Newport Daily News,

March 17, 1987

A quick shuffle here and a small reduction there resulted in a balanced Water Department budget that will not drain residents of a single penny more in the next fiscal year. From the Newport Daily News,

March 19, 1987

Developers who want to turn a 68-acre farm into 28 housing units will have to satisfy several unanswered questions if they hope to get Planning Board approval. (Concerns included boundaries of wetlands, road widths, open spaces, water quality; the board favors cluster zoning.)

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 13, 1997

A suit brought against the town by the second-lowest bidder on a pier repair job at East Ferry has been dropped, but the starting date for the project has now been pushed back to late fall.

The Town Council is considering building a new public works garage on the sewage treatment plant site at Taylor Point. Council members voted 4-0 to spend $2,000 to have an engineer look at the limits of wetlands and coastal feature buffers the location may require.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 14, 2002

After listening to public comments that at Monday’s meeting went beyond 11 p.m., the Town Council voted 4-1 to pass the Harbor Management Commission’s $257,406 budget and to reduce the 2002-03 mooring rates by 30 percent.

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