2012-03-22 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 22
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 22, 1912

Friday’s storm did much damage to the roads, sidewalks and gutters all over the island, the rainfall being one of the heaviest known. The high wind blew down fences and loose shingles, and chimneys also suffered.

The monthly meeting of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was held at the home of Mrs. Clifford Willis on Narragansett Avenue. After the routine business, arrangements were made to hold a mother’s meeting at an early date and also to celebrate the anniversary of Neal Dow, by appropriate exercises, Wednesday, March 20.

Barge Snipe has completed discharging coal for the ferry company, which has now about 1,000 tons on hand, suffi- cient for about three months.

A smoker and debate was held by the Fire Laddies (sic) Debating Club. The question, “Should women vote?” was well presented. The negative side was awarded the decision of having presented the best argument.

Seed potatoes for the farmers are arriving daily and about the summer cottages trees and hedges are being trimmed and the buildings put in order.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 25, 1937

The March meeting of the School Committee was held Tuesday evening. Chairman Albert A. Boone reported additional work on repairs and improvements for the summer. A cabinet for the home economics room was discussed. Dr. P.J. Lyman was temporarily engaged to fill in as school physician until the return of Dr. Ecroyd. Superintendent Bradley reported the conditions of the schools, as found by the governor’s committee of inspection of public buildings. The committee inspecting the schools consisted of Fire Chief Jesse C. Tefft and Chief of Police Chester J. Green. Recommendations were made for the storing of floor oil.

Mrs. Alton Head was hostess at the Mid-Week Whist Club Wednesday afternoon. A turkey dinner was served after which cards were played.

St. Mark’s Altar Circle No. 5 met Tuesday evening with Mrs. Anthony Miller of Clinton Avenue. Bridge was played.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 20, 1962

Governor Nolte visited Jamestown yesterday in carrying out his announced plan to travel the state over to permit people to present their problems to him. Highlight of the governor’s stay was assurance that he would “absolutely” support a bill giving ferry employees severance pay when a Newport Bay Bridge is erected.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 22, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council meeting as a budget committee last night received from the School Committee a budget of $246,496. This is an increase of $7,381 over last year. This year’s increase, Clarke explained, is due mainly to costs of tuition for town pupils attending out-of-town schools.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 24, 1987

The Jamestown Council voted unanimously Monday night to lease the golf course portion of the Jamestown Country Club to a former Rhode Island man, but only after a few divots were smoothed over about the selection process. Joseph Paul Mistowski, formerly of Coventry, won the lease for the golf course with a $30,000 bid. The lease to operate the restaurant went to a Jamestown resident Charles Carstens with a $36,000 bid.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 25, 1987

The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority reported revenues up by $151,052 or 3.5 percent for the last half of 1986 on the Newport and Mount Hope Bridges, as compared with the same six-month period in 1985. More than 4.8 million vehicles crossed the two bridges in the last half of 1986, about 500,000 less than during the same period in 1985.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 20, 1997

Landowners outside the town water district with frontage on a town watermain will now have to prove they cannot locate a usable well on their property before they can hook into the municipal water system.

Town officials have applied for $5 million in federal and state money for upgrade projects on two state roads and the purchase of land for a downtown parking lot.

(The first St. Daddy’s Day Race took place with 183 runners.)

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 21, 2002

The Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners approved the 2002-03 town water budget Tuesday night, and Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford said the budget of $868,105 included $250,000 in federal grant money received to install the underground pipeline along North Main Road.

Using names of interested teachers and community members, the School Committee Monday night formed the committee that will help hire the town’s new school superintendent.

One of the two remaining Russian fish-processing ships, the FV Kapitan Gorbachev, will depart the West Passage of the bay by Monday, March 25.

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