2012-04-12 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of April 12
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, April 12, 1912

One of the most enjoyable social affairs held on the island for years was given Tuesday evening by the members of Hose Company No. 2, in honor of the team’s winning the firemen’s silver whist trophy. The smaller dining room and dance hall of the Gardner House were tendered to the committee by Mr. and Mrs. N.S. Littlefield, and the members of the Fire Department and their families, to the number of about 125, were given a salad supper which was in every particular a success. The only decorations on the table were a fire extinguisher surmounted by the silver cup won by the whist team. After the supper the company went to the dance hall where they were augmented by about 75 more friends of the firemen, and dancing to music by Peckham’s orchestra was held until about 2 a.m.

Two searchlights have been added to the equipment at Fort Wetherill, one being of the larger type with a 3-foot reflector.

The road commission, by the order of the Town Council, has had the willow tree at the east end of Narragansett Avenue cut down and the stump removed.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 8, 1937

The Democratic Town Council, which served two years ago and was ousted last year, swept back into power Wednesday as the Democrats in Jamestown carried eight of the 11 contested offices in the annual town election. The Republicans took only three positions – director of public aid, town sergeant and tax assessor, winning the last post by a narrow margin of three votes. With voting machines used in a town election for the first time, the returns were available a half hour after the polls closed. From the Newport Daily News,

April 12, 1937

With an increase of $2,000 in the highway appropriation and $200 for advertising and a decrease of $100 for rental of a baseball field, less than 125 taxpayers at the annual Financial Town Meeting Saturday afternoon adopted the budget as otherwise recommended by the budget committee. The total was $115,484.32. (In a written ballot, $5,200 was approved for purchase of the 21-acre Sherman farm for a town park and recreation field by a vote of 98 to 23. It was also purchased “to prevent further desecration of the Indian burial ground thereon.”) A vote was passed that the Town Council investigate the terms and requirements of the Social Security Act.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 12, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council last night refused to grant two peddling licenses and a trailer permit at a regular meeting in the Town Hall. The Sports Car Club of Rhode Island was granted a request to hold its third annual time trials at Fort Getty on May 6. From the Newport Daily News,

April 12, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council adopted a $477,719 budget at a 4 1/2 hour meeting last night for submission to the annual Financial Town Meeting on May 7.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 9, 1987

(Photo caption) Shellfishermen shown at Jamestown Bridge area at Saunderstown side today after state Department of Environmental Management banned shellfishing in northern section of Narragansett Bay because of heavy rainfall. Ban is expected to end April 17. From the Newport Daily News,

April 10, 1987

In the latest controversy concerning the naming of the new Jamestown Bridge, the House committee passed a bill Thursday that would name the span the Giovanni de Verrazano Bridge– after the Italian explorer.

The School Committee is considering instituting a class level between kindergarten and first grade for developmentally impaired children.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 10, 1997

In her first open forum, Superintendent Frances Gallo opened the door to a vision for the future of the Jamestown School, and opened the floodgates for questions from the more than 200 parents in the audience.

At last Saturday’s Odyssey of the Mind State Championships, seven Jamestown teams competed and one team took a first-place slot, entitling them to compete at the world championships in June.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 11, 2002

The Playground Fund Committee for Melrose Avenue School had a hugely successful fundraising Sunday evening, bringing in more than $40,000 in auction bids. The sold-out crowd celebrated the cause with music, gourmet treats, and beer and wine.

Several teams of island students took prizes at Saturday’s Robotics Park event, held at the Peacedale Elementary School.

(Local and national officials gathered by the North Pond reservoir to thank Senator Jack Reed for securing federal funding for the new water pipeline. The nearcapacity water level was reached 90 days after the pipe went online on Jan. 4.)

The Town Council Monday in a 3-2 vote extended the lease of U.K. Sailmakers in the second floor of the town’s golf course building, but only for 18 months.

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