2012-04-26 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of April 26
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.

From the Newport Journal, April 26, 1912

The final debate of the Fire Department members for the winter was held in the Town Hall Monday evening. The number of speakers was small, but the audience was the largest of the series, a good percentage being women. The question, “Resolved, that women should have the right to vote,” was won by the affirmative.

The members of the Bayside Club entertained their wives at a turkey supper at the Gardner House Thursday evening, the tables being set in the smaller dining room. After the supper, the party adjourned to the dancing hall where they were joined by about 75 young friends of the members, and dancing was held until midnight.

The first shipment of lobsters by the local fishermen was made Saturday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 24, 1937

The tent caterpillar egg mass eradication campaign closed at noon Friday at the Thomas H. Clarke School and money prizes supplied by the garden club were distributed. About 3,150 egg masses were collected and destroyed this spring, and 5,100 were destroyed in the campaign last fall.

From the Newport Daily News, April 27, 1937

Federal inspectors today were completing their examina- tion of the crews of the three boats of the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company to certify them in accordance with new marine laws regarding fitness and ability. To date, all the men examined have passed with flying colors. (There were about 40 employees tested.) From the Newport Daily News,

April 29, 1937

[At the School Committee meeting] graphs were shown, as prepared by the eighth-grade students, showing how the tardiness in the schools has decreased from 550 in 1933 to 225 in 1937. The playground apparatus was given as a reason for the children being on the school grounds before the last bell.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 21, 1962

The gross revenue of the Jamestown Bridge was up $1,208.95 for the first 19 days of April, as compared to the same period last year. John R. Foley, acting manager, reported that he had approved proofs for three advertisements in the Salt Water Sportsman’s Magazine at a cost of $18. From the Newport Daily News,

April 24, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council last night set May 21 as the date for a public hearing to discuss potential uses of Fort Wetherill. From the Newport Daily News,

April 27, 1962

Jamestown Fire Warden Arthur S. Clarke last night issued a warning that anybody starting fires in the open will be liable to arrest.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 21, 1987

Heritage Cable Vision will begin installing a receiving dish in May to bring cable television to Jamestown. From the Newport Daily News,

April 28, 1987

The Town Council Monday night continued a request to move houses to Jamestown by barge until the prospective developer could supply more specific information. (The developer wanted to buy former naval officers homes at Quonset Point and move them by barge to other Rhode Island cities and towns.)

The council passed a resolution calling on the state to retain the name Jamestown Bridge for the span being built to replace the 45-year-old Jamestown Bridge.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 24, 1997

Talks have begun that will eventually lead to the return of artifacts, now in the library’s Sydney L. Wright Museum, to the Narragansett Indian tribe. The museum, dedicated in 1971, currently houses nine display cases of artifacts, most of which were unearthed during a late 1960s excavation of a prehistoric cremation burial site and a mid-17th century Narragansett Indian burial site on the Jamestown School grounds.

Jamestown’s third annual TV Turn-Off Week, April 24-30, offi- cially starts today.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 25, 2002

The Town Council Monday continued the public hearing on proposed zoning map changes to its next meeting, May 13, after a little more than two hours of mostly opposition to how the proposal would impact Lot 47, which has become notorious as a possible site for a highway barn.

Island volunteers picked up more than 3,300 pounds of trash Saturday while helping to celebrate Earth Day.

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