2012-11-22 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 21
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, Nov. 22, 1912

That electric lights will be at the disposal of the households of the town during the coming year seems to be assured. At the meeting of the Town Council next Monday, two propositions will be submitted for a franchise, one from a Providence concern to build and install an electric lighting plant within the town, the other from the Bay Side Company, which will, if granted the exclusive franchise, run a duplicate cable from the power plant in Newport.

More than the usual dissatisfaction is expressed in regard to the taxes recently assessed, and it is understood that an effort is being made to secure the services of the state tax commission to take some action to adjust the complaints.

Lighter Archer of Fall River is in with a deck load of building material consigned to several contractors at work on numerous new cottages.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 18, 1937

West ferry service from Jamestown to Saunderstown, providing a more direct route by automobile between Newport and New York, will be continued through the winter months instead of being suspended. In announcing the continuance of the ferry service, Charles H. Brooks, general manager, said it was being done for the benefit of the surrounding territory and for others interested in the continuance of Route 138. The state public utilities division requested that the ferry be continued. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 22, 1937

About 3,000 persons in Newport, Jamestown, Middletown and Portsmouth are totally unemployed and want work, partially employed and want more work, or on federal or state relief projects, the Federal Unemployment Census, which closed at midnight Saturday, revealed. Jamestown reported a total of 135 unemployed. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 24, 1937

Joseph De Soite has commenced wrecking operations on the Albert Caswell cottage at the junction of Conanicus Avenue and Brook Street.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 22, 1962

The Jamestown Bridge Commission at a special meeting last night awarded insurance bids on the bridge, for property damage and occupancy, to Meredith and Clarke Inc. Stearns Farms Inc. was awarded the insurance bond on employees. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 24, 1962

Jamestown Bridge revenue was 28 percent less the first 22 days of November, compared to the same period last year, John B. Foley, bridge manager, reported. He attributed bad weekend weather as the principal cause for the drop. Another reason was a reduction in tolls put into effect last year. Damage to the toll house, caused Nov. 9 by a truck, will be paid through insurance. A $25 safe has been purchased for use with a deposit chute for toll collectors.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 19, 1987

A subcommittee of the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council told the Jamestown Town Council Wednesday night to take its controversial harbor ordinance back to the drawing board.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 20, 1997

While most private wells on the island’s north end have good water quality, a written report presented to the Town Council indicates that a potential for contamination does exist in wells in the Jamestown Shores.

Two groups will go before the Zoning board of Review on Nov. 25 to ask for a special-use permit to divide the second floor of the Jamestown Country Club into space for two businesses. The two groups were East Passage Sailmakers and the town’s Recreation Department.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 21, 2002

A special meeting of the Town Council may be conducted Dec. 2 to vote on the site and size for a new highway barn.

The state Department of Environmental Management should have a permit for the Russian processing ship MY Dauriya to anchor – or possibly even dock – somewhere in Narragansett Bay within the next two weeks.

The Jersey barriers that have been a fixture on the Jamestown Bridge for the past few months will begin coming off as early as tonight, according to an engineer with the state Department of Transportation. The DOT finished replacing the modular expansion joints in the slow travel lanes last week and poured concrete around the joints Nov. 14 to seal them in place.

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