2013-01-10 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of January 10
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, Jan. 10, 1913

The island has experienced the hardest southwest gale during the past 24 hours that can be recalled for years. It seemed so strong that some damage would be done, especially to the many cottages being built and only partially closed in. So far as reported this morning, no damage resulted except the blowing down of fences and other small matters, which would be expected in a moderate blow.

Mrs. C.E. Weeden has returned from Boston. Her son Alfred is reported as comfortable and, if he continues to improve, he will not be operated on for appendicitis until later.

Ferdinand Armbrust has sold Mr. Harry E. Shatzer his garage on Narragansett avenue, with about 5,000 square feet of land.

The poles have arrived in Newport for the Jamestown electric lights.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 7, 1938

Walter L. Marley, janitor at the fire station, with one of the department’s ladders, and the assistance of Alanson Thayer, rescued a kitten that had been marooned for two days in one of the trees on the Jay Watson estate on Narragansett Avenue.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 10, 1938

The town team conquered the Newport Friars, 33-26, at the Holy Ghost Hall, Jamestown, Sunday afternoon, chalking up its fifth successive victory.

A number of young people from Jamestown attended the Rhode Island State-Brown basketball game in Kingston Saturday.

From the Newport Daily News, December 12, 1938

The High Street WPA project, which has been under construction for some time, is open to traffic from Walcott Avenue to Clinton Avenue.

Mr. William D. Eddy has recently returned from a threeweek stay in Hollywood, where he was the guest of his son, Nelson Eddy.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 10, 1963

At the School Committee meeting, in a protracted discussion on homework policy, Fred C. Clarke, chairman, referred to minutes of the School Committee last Aug. 8, noting that homework was to be assigned “as needed” and for “mental exercise.”

The Jamestown Lions Club meeting at the country club on Tuesday discussed plans for the Jamestown Lions charter night in March. This will be the 10th anniversary of the club’s organization.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 12, 1988

Dennis Nixon, an attorney specializing in marine affairs, hopes public participation will produce a Jamestown harbor ordinance, which twice before has been rejected.

Floor plans for upgrading the Jamestown Police Station were reviewed Monday night. The police station and the recreation center share the same building. The lobby would be moved to the south side of the building facing Union Street. A 50-by 24-foot addition would be constructed. The plan also includes construction of a “sallyport” on the north side of the building. The garage-sized, electronically locked addition would allow police to drive inside a secured area to load and unload prisoners. The cost was estimated at $300,000.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 8, 1998

The Town Council Tuesday began reviewing a proposed $4.9 million town government budget for fiscal 1998-99, up about $80,000, or 1.6 percent from last year’s spending plan.

Sixty-five species of birds were observed on the 14th annual Conanicut Island Christmas Bird Count held Saturday, Dec. 27th. Among the most notable and exciting were razorbills and a beautiful king eider at Beavertail. Four snow geese were spotted among the large flocks of Canada geese. Four species of hawks were seen, including a peregrine falcon that had been seen so often recently on the Jamestown Bridge.

The Jamestown School Committee met last week for its first public hearing on the 1998-99 school budget, which is 9.13 percent higher than the current year’s.

As they have for the last 22 years, the penguins made their annual Jamestown plunge for charity on New Year’s Day, and Rhode Island’s Special Olympics reaped over $25,000 in pledged plunge funds.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 9, 2003

Robert Ballou, chief of staff for the state Department of Environmental Management, said earlier this week that the operation of the Russian fish holding vessel MV Dautiya “will be very different from the last year.” The department will impose quiet hours on the vessel between midnight and 6 a.m.

The very tall crane floating on the barge in East Ferry is part of a repair project to the steel pier there. The construction, which consists of new vinyl sheeting and a concrete wall on the east face of the dock, is part of a larger project that began in 1997 to rebuild the seawall adjacent to Memorial Park and pier that Conanicut Marine Services leases from the town.

The town has begun septic system inspections that become mandatory next month under the recently adopted Wastewater Management Ordinance.

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