2013-01-24 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of January 24
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, January 24, 1913

Mr. George Howland, who has been in Boston several days attending the poultry show, has returned to his home on Shore Road.

In the weekly shoot of the Diamond Spring Rifle Club Friday evening, nine members participated. George Harris made the high mark, 437.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 27, 1938

At the School Committee meeting it was reported that a contract had been signed with the Holy Ghost Society for the use of its hall for basketball, and that the boys were playing each Wednesday and the girls each Thursday afternoon.

Chief of Police Chester J. Greene was elected truant offi cer for the year.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 23, 1963

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, the state agency seeking to build the Newport Bay Bridge, would be abolished under a bill introduced in the state Senate yesterday. The authority has been opposed by many Jamestown residents because of its plan to finance the bridge by continuing tolls on the Jamestown Bridge and Mount Hope Bridge. No other plan of financing has been offered by their opponents who state that they do not oppose the proposed bridge itself, just the proposed fi- nancing.

Jamestown’s civil defense organization was frustrated last night in its plan to inform the citizenry on preparedness to meet disaster. Only nine persons, including the janitor, were present at a meeting arranged for an audience of 200 in the Jamestown School.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, January 25, 1988

The Federal Highway Administration has suggested an alternative land purchase proposal that may protect more wetlands from the new cross-island connector road. The plan could allow the state to buy some parcels south of the new road and east of the North Road, which town officials want to protect.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, January 22, 1998

School Committee Chairwoman Sirje Carl tried to open last Thursday’s meeting at the designated time of 7:30 p.m. but couldn’t – more than a dozen people were still lined up past the door waiting to sign the public forum list for an opportunity to speak on the subject of revising the school’s voucher policy.

In its final budget proposal to the Town Council Saturday morning, the Harbor Management Commission requested that the town “shelter” a $20,400 shortfall anticipated for fiscal 1998-99, which begins March 1.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, January 23, 2003

The drought in Rhode Island offi cially has ended. The state agency monitoring the lack of rain over the past year declared the drought over about two weeks ago because of the heavy rain fall in recent weeks.

Town Council President Guy Settipane said Tuesday that he expects the town will be able to keep the new budget increase under the state-mandated 5.5 percent if the state provides the town with an anticipated $400,000 in motor vehicle tax revenues. The council is working to trim the $6 million budget.

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