2013-02-07 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 7
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, Feb. 7, 1913

The call for a special town meeting to be held Feb. 18 includes only two questions to be acted upon – the matter of street lighting by electricity and that of changing the annual town meeting from the third Wednesday in June to the first Wednesday in April.

No more scarlet fever cases having developed in any but the families under quarantine. The schools reopen Monday.

The members of the P.H. Society were entertained at Dutch whist Thursday evening.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 2, 1938

The Jamestown Townies defeated Hanley’s from Newport, 58-40, Tuesday evening at the Holy Ghost Hall in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 5, 1938

There will be a stereopticon lecture on “The Life of David Livingston” at the Central Baptist Church Sunday evening.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 8, 1938

The board of governors of the Beavertail Golf and Country Club in Jamestown has accepted with regret the resignation of Allen P. Chase, manager of the club. Mr. Chase, a graduate of Rhode Island State College, came to Jamestown 11 years ago to supervise the building of the golf course at Beavertail Country Club. As the club expanded and added a new clubhouse and tennis courts, Mr. Chase was appointed manager, secretary and treasurer, and a member of the board of governors. He has served four years as a member of the Town Council and has been appointed by Gov. Quinn as a member of one his commissions.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 2, 1963

Duplicate bills were introduced in the House and Senate yesterday to appropriate funds to give employees of the Jamestown Ferry a pay increase of 10 percent, with an additional 10 cents for those employed between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night at a special session unanimously and “whole heartedly” endorsed the Jamestown Town Council’s letter to Gov. Chafee opposing the plan of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to use tolls from both the Mount Hope Bridge and the Jamestown Bridge to help finance the proposed Newport Bay Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 7, 1963

Arnold-Zweir Post, American Legion, of Jamestown, voted in the recreation center last night to purchase a “welcome to Jamestown” sign and a “drive carefully” sign for Eldred Avenue.

The Jamestown School Committee last night supported the proposal that a vocational education facility be established at Rogers High School.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 2, 1988

Money to expand the police station will be included in Jamestown’s next town budget. It will add about $300,000 to the 1988-89 budget proposal.

(Photo caption) Carpenters work Monday on Jamestown’s new Bay View Condominium project at Conanicus and Narragansett avenues.

Only about 30 residents braved the weather Tuesday night to learn more about a proposed $3.25 million addition to the Jamestown School. The $3.25 million bond issue will be on the ballot at the Financial Town Meeting March 7.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 5, 1998

Everybody at Monday’s informational workshop on establishing a land bank, funded by a real estate transfer tax, to purchase and preserve open space agreed on one thing: open space, farmland, natural habitat and water sheds should be protected from development. What people disagreed about was how to raise the money needed to buy that land.

Coming on the heels of the recent elimination of tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge, the local legislators are proposing toll relief for commuters on the Newport Bridge as well. A roll of commuter tokens would be reduced from $10 to $8.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 6, 2003

In an effort to get some control over sharply rising high school tuition costs – an increase of some $333,000 in next year’s budget – the School Committee last month asked Superintendent Katherine Sipala to make inquiries of other public high schools in the area to see if any of them would be interested in educating Jamestown’s approximately 200 students. It was reported that both Narragansett and Middletown responded favorably.

The state Coastal Resources Management Council last week voted 7-2 that Jamestown’s High Street is a public right-of-way to the water. The decision has been more than five years in the making.

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