2013-02-14 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 14
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. 14, 1913

Alton Mosher, fireman on the west bay line of the ferry company, received a reward of $5 Friday evening for throwing a bear in a wrestling match at the Newport Opera House.

The first of the firemen’s series of debates was held Monday evening in Engine Station No. 1. The attendance was not large but the debate was interesting. The question – “Resolved, that the annual Financial Town Meeting shall be changed from June to April” – was won by the negative side by a narrow margin.

A free stereopticon lecture was given Monday evening at the Town Hall under the direction of the Jamestown antituberculosis committee. There was a good-sized gathering.

Two stories of the new Thorndike have been boarded in and the work of raising the frame for the two upper stories commenced Friday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 9, 1938

Monday evening the Golden Eagle Patrol met at the home of its leader, John Olman Thayer, at West End ferry, to listen to the Scout broadcast of President Roosevelt, followed by a meeting.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 14, 1938

Manuel Vieira of Luther Street returned Saturday from a two months stay in the Azores. He visited his mother, who is now 77 years old and living in Fayall [sic], and also visited relatives in St. Michaels.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 15, 1938

James Stewart, caretaker of the T.B. Stork estate on the East Shore Road, reports that a large white owl had recently appeared on the place and is making himself quite at home.

The Jamestown and Newport Radio bowling team, under the management of Dr. P.J. Lynam, met the Amateur Radio Club at Newport Saturday evening, the Providence team winning 6-2.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 12, 1963

At the Town Council meeting, a dance license was granted to Captain Kidd’s 4-H Club for a dance on Feb. 21 at Holy Ghost Hall. A dance license was granted the Holy Ghost Society for March 2, and a 24-hour alcoholic beverage license was granted the society for the same date. A request from Chief Smyth for $1,500 to be included in the town building fund, to be acted upon at the Financial Town Meeting, for detention facilities at the present police station, by relocating the kitchen and storage at the recreation center, was received and referred to the Budget Committee.

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 19, 1963

The Jamestown Town Council last night agreed to present the $60,000 Town Hall and civic center plan to Jamestown voters at the May Financial Town Meeting. If this plan fails to be approved by the voters, the council would present the plan for a town barn to house equipment and for overhauling.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 9, 1988

The Town Council unanimously approved a $5.7 million town budget Monday night which, if approved by voters, would raise the property tax rate by 35 cents.

The Town Council wants the state to include a completed drainage plan for the new bridge-connector road in its environmental impact statement.

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 17, 1988

Because completion of the new Jamestown Bridge is delayed until at least 1991, federal highway offi- cials have agreed to help repair the current bridge.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 12, 1998

The search for a skate park site continued at Monday’s Town Council session. A group of parents calling themselves Jamestown Friends of Skaters have dropped a parcel of land next to the police station from their list of possible sites, and may look at the potential of the town-owned field on East Shore Road as a new location.

Town officials this week released printed copies of the $11.6 million combined town government and school budget for fiscal 1998-99, as is required by the Town Charter. If voters OK the proposed spending package, the tax hike will increase from the current $14.42 to $15.20 for each thousand dollars of property valuation, up 5.4 percent, but just under the state-mandated 5.5 percent annual spending cap. Jamestown’s tax rate has not increased since 1996, when the rate decreased by 15 cents from $14.57 to $14.42.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 13, 2003

After approving a number of amendments, the Town Council Monday adopted a High Groundwater Table Ordinance that it offi- cially started 16 months ago.

Copies of budgets that voters will be asked to approve at the annual Financial Town Meeting for fiscal 2003-04 have been made available by town officials. The town government and school budgets combined represent a total request for $15,590,052.

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