2013-02-21 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of February 21

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. 21, 1913

Only 67 of a total of nearly 100 voters took the trouble to cast their ballots at the special town meeting Saturday, although the polls remained opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both propositions were carried. On the electric street lighting question, upon which only taxpayers could vote, 60 were cast: 57 for and 3 against. On the question of changing the annual Financial Town Meeting, on which those on the registry could vote, 67 were cast: 47 for the change and 20 against. The proposition calls for the annual Financial Town Meeting to be held on the third Wednesday in April, instead of the third Wednesday in June. Two years ago the change was made from April to June.

Mr. I.H. Clarke and Arthur S. Clarke will install an artifi- cial ice plant at the Clarke ice houses on Southwest Avenue to manufacture ice for the coming season.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 18, 1938

Within the next week a representative of the United State Maritime Commission will arrive here from Washington to inspect Dutch Island as the possible site of a Merchant Marine Training School. Since the Merchant Marine Training School was first proposed, Jamestown officials have been active in advocating that Dutch Island, on which there are numerous buildings, be chosen for that site.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 22, 1963

The state, in an unexpected move, has revoked the per- mission it gave to Commerce Oil Corp. to build a pier off Jamestown for use in connection with a proposed refinery on that town. Without a pier, the $55 million refinery cannot come into being.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 19, 1988

Contractors for the new Jamestown Bridge have filed suit in Providence Superior Court to halt work until a financial dispute about cost overruns is settled.

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 22, 1988

The long road toward adopting a harbor ordinance will begin with a public forum Wednesday night. Meanwhile, tonight the Town Council will get a preview from the man appointed to oversee the process.

From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 23, 1988

The head of the Jamestown Bridge connector road advisory committee has warned the Town Council to keep negotiations open with the state and avoid polarized viewpoints about the road’s design.

The Jamestown Bridge is safe and proposed repairs are not needed because of serious structural problems, a state transportation engineer told the Town Council Monday.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 18, 1998

Town officials will soon send out notices alerting municipal water customers to a water-use alert and a water ban that will be in effect from March 1 to May 25.

The planning and development wing of the state Department of Environmental Management has received permission to hire architectural and engineering consultants for the development of a marine fisheries resource center to be located at Fort Wetherill.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 20, 2003

The town needs to make about $12 million in repairs to its water system, according to reports given to the Town Council as it sits as the board of water and sewer Commissioners.

Despite getting 16 inches of snow over the Presidents Day holiday, Jamestowners seemed to have suffered no major ill effects from this, the biggest storm since 1996.

This past weekend, the Russian fish storage and processing vessel finally arrived off the coast of Jamestown, where it will spend the next few months purchasing mackerel and herring from local East Coast fishermen.

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