2013-03-07 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 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, March 7, 1913

A. Taylor has sold the large farm on the easterly side of the island, formerly known as the Wanton farm, and more recently as the John F. Carr farm. It has a long frontage at the water of Potter’s Cove, just south of Taylor’s Point, and runs back to the North Road. It contains 114 acres but the sale excludes portions of the Warburton Realty Company, the Friends’ Meetinghouse lot, the windmill, and the little cemetery at the northeast corner of the farm, where the remains of Caleb Carr, who was governor under the royal charter, now rests. The purchaser is Ernest Littlefield, who will conduct extensive farming operations there this season. Mr. Littlefield has just leased a large portion of his farm to the Jamestown Golf and Country Club.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 2, 1938

The fast Jamestown Townies were again victorious by slaughtering the Misfits of Fort Adams, 75-31, in a basketball game at the Holy Ghost hall in Jamestown.

From the Newport Daily News, March 4, 1938

Further discussion of Jamestown’s plan to have its own electric power plant took place during this week at a meeting of the Town Council, with John H. Nolan, assistant attorney general, who is the town’s attorney, and Arthur J. Sullivan, his associate.

At a meeting of the Jamestown chapter of the American Red Cross, it was reported that a class in Braille is to be organized here in Jamestown in co-operation with the state Department of Education.

From the Newport Daily News, March 5, 1938

At a meeting of the Town Council, the bids submitted by Arthur S. Clarke and E. Parker Armbrust for installing heat in the Town Hall were received and referred to the budget committee.

The firemen are holding a tournament of baseball, pinochle and pool Thursday evenings.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 4, 1963

More than 50 young people attended the record hop Saturday night at the Jamestown Boys’ Club.

From the Newport Daily News, March 5, 1963

An allocation of $18,171 to Jamestown School under the federal aid program for schools in defense areas was announced today by Sens. John O. Pastore and Claiborne Pell.

From the Newport Daily News, March 6, 1963

Pensions for three retired Jamestown Ferry employees were sought in bills introduced in the House yesterday. Included are pensions of $1,200 each for Harry Fillmore and Reuben Garlick, and $743.58 for Manuel Lewis.

From the Newport Daily News, March 7, 1963

The Jamestown School Committee last night authorized Superintendent Joseph P. Devine to plan a self-supporting summer school in Jamestown.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 1, 1988

A proposal was made at a Town Council work session to raise seasonal rates for a Fort Getty campsite from $1,000 to $1,100, overnight recreational vehicle sites from $10 to $12, and daily parking at both Fort Getty and the town beach at Mackerel Cove from $5 to $10.

Beginning April 1, Jamestown residents will be able to get their stickers to the town transfer station, Mackerel Cove beach and the Fort Getty recreation area through the mail. Two types of stickers will be offered. Jamestown residents currently pay $5 for a sticker, but the new full-access stickers will cost $25. An optional $5 sticker will provide access to only Fort Getty and Mackerel Cove.

From the Newport Daily News, March 8, 1988

Jamestown voters Monday voted down $300,000 to expand the police station into the recreation center lobby next door, but they approved spending $95,000 to upgrade the fire station, Town Hall and town offices. The Town Council had urged expanding the police station. The annual Financial Town Meeting was snarled for nearly two hours in parliamentary maneuvering that confused most of the 385 voters in the Jamestown School gymnasium.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 5, 1998

Voters took 44 minutes Monday to approve an $11.5 million budget for fiscal 1998-99 that increased the tax rate by 72 cents, from $14.42 to $15.13, for each $1,000 of property evaluation.

The Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall on an ordinance that will temporarily restrict the use of municipal water while the water tower is painted.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 6, 2003

Some 140 voters approved the $15.6 million combined school and general government budget and adopted five resolutions, including the change in the town’s fiscal year, at Monday’s annual Financial Town Meeting.

Thanks to the demolition of the Jamestown Bridge, Rhode Island will likely become the first New England state to utilize artificial reefs as a means of attracting marine life for fishermen and divers.

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