2013-03-14 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 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, March 14, 1913

The men at work on the electric light poles are making good headway and from present indications the company will be ready to furnish current before the contract date, July 1.

The firemen’s debating society held forth at Station 1 Monday evening. The question, “Resolved, that a certain standard of educational and property qualification should be necessary to vote,” was won by the negative. The affirmative side was weakened by nonappearance of several of the debaters, while the negatives were out in full force.

Owing to the short time before the opening of the summer business, Mr. Horgan has decided he will cover the new Thorndike with a flat roof, instead of the gambrel as first proposed. This is regarded as unfortunate, as a flat roof will hurt the appearance of the building, whereas the gambrel would make a handsome structure and add to the appearance of the approach to the town.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 10, 1938

At the Jamestown Board of Trade meeting it was voted that the secretary get in communication with Mr. Thorndike of the N.Y.N.H. and Hartford Railroad Company to ascertain information regarding transportation between Kingston and Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, March 17, 1938

James Howard Bowen II has been appointed local chairman of the General Wildlife Federation by the state director. Any of the local organizations wishing to participate in the National Wildlife Restoration week activities may do so by communicating with the local chairman.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 12, 1963

How much does it cost the state to make up the James- town Ferry deficit? This is a lively subject of dispute between Francis G. Dwyer, chairman of the state Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which is seeking the construction of the Newport Bay Bridge, and John B. Foley, Jamestown Bridge manager, who is opposed to any move by the authority to build a bridge.

Town Solicitor Daniel J. Murray told the Town Council last night that he and Sen. Francis R. Costa are working to clear the title to town-owned property on Taylor’s Point through the state legislature. He indicated that close to $25,000 in back taxes are due on the property.

From the Newport Daily News, March 13, 1963

Bills creating a commission to study and recommend solutions of the flooding situation on Beavertail Road were introduced in both branches of the General Assembly yesterday.

An amendment to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Act, that would give Jamestown the toll-free Jamestown Bridge it seeks and also eliminate the need of a statewide referendum on the Newport Bay Bridge construction, was introduced by Newport legislators in the General Assembly today.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 14, 1988

Talks will resume this week in a dispute between the state Department of Transportation and the contractor for the Jamestown Bridge replacement span, a lawyer for the state said this morning.

From the Newport Daily News, March 18, 1988

Legislation submitted by Rep. Norma B. Willis would give Rhode Island voters the last word on what the new Jamestown Bridge should be named.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 12, 1998

Monday the town started using water brought over from North Kingstown through the emergency pipeline that was built by the National Guard after the summer drought of 1993, when North Pond reservoir almost went dry.

Cluster home plan approved for Mackerel Cove Heights. The road is long for developers in Jamestown, as James and John Quattrochi can attest. They have been at their 9-acre Mackerel Cove Heights project now for over 10 years. The original plans for the development showed a swimming pool and tennis courts, which the planning board felt was inappropriate. The present plans are much different.

The Friends of the Conanicut Battery received a grant last week that will enable them to get rolling on the renovation of the Revolutionary War-era fort off Battery Lane.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 13, 2003

Ten years later, the band plays on. On Memorial Day in 1993, the Jamestown Community Band debuted at the annual parade.

A divided Town Council decided to hire Volmer Associates to design a proposed highway barn at Taylor Point. As of yet, there is no budget figure or cost predictions associated with the project.

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