2013-03-21 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 21
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 21, 1913

The new purple bronze altar railing for St. Mark Church has arrived and will be used for the first time Easter Sunday

The local political pot has commenced to boil and rumors are heard of a general turn about in town officers for the coming year.

The roof is being put on the new Thorndike. It is flat, with a single pitch of 2 or three 3 to the west.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1938

Total appropriations of $101,450.09 are included in the budget that the Jamestown Town Council, acting as a budget committee, will present to the qualified voters at the Financial Town Meeting on April 9. The prior year’s budget was $116,384.32. (No line item was found for the school budget.)

From the Newport Daily News, March 21, 1938

Alfred Richardson reports progress is being made in organizing the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. At a recent meeting at the Post home, 11 members of the former corps gathered for practice Sunday afternoon, the junior members of the Legion drum corps met for practice with nine drummers and 13 buglers present. The 19th anniversary of the birthday of the American Legion will be observed Tuesday evening at the Post home.

From the Newport Daily News, March 22, 1938

An $18,000 subsidy to underwrite the Jamestown Ferry Company until June and, thereafter, state control of the ser- vice between North Kingstown and Jamestown, were recommended today to Gov. Robert E. Quinn by the special commission that has been investigating the company’s financial condition.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 18, 1963

Fifty-three members of the House – three more than a majority – are co-signers of a bill introduced yesterday that would establish alternate methods of construction for a Newport Bay Bridge.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 22, 1963

The Jamestown Town Council is not happy with bills now in the General Assembly providing for the construction of the Newport Bay Bridge and an arrangement for the Jamestown Bridge to become toll free.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 22, 1988

Completion of the Jamestown- Verrazzano Bridge is still set for 1991, despite an agreement canceling the delayed project’s current contractor, Gov. DiPrete said.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 23, 1988

Construction of the delayplagued Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge should resume by midsummer, state transportation director Matthew Gill said.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 19, 1998

A third aquaculture project will be moving into Dutch Harbor within the next two weeks. This will be a small-scale research project similar to the lobster pot habitat project located directly north of the proposed site and unlike the larger commercial aquaculture venture of William Geib directly to the south.

The barge sunk for weeks next to the East Ferry pier is gone and Harbor Marine Corporation is expected to finish up work on the steel pier this week.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 20, 2003

The Town Council, sitting as the board of water and sewer commissioners Monday, labeled the recent break in a Lawn Avenue water main a safety crisis. The commissioners said the situation, caused by frost heaving, was “frightening” because the town had no water pressure for fire protection until the break was fixed.

Engineers from the state Department of Transportation met with several Jamestown officials to discuss the process for taking down the old Jamestown Bridge.

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