2013-03-28 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 28
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.

From the Newport Journal, March 28, 1913

At the Town Council meeting, a petition asking for declaring Lawn avenue a public highway was referred to the annual town meeting. Councilman Caswell was appointed a committee to have a telephone installed in the residence of the chief of police.

Mr. John Easton Holt, the oldest citizen of the town, died after a period of several years of bad health. Mr. Holt was the holder of the Boston Post gold-handled cane for the oldest citizen of the town, which will now be passed along. Jamestown received its Boston Post cane in 1909. It was presented to Capt. Edward B. Dickens. Next it went to Mr. Holt when he was 77. He died three years later. Eben N. Tefft was the third and final recipient since the cane then disappeared.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 26, 1938

The bill authorizing the construction of a bridge between Jamestown and North Kingstown is now before President Roosevelt, having been passed by both the House and Senate, after a five-year long journey starting in 1933, when the measure was scoffed at.

From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1938

At a special meeting of the advertising committee of the Jamestown Board of Trade, reports by the various committees were made. The new folder of Jamestown is now ready for distribution.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 26, 1963

The Jamestown Town Council last night voted to seek General Assembly approval in the issuance of bonds up to $75,000 to relocate and renovate some of the town’s public buildings. The council acted on the recommendations of the planning board. The voters at the May 6 town election will decide between a $75,000 plan for a civic center and town hall or $32,000 to build a new town barn and other improvements.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 27, 1963

School Supt. Joseph P. Devine of Jamestown told 75 persons attending the Jamestown PTA meeting last night to go out and explain the proposed school budget of $278,444 for 1963-64 to leaders in the community.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 28, 1988

The police department needs a summer meter maid to monitor illegal parking in town. Parking restrictions in town are in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From the Newport Daily News,

March 29, 1988

Two Town Council members want to give volunteer firefighters an annual $450 tax abatement, but two votes may be insufficient to approve the plan. There are only four persons left on the council.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 26, 1998

The town has quickly mobilized to offer a rabies vaccination clinic in light of the unprovoked attack last week by a fox on a local child.

The temporary restrictions on water use are not working as well as they could. Town water customers, about half the island’s residents, are depending on water brought from North Kingstown through the emergency pipeline.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 27, 2003

The Town Council Monday unanimously adopted a six-month freeze on required downtown parking, with some changes in wording of the freeze, as proposed by the Chamber of Commerce.

The first primary in Jamestown municipal politics in a decade will be held on Wednesday, April 2.

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