2013-04-18 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of April 18
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, April 18, 1913

St. Matthew’s and St. Mark churches are being wired for electricity.

The Hammill estate, consisting of two lots of land with a cottage on West Narragansett Avenue, was sold at auction on Monday. Mr. Benjamin Easton of Newport was the successful bidder at $1,525.

The rain of the past three days, although heavy, has done little damage to the roads on the island.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 16, 1938

At the Town Council meeting the town clerk was authorized to issue a proclamation sponsoring national airmail week from May 15 to 21, and calls upon all citizens of the town to liberally patronize the airmail in evidence of their appreciation of the efforts of the post office department to provide the service.

From the Newport Daily News, April 20, 1938

The Easter ball, sponsored by Conanicut Grange, was held Monday. The hall was decorated in Easter colors and music was furnished by the Rhythm Boys, with Miss Mary Morgan at the piano.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 15, 1963

The second oral polio vaccine in Jamestown is scheduled for next Sunday at Jamestown School. This is the type-two vaccine.

From the Newport Daily News, April 16, 1963

The Jamestown Town Council, at a special meeting last night, voted to present a resolution to the annual Financial Town Meeting May 6 appropriating $850 to pay for a second lifeguard on town beaches during the summer months.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 15, 1988

The state Department of Environmental Management may ban shellfishing in Dutch Harbor this summer because so many boats are anchored there.

The town’s proposed harbor ordinance got a boost Thursday night from the agency that must eventually approve it. During the fourth of five ordinance workshops, Tom Dillingham, a marine resources specialist for the Coastal Resources Management Council, said the town is moving in the right direction. The present Waterfront Authority would be replaced by a seven-member Harbor Management Commission.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 16, 1998

Within the past week, both of Rhode Island’s U.S. senators, John Chafee and Jack Reed, came to Jamestown to tour the historically significant Conanicut Battery that is the focus of a group preservation effort.

Voting 4-1 Monday, the Town Council sent enabling legislation to the State House that will allow the town to create a land bank funded by a real-estate tax for the purpose of buying and protecting open space on the island.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 17, 2003

The possibility of a change in usage of the wooden pier at East Ferry dominated the agenda at two municipal meetings in the past week. Both the Town Council and the Harbor Management Commission discussed how use of the pier, built in part with a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, fell out of compliance with federal guidelines and how to remedy the situation.

Two Jamestown preservation projects were honored at the annual 2003 statewide historicpreservation conference, held last Saturday in East Greenwich. The honors were for the Conanicut Battery and the Fort Wetherill aquatic labs.

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