2013-05-02 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of May 2
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, May 2, 1913

The first monthly meeting of the Town Council and court of probate to be held in the evening, to comply with the vote to that effect of the April town meeting, resulted in the gathering of an audience which nearly filled the hall, whereas even a single spectator at the afternoon meetings was the exception.

At the Town Council meeting four pool-table licenses were granted to Foster Knowles.

The Prospect House, after being closed for several years, is being put in condition to open for the coming season.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 4, 1938

At the Town Council meeting it was voted that the town clerk advertise for sealed bids for rental of Mackerel Cove Beach, bathhouses and pavilion for the 1938 bathing season. It was voted that a commission be appointed to investigate the possibility of the town acquiring the Newport Water Company’s holdings in the town.

From the Newport Daily News, May 6, 1938

Following the business portion of the annual meeting of the Central Baptist Church, stereopticon slides were shown by Merrill Smith of the members of the different organizations of the church and Sunday school classes, and a few members who were entering the church to attend Sunday morning service.

Nineteen tables were played Friday evening at St. Matthew’s parish house, at the bridge, whist and pinochle party.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 2, 1963

Jamestown Democrats were returned to all offices in the town election yesterday. Miss Rosamond A. Tefft, town clerk, Democrat but unopposed by the Republicans, received the highest machine vote cast, 772, and added 70 mail-ballot votes this morning for a total of 842.

From the Newport Daily News, May 6, 1963

The Newport Bay Bridge bill was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives in the closing hours of the assembly session Sunday morning.

From the Newport Daily News, May 7, 1963

A record $530,637.38 budget, adopted last night at the Jamestown annual Financial Town Meeting, indicates a slight tax increase, officials said today. The present tax is $18.10. No estimate of the increase was made. The meeting adjourned at 1:20 this morning after more than 5 1/2 hours of discussion and questioning by the 778 electors present.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 3, 1988

The operator of the Jamestown Country Club Monday proposed building a 1.7 million-gallon lake alongside the second fairway to provide irrigation for the golf course. Renovations were also proposed for the club’s restaurant by its operator. Joseph Mistowski, who is beginning his second year operating the nine-hole course, said that lack of irrigation was his biggest problem. Charles Carstens, who leases the restaurant at the country club, proposed eliminating a hazardous step between the lounge and restaurant.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 30, 1998

Any remaining hopes of building a skate park on school property ended Monday when the Town Council voted 4-0 to withdraw the approval of the proposed site.

The annual island cleanup was successful in two major ways. Many volunteers helped with the effort, but also it was discovered that the island is getting cleaner – possibly as a result of the annual group commitment. One and a half dumpsters were filled with trash, which when weighed by Island Rubbish came to 5,920 pounds.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, May 1, 2003

The outgoing Town Council Monday unanimously approved relaxed water-ban restrictions for the coming summer. The council based its action on a new report from the Water Supply Committee.

Several options were mulled over at a crowded April 22 facilities committee meeting when harbor commissioners, commercial fishermen and many concerned citizens met to discuss how to bring the wooden pier at East Ferry into compliance with the federal public access mandate.

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