2013-05-23 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of May 23
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 23, 1913

There was a slight break in the water main near the West Ferry Sunday afternoon. Repairs were made before any damage was done.

The state board of good roads has a small force of men making repairs to state roads on the island.

The number of excursionists and automobile parties to visit the island and to cross from ferry to ferry showed a material increase Sunday over any Sunday of the season thus far.

The bid of the Ferry Company for ferry service to Fort Greble has been rejected.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 21, 1938

The pupils of the fourth grade at the Carr school … left on the school bus Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock, for Newport, on a historical tour of Newport. Among the places of interest visited were Trinity Church, Old Stone Mill, Perry monu­ment, Redwood Library, Jewish Synagogue, Court House, Old Colony House, Wanton-Lyman-Hazard house, and His­torical Society rooms.

Several Jamestown students of Rogers High School at­tended the “prom” at Rogers Friday evening.

From the Newport Daily News, May 25, 1938

The resignation of Miss Lena H. Clarke, principal of the Carr school, and a teacher in the Jamestown schools for the past 42 years, was read Tuesday evening at the monthly meeting of the School Board and accepted with regret by the committee. … (She taught) beginning in 1895 in the build­ing known as the “little school house” on Southwest avenue, what is now the town library on Narragansett avenue. … When the Carr school was built, Miss Clarke taught there, and also in the Town Hall while the Thomas H. Clarke was being built.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 22, 1963

A music and arts festival was presented last night to an audience of about 300 persons at the Parent Teacher Association meeting in the Jamestown School.

From the Newport Daily News, May 27, 1963

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Me­morial Post in Jamestown, Friday made plans for … its annual dance. … The dance is set for June 29.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 24, 1988

Town officials Monday night as­signed cost ratings to the four po­tential sites for a new or expanded police station. … Of the four op­tions, the current site, abutting the town Recreation Center on Co­nanicus Avenue, is the least expen­sive. That plan calls for expanding police headquarters into what is now the lobby of the Recreation Center.

Residents of the Conanicut Park area have formed an association to protect the title to paper roads in that area. (There were about 15 members of the newly formed Co­nanicut Park Association.)

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 21, 1998

Public Works Director Steven Goslee told the Town Council, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, Monday, that the water tower was painted and he would start filling it on Tuesday.

The Jamestown Harbor Man­agement Commission will hold a special public meeting Wednes­day, May 27, to discuss a draft proposal sent to the Department of Transportation for an $800,000 federal grant. The Commission has proposed using the grant for reconstruction and repair of the town’s piers and harbors.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 22, 2003

Toll runners might want to think twice before trying to skip out on a $1 token to cross the Newport Pell Bridge. Big Brother is watching. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which operates the bridge, is in the process of up­grading the toll-collection system that was installed on the bridge for its 1969 opening. (The new toll collections system will include cameras to record vehicle license plates.)

Cost calculations to operate and maintain the Jamestown Water Department were presented Mon­day as the new Town Council, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners. (It was determined that water bills may increase more than originally ex­pected.)

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