2013-05-30 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of May 30
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 30, 1913

At the Town Council meeting, the petition of the Rev. H.N. Jeter, for the use of the Town Hall, was granted, a nominal fee being fixed for the lights and janitor, for eve­ning services. Councilman Hull was made a committee on the oiling of roads.

The Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company has been awarded the four-year contract for carrying the local mail.

The town presented a martial appearance Monday morn­ing, there being about 1,000 sailors ashore from the ships for drill.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1938

At the meeting of the Board of Fire Wardens, it was rec­ommended that the salary of Walter L. Marley, janitor of the fire station, be increased to the same amount of the school janitor, $1,200 per year, and the same was approved by the Town Council.

Twenty-six pupils of the eighth grade of the Thomas H. Clarke School went on a sight-seeing trip to Providence Fri­day in the school bus. Places visited were the State House, the Gilbert Stuart Junior High School, the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence Journal office, and Roger Williams Park.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, May 28, 1963

The Jamestown Town Council, acting as a council of de­fense, held a 20-minute closed session last night for the pur­pose of discussing the possibility of using Fort Wetherill as a fall-out shelter.

At the Town Council meeting the University Sports Car Club was given permission to hold a meet at Fort Getty on June 9, with the stipulation that two town po­lice officers, to be paid for by the club, be stationed there, as has been done in previous years.

John H. Piva of Hamilton Ave­nue, a student at Georgetown Uni­versity, was appointed lifeguard at Mackerel Cove Beach at a salary of $850. From the Newport Daily News,

May 29, 1963

Barracks 1557, World War I Veterans of Jamestown will meet at Shoreby Hill south entrance tomorrow morning at 10:15 to march in the Jamestown Memorial Day parade.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

May 28, 1988

Prospective developers of the former Vieira farm have appealed the denial of their application to build 26 homes on the property. The prospective subdivision abuts the former town landfill.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 28, 1998

The first report is in from the Fort Wetherill Committee on the state’s plan to turn the area into an aquatic resource center, and the committee’s list of “serious con­cerns” is long.

A bill in the General Assembly, that would allow Jamestown to charge a transfer tax on top of the sale price of a home on the island for the purpose of purchasing open space, seems to have stalled in the House of Representatives, at least for the moment.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

May 29, 2003

The Town Council Monday as­signed an eighth-grade suggestion on transportation for teens to Town Administrator Maryanne Craw­ford for follow up. Eighth-graders made their suggestion as part of their Project Citizens classroom work. They said special transpor­tation might be a way for island teens to supplement the lack of things to do in Jamestown.

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