2013-08-01 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 1
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, August 1, 1913

At the Town Council meeting, the following licenses were granted: Earl E. Brown, victualing; S. Howorits, junk; Ida J. Carry, tavern; Harry Silverman, fruit; N.S. and A.J. Littlefield, hotel; H.A. Kalkman, drug; Joe Danin, junk; E.L. Caswell, tavern. The purchase of fire extinguishers for the town clerk’s office was referred. The petition of the School Committee for the use of the Town Hall for school purpose was granted, but the petition for the calling of a town meeting for an additional appropriation was refused. A.A. Boone and J.C. Tefft were appointed to a committee to have electric lights installed in the fire engine station.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, August 2, 1938

The Jamestown Town Council at the meeting Monday evening directed John E. Hammond, town clerk, to write to Michael DeCianta, chairman of the state division of public utilities, asking him why the Jamestown water rates are so high.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 27, 1963

Jamestown has never seen such a crowd as gathered in that town headed for last night’s Newport Folk Festival. So many motorists arrived in such a short time that it was beyond the ferry’s capacity. Cars were backed up from the ferry landing along the East Shore Road more than a mile and a half to Dead Man’s Curve. More were on Narragansett Avenue, North Road and elsewhere in town.

From the Newport Daily News, August 3, 1963

The 16 people who sued the Commerce Oil Corp. for $100,000 damages each “for injuries to the person” are not affected by the state’s two-year statute of limitations for suits. The suit is an outgrowth of the legal fight involving the Commerce Oil Corp. and its attempt to establish a $55 million refinery in Jamestown. The suit was for alleged ma- licious use of the legal process.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

August 1, 1988

Aetna Bridge Co. has admitted responsibility for some pothole problems on the Jamestown Bridge and will repair those within two weeks, a state official said today. From the Newport Daily News,

August 2, 1988

The Town Council completed its review of the proposed harbor ordinance Monday night with two hours of fruitless discussion. Nearly the entire two-hour session was devoted to talking about issues that have been repeatedly discussed. None of that discussion led to changes in the draft.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 30, 1998

The ban on all outdoor residential uses of municipal water was lifted Monday when the height of the water level in the storage tower on Howland Avenue went beyond 85 feet.

Still more delays was the upshot of a July 24 meeting attended by federal, state and local officials concerning the status of the Southwest Avenue road construction project.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 31, 2003

Many residents came to Monday night’s Town Council meeting to further debate the finer points of the proposed harbor ordinance. That faction of the audience seemed to leave a bit disappointed as the council instead debated which should come first, an ordinance or a comprehensive management plan.

Three options on where to put the proposed highway barn at Taylor Point were presented to the Town Council Monday night by the engineers from Vollmer and Associates of Boston.

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