2013-08-15 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of August 15
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, Aug. 12, 1913

One of the most largely attended and brilliant dances ever given at the casino was held Monday evening for the benefit of the Naval Relief Association. Bands from the Utah and Arkansas played continuously, alternating with each other.

The Jamestown Historical Society’s exhibit, which opened Wednesday in the Town Hall, is a departure, and, for the first attempt, exceedingly credible. The hall is well filled with articles of a local historical interest, needlework, silver and china predominating. The arrangement is good, giving an opportunity to see each exhibit. The tagging of each article with data represents much painstaking work.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 15, 1938

Investigation by everyone from Administrator Harold L. Ickes down into the procedure in the application to Public Works Administration for the construction of the proposed bridge from Saunderstown to Jamestown was invited today by Charles H. Brooks, secretary of the Jamestown Bridge Commission, as the result of charges made by Walter E. O’Hara, independent candidate for governor. O’Hara in Providence made public the text of a letter he sent to Administrator Ickes urging him to investigate an alleged lobby behind the Jamestown Bridge project, and calling for its rejection on the grounds that PWA funds should be used for a new bridge over upper Narragansett Bay to relieve the traffic congestion in Providence.

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 16, 1938

At the Town Council meeting, A.E. Peacock, minister in charge of the A.M.E. Church in Jamestown, requested the use of the Town Hall for the benefit if the church. This was granted for a fee of 50 cents, and with the provision that the applicant furnish police protection.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Aug. 13, 1963

A Jamestown tax increase this year of $1,073.38 over last year brought a warning from Alan G. Davenport, manager of the Jamestown Water Co., that the increase may result in an increased rate to water users. The company paid $8,869.58 in taxes to the town last year. This year’s tax bill is $9,942.96.

An organizational meeting of the Jamestown Housing Authority was held last night in Town Hall with Peter F. Drury, chairman of the five-member commission, presiding. The five-member commission was appointed by the Jamestown Town Council at a July meeting to consider the construction of low rent housing for the elderly in this town.

Harold E. Shippee, president of the Jamestown Town Council, last night expressed concern over possible quarrying at the Fort Wetherill. A letter received from the Army Corps of Engineers invites the council to discuss this matter or any other subject relating to hurricane flood protection for Narragansett Bay. Shippee felt that the letter indicates that the quarrying project at Wetherill is still active.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Aug. 12, 1988

State transportation officials Thursday released inspection reports that they maintain show that the 48-year-old Jamestown Bridge is structurally sound.

A report from a gubernatorial task force released Thursday blames both the state and the contractor for problems that stopped construction of the new Jamestown Bridge earlier this year.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 13, 1998

North Pond reservoir is down 17 inches from capacity, but the Town Council Tuesday voted not to implement any more restrictions on the outside residential uses of municipal water.

The state Department of Transportation notified Town Council President Craig Amerigian last week that a proposed infrastructure project at East Ferry had been approved to receive a federal ferryboat discretionary grant of $425,000.

The fourth annual Jamestown island paddle drew over 30 kayakers who paddled the perimeter of the island to benefit local charities.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Aug. 14, 2003

The Town Council has decided on a more precise location at Taylor Point for a new highway barn. Tuesday night the council unanimously approved a site that is the least visible from nearby roads, but also extends between 60 and 70 feet outside of the area that the previous council marked for the controversial project.

Several residents complained to the Town Council Tuesday night about the mistreatment of points of public access to the water in residential areas around Conanicut Island and asked that the state rights-of-way be better managed or revoked in order to make life more pleasant for islanders.

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