2013-10-24 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of October 24
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, Oct. 24, 1913

Miss Mildred Anthony, who has had charge of the ferry company’s ticket office for the past five years, has resigned her position in anticipation of her marriage. She was the first woman to be employed by the company and has made a large number of friends among the summer residents, as well as permanent residents of the island.

Miss Gladys Burdick has taken the position in the ferry company’s office recently vacated by Miss Mildred Anthony.

A mild case of scarlet fever was reported to the health officer Monday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 22, 1938

At the Town Council meeting, a request was made by Mrs. B. Tweed, tree warden, that the town trucks be sent to Bryer Avenue, to clean up debris, in order that the Jamestown Garden Club may spray the trees and work more efficiently to rid the area of the Japanese beetle.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 24, 1938

Jamestown contributions to the Red Cross for the hurricane disaster fund to date total $2,545 while the amount expended in that town so far is $2,680.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 22, 1963

The Jamestown Town Council, at a special meeting last night with town engineer Edward E. Newman, deferred action on bids for the construction of the Lawn Avenue School access road until new specifications can be drawn to include trees along the Lawn Avenue location. Tree lovers at last week’s Council meeting protested the cutting down of seven London plane trees on the west side and three trees on the east side of the street.

Permission to locate a submarine cable in Jamestown, for government use only, was granted by the Town Council to the New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. last night.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 21, 1988

Gov. Diprete dubs as “political rhetoric” a call by the state Senate Finance Committee chairman for a legislative investigation into the unfinished Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge, the governor’s spokeswoman said.

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 25, 1988

Jamestown will begin a newspaper recycling program in December that officials hope will lower the town’s trash hauling costs.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 22, 1998

Halted in the spring for the boating season, reconstruction of East Ferry’s steel pier will not start again this fall, even though the job is unfinished. The Jamestown Harbor Management Commission voted unanimously to suspend the work for a year due to lack of funds in the marine development fund.

Discussion of altering the current Newport Bridge token price are on hold pending an analysis of the bridge’s decking, which, if found not to be in optimal condition, could bring a price tag of between $43 and $60 million for its replacement.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 23, 2003

Possible problems with easements for a well and with a phase of water treatment at the municipal plant were reported by town officials on Monday. The town is still working on acquiring conservation easements so that it can drill a well in the front yard of the water treatment plant on North Main Road.

The Jamestown School Committee at its Oct. 16 session discussed ways to “rollout” its newly written strategic plan to the entire community.

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