2013-11-21 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 21
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, Nov. 21, 1913

Mr. P.H. Horgan is plastering and finishing the fourth floor of the Hotel Thorndike, being unable to finish this before the season opened last summer.

Sergeant Dorman, who has been quarantined for diphtheria for several weeks, has recovered and the house has been fumigated.

The proceeds of the first annual ball of the fire department, to be held shortly, will be used to place fire alarm boxes in various parts of the island.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 21, 1938

The “no school” signal of 13 on the fire alarm will be used this year at 7:45 a.m. as a signal for the high school of no boat running for high-school pupils. The grade school “no school” signal will be 13 at 8:15 a.m. When there is to be but one session of the grades, school will be in session until 12 o’clock.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 21, 1963

Combining the part-time Jamestown positions of town treasurer and tax collector into one full-time position and an improvement in the method of keeping financial records is recommended in an auditor’s report recently submitted.

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 23, 1963

An expression of sympathy was sent yesterday to Mrs. Kennedy and her family by Jamestown Town Council President Harold E. Shippee on behalf of the council members and town citizens.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 22, 1988

Next month town officials expect to solicit bids on two major renovations to the town water system. The water system improvements were approved by voters at a special financial town meeting Aug. 10. They include installation of a new compact water treatment system at the town’s North Road plant. Voters approved spending up to $650,000 for that project. Also approved by voters was construction of a $165,000 chemical feed building at the town’s backup reservoir, South Pond.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 19, 1998

At a school open house Tuesday, parents grappled with tensioncausing issues that they face while their children are adjusting to the new “standards” philosophy of learning at the Jamestown School.

The Town Council Monday adopted a resolution that asks the Army Corps of Engineers to “reassess” its recommendation to dispose of sediment dredged from the Port of Providence to a site off Hog Island in Narragansett Bay.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Nov. 20, 2003

Sen. Lincoln Chafee’s office announced Monday that he has secured $5 million to be put toward the demolition of the old Jamestown Bridge.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council received a report Monday that it may have to add as much as $3 million to the $12 to $15 million estimate for much needed repairs to the municipal water system.

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