2014-01-23 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of January 23
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, Jan. 16, 1914

At the annual financial report of St. Mark’s Church, it was reported there were 27 baptisms and five marriages during the year. The estimated value of the church property is $29,400.

The transformers and switchboards have been installed in the new concrete building on the Bay State Company’s property on Clarke Street, and the wire will be changed from a temporary structure that has been used since last July.

The ice cutters on Carr’s pond completed work Sunday and with the supply secured by Clarke and Littlefield on the reservoir and Clarke on the south pond, all ice now available has been cut and another freeze will be necessary before more can be harvested.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 23, 1939

By spring it is estimated that 500 men will be at work on the substructure of the proposed bridge between Jamestown and North Kingstown. Preparations were going forward today for the construction of a dam to create a reservoir. Negotiations are underway, it was disclosed, to get a site for a construction base on the North Kingstown shore. A place known as the quarry is expected to be the site.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 26, 1939

At the School Committee meeting it was reported that the tuition will have to be increased by several thousand dollars next year. The committee traced back tuition totals for the past 10 years and found a steady increase from $4,300 in 1929 to the present time ($11,980.34). Latest figures from the school census just completed shows the greatest total of children from the ages of 4 to 21 ever enumerated. The report shows 514 children checked, an increase over last year’s high by 17, and the largest number ever enrolled in schools and colleges, this figure standing at 410. The school enrollment at present is 300 in grade school, 95 in high schools, and 15 of census age in higher institutions.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 21, 1964

Jamestown art classes for children will resume for the spring session on Jan. 31, under the direction of Mrs. Henry N. Armbrust, instructor, at her Melrose Street home.

Clean Conanicut, the group recently formed to combat roadside litter in Jamestown, calls attention to that fact that the melting snow disclosed much trash along the town roadsides.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 24, 1964

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has dealt a serious blow to hopes for early construction of a bridge across the east passage of Narragansett Bay from Newport to Jamestown, holding many provisions of a bridge act passed last year to be unconstitutional.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 24, 1989

The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to ask the state to limit the number of trucks on the 50-year-old Jamestown Bridge at any one time. Truck traffic could be monitored through a station at the west end of the bridge, the council said.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 26, 1989

After a preliminary review of underwater inspection reports for the Jamestown Bridge, state officials are satisfied the 50-year-old bridge is safe.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 21, 1999

The town will voluntarily enter into the state remediation program to clean up its closed, and now infamous, landfill on North Road.

The February board meeting of the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority will shed some light on the feasibility of whether local commuters can expect some reduction in the price of a token to cross the Newport Bridge. Results of extensive engineering studies done late last year will reveal whether the 30-year-old bridge needs work done on its decking, a 7-inch thick layer of concrete with two layers of steel.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 22, 2004

At their Jan. 15 session, the second of two budget hearings was held between the School Committee and Town Council. The council looked at the $13,595,775 school budget for the upcoming 16-month fiscal year.

The Rhode Island Foundation announced Jan. 15 that a $25,000 grant has been awarded to the town through Church Community Housing Corporation of Newport to support an affordable housing strategic plan.

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