2014-02-13 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 13
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, Feb. 13, 1914

In spite of the weather conditions, one of the largest audiences gathered at the Gardner House Friday evening to witness the melodrama given by the Mandolin Club for the benefit of the fire department.

The Jamestown band, which was recently reorganized, was out Thursday evening for a short street parade and made a creditable showing.

The paymaster and clerk visited the forts in this vicinity Friday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 8, 1939

Pupils in the Thomas H. Clarke and Carr schools are keeping a class record of hygiene. Each pupil is rated each day on the care of teeth, hands, nails and whether he carries a clean handkerchief, and may receive a maximum of eight points each day. Charts for the records have been provided by Miss Mary I. Greene, the Red Cross nurse.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 9, 1939

Arthur J. Didsbury, president, and Thomas F. Sheehan, secretary, of the Jamestown Athletic Association have petitioned the Town Council to reintroduce in the state legislature the enabling act, pertaining to a park commission, and requests that the sum of $500 be allocated to the WPA apeditorial propriation at the annual financial town meeting in April for the purpose of developing the Sherman farm as a recreational area.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 11, 1964

George A. Barker Jr., chairman of the Jamestown Board of Tax Assessors, asked the Town Council last night for amendments to the building code relating to the length of time a dwelling may remain under construction and certification by the building inspector that the dwelling is completed. At present, there is no time limit for completing construction. From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 12, 1964

Two bills aimed at eliminating damage caused by high tide flooding and inadequate draining facilities in Jamestown were introduced in the General Assembly and referred to committees.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 9, 1989

The state Department of Transportation will perform an estimated $55,000 worth of underwater repairs to the Jamestown Bridge this spring. From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 14, 1989

Town official have abandoned a $3.25 million plan to build an addition to the Jamestown School. Citing the length and cost of litigation, a Boston attorney advised town officials not to pursue the plan, which would have encroached upon one of the largest Indian burial grounds ever found on the eastern seaboard.

The Town Council Monday approved Jamestown’s first $6 million budget. If approved by voters, the result will be the largest tax increase in four years.

The Jamestown Senior Center Commission Monday asked the Council for town-owned land to build a senior citizens center.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 11, 1999

Almost a year after islanders jotted down their opinions in the 57-question Jamestown community survey, the town planning office has issued the results. Respondents represented one-third of registered voters and taxpayers, “a tremendous return rate,” Lisa Bryer said. Some 87 percent of those respondents agreed that “the natural environment” is the most desirous quality of living in Jamestown. The same amount concurred that maintaining the island’s rural character should remain the town’s main goal, as was expressed by 77 percent of the 1990 community survey.

Town officials have made public the $11.65 million combined town government and school budget for fiscal 1999-2000.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 12, 2004

State Department of Environmental Management officials came to the library Saturday to discuss the growing deer population on Conanicut Island. Several Power- Point presentations were given to enumerate why the island’s herd should be controlled.

Town officials were scrambling this week to determine if taxpayers can use unexpected school surplus to decrease the tax rate, to be set March 1 at the annual financial town meeting.

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