2014-02-27 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 27
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. 27, 1914

At the meeting of the Jamestown Historical Society held at Dr. Bates’ Sanitarium Saturday afternoon, Mr. W.P. Sheffield spoke on old land records in Jamestown. He showed great familiarity with land holdings in the town from its earliest settlement and his interesting and instructive address was listened to with great interest.

A portion of the Bryer plat wharf has been carried away by the ice and storms.

The northerly wind Monday night broke up the ice in Dutch Island harbor and for the first time in two weeks the boat to and from Fort Greble is able to make its trips on time, there being no ice in the north end of the harbor. Shefletters field’s pond and the lower part of the harbor on a line from the ferry landing to the head of the wharf at Fort Getty are still one unbroken sheet of ice.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 25, 1939

The War Department has other plans, not only for Fort Adams, but also other posts of the Narragansett Bay defenses, among them Fort Greble. New construction, aided by the WPA, has been going on at these posts for some time. The nature of the intended use has not been indicated.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 28, 1939

The notes to cover the $40,000 required by the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company to maintain its system in full operation are to be issued by the ferry company and paid for from ferry company income and will not, by law, be listed as bonded indebtedness of the town, and so will not involve the legal limit of such indebtedness.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 27, 1964

The Jamestown Players will present a play entitled “Scrambled Eggs,” a one-act comedy tomorrow and Saturday at the recreation center. A variety show will also be presented. From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 28, 1964

The Jamestown Town Council at a special meeting last night adopted a resolution accepting the workable program for housing for the elderly. This was to complete application for the planning loan for $7,000 from the Housing and Home Finance Administration for a unit to house elderly people in Jamestown, under the federal program.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 28, 1989

The Town Council Monday expanded the role of the new police station building committee to include examination of all future town buildings needs. The lack of a long-range, all-inclusive town building plan was one criticism of voters who, in February, soundly defeated a council-backed plan to build a two-story addition to the police station.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 25, 1999

The Town Council will hold a public workshop on the closed north end landfill tonight.

Town officials will ask voters to approve the 1999-2000 municipal budget at the annual financial town meeting next Monday. The combined recommended spending plan for both town operations and the School Department totals $11.65 million.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 26, 2004

Vollmer Associates of Boston, the town’s engineering consultants for the new highway barn at Taylor Point, Monday outlined for the Town Council its preliminary plans for the facility, but still no cost estimates were given.

The destruction of the old Jamestown Bridge is going to cost several million dollars more than the state Department of Transportation initially expected. With the additional $6 million, the total budget for the project will be approximately $20 million.

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