2014-03-13 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 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, March 13, 1914

The bus that carries passengers across the island, connecting with the ferries, met with a slight mishap Saturday. When it had reached a point nearly opposite John E. Watson’s store, heavily loaded with soldiers from Greble on their way to Newport, the hind part of the wagon skidded and one of the wheels was not strong enough to stand the strain and collapsed. Although thrown about, no one was hurt, and as the horses seemed to take it as a matter of fact sort of way a new wheel and the straightening of the steps will repair the damage.

The usual agitation preceding the annual election of town officers has commenced. It is understood that nomination papers are already out for signers. These with the nominations to be made out by The Republicans and Progressive parties will make a three-cornered fight.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 11, 1939

The Boys’ Radio Club met Friday afternoon. J.H. Bowen II instructed the boys in radio signaling.

At the military whist held at the Grange hall Friday evening, six tables were played.

A meeting of the glee club was held Friday afternoon at the Thomas H. Clarke School, with Miss Myrtle Lewis, teacher of music, directing.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 10, 1964

The council will ask a New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. representative to attend a council meeting in the near future to offer a solution to the police communication problem. The department will be left without local telephone operators to take emergency calls when Jamestown goes on the dial system in November. The council voted in favor of the locating the telephone building on Pemberton and Watson Avenues, as suggested by the Board of Review.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

March 14, 1989

The Town Council will write the state Department of Transportation about its concerns of summer traffic. Council members said last night that they are worried that traffic will use their island roads to travel to Cape Cod because of Providence roadwork.

The Conservation Commission has taken control of 38 acres of open space bought under a state preservation program.

The Town Council Monday night quickly and quietly appointed seven residents to a building committee to plan the new police station. The committee must find a suitable location for the new station. Twice in the last year residents have rejected plans to add on to the existing station.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 11, 1999

Representatives of the Department of Environmental Management came to Jamestown last week prepared to explain how the former landfill will be given a clean bill of health under the state’s new site remediation program, but resident concerns went well beyond the limits of the landfill.

The results of months of feedback from members of the Quonset Point Davisville Stakeholders Committee, scrutinized and analyzed by consultants hired by potential port developers, is a report, measured better in pounds than in pages, that outlines suggested port alternatives and whether they are economically and environmentally feasible.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

March 11, 2004

WWII battery uncovered by brush cutters at Beavertail. As part of their regular maintenance of Beavertail State Park, the state Department of Environmental Management has recently cut back several acres of brush to improve the views and help people avoid areas that are prone to ticks.

The Town Council Monday weighed in on the re-emerging issue regarding what should become of the old Jamestown Bridge. The councilors unanimously, and emphatically, re-asserted the community’s opposition to a bike path leading into Jamestown over the 64-year-old bridge.

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