2014-03-27 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of March 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, March 27, 1914

Postmaster Caswell has been authorized by the post office to institute a village free delivery of the mail to commence May 1. The free delivery zone will be that now inside the special delivery lines and within the zone will be distributed once daily by a carrier.

Twelve bushels of mussels for bait were shipped Wednesday by the Jamestown Fish Company to Block Island.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 24, 1939

A tentative budget of $108,566.44 for the coming fiscal made up by the Jamestown Town Council as a budget committee will have to be pruned by the taxpayers at the annual financial town meeting Saturday, April 8, if the tax rate is to be kept at the present level of $20 a thousand.

From the Newport Daily News, March 25, 1939

The Palace Theatre was well filled Friday evening, when the three-act play, “No Men Admitted,” was presented by the Jamestown PTA. The proceeds from the play will be expended for musical instruments for the members of the Thomas H. Clarke School orchestra.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1964

Jamestown’s new fire truck arrived yesterday at the fire station, to replace the 1942 pumper. The new apparatus has a 750 gallon-per-minute pump, a 500-gallon booster tank and a 30-gallon foam tank. The truck has a Mack chassis and Maxim-made body and pump. Some equipment is being removed from the old pumper and installed on the new apparatus at Jamestown Garage, thus reducing the cost to about $19,000. This equipment usually ranges between $23,000 and $24,000.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1989

State and federal officials are willing to compromise on the number of moorings in Dutch Harbor if the town can produce evidence that water quality will not be lowered.

From the Newport Daily News, March 30, 1989

Vowing to seek as much public comment as possible, the newly formed police station building committee got off the ground Wednesday night. The panel outlined six goals: identify and recommend the optimum site for a police station; compile a list of other public building needs and locations; be sensitive to open-space preservation; be sensitive to the cost to taxpayers; be sensitive to the urgency of police needs; complete the assigned charge as expeditiously as possible.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 25, 1999

An engineering report on the decking of the Newport Bridge shows that while there are a few spots that will need attention in the future, the overall structure is in good shape.

On March 22, their final day of duty as an elite group known as stakeholders, more than 50 Rhode Islanders, who at earlier meetings decided there would be no consensus on what type of port to recommend to Gov. Lincoln Almond’s office, set out to adopt a set of principals, items of general agreement that they hope the governor will consider in making his final decision.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 25, 2004

Vollmer Associates of Boston, the engineering consultants for the new highway barn at Taylor Point, presented the town on Monday with an estimate of $3.8 million to build the structure.

The state of Rhode Island may not be interested in preserving the old Jamestown Bridge, but because the structure is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, federal law requires that it be offered to someone willing to use it before it is demolished.

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