2014-04-03 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of April 3
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, April 3, 1914

The fourth and final round in the fourth series of whist tournaments at the Bayside Club was played Monday evening, team No. 1 winning, but not by enough to take it out of last place.

The King’s Daughters gave another whist and social Tuesday evening at the Gardner House hall. After an hour of progressive whist, the hall was cleared for dancing until 11 o’clock. Refreshments were served.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 6, 1939

Jamestown continued its Democratic political moorings in the annual town election Wednesday when members of that party won the majority of contested offices, taking four of five Town Council posts to retain control of that principal governing body.

From the Newport Daily News, April 7, 1939

During the Easter vacation, Dr. P.J. Lynam is planning to vaccinate all children who will enter school in the fall, or any younger children.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 1, 1964

The Democratic-controlled Senate yesterday passed and sent to the House a bill setting a $1 per school year fee for students using the Jamestown ferry to go to and from classes in Newport and the University of Rhode Island.

The Jamestown Lions Club directors made plans for a spring festival dance for members and guests Saturday night at Camp Seaside.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 5, 1989

The Democratic-controlled House has overwhelmingly approved a Senate-sponsored investigation into how the Republican administration of Gov. Edward D. DiPrete has handled construction of the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge. The bridge over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay is at least two years behind schedule and may end up costing close to double the original $64 million estimate.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 1, 1999

According to an engineering firm, Jamestown has two ways to solve its municipal water problems: it can either get a permanent pipeline to North Kingstown or upgrade its water treatment system so it can treat more South Pond water.

When island residents receive their new property tax bills this weekend, they will seem lower than last year because motor vehicle taxes will no longer appear with real estate on the town bills, the result of tax reform legislation signed by Gov. Almond.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 1, 2004

Will town officials and voters approve a $3.8 million bill for a new highway barn at Taylor Point? The Jamestown Press this week interviewed some leading players in the 25-year evolution of decisions about a new barn. Those contacted had their own mixture of ideas about what to do – or not to do – about the situation.

(Photo caption) Jamestown firefighters responded to a kitchen fire that broke out at Trattoria Simpatico Wednesday morning. A spokesman for the fire department said that there was a small amount of damage caused by the fire and, more significantly, smoke damage.

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