2014-04-10 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of April 10
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 10, 1914

At the financial town meeting for the transaction of financial business, the seaweed privilege on the seaside of the town beach was rented to H.H. Head for $56. That on the pond side to D. W. Arnold for $14. By a vote of 21-15, the petition for a granolithic sidewalk was placed on the table. This was afterward passed in another form, the appropriation being stricken out. The appropriation of $800 for an addition to the Town Hall for a town clerk’s office was passed. Voted that the town clerk’s office be closed Saturdays at noon.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 10, 1939

Jamestown’s tax rate will probably remain at $20 for the coming year, following action by voters at the annual financial town meeting Saturday in approving a budget totaling $106,566.44, an amount about $4,000 higher than the year just ended. The voters, who evidenced but little interest in the meeting, approved the budget substantially as recommended by the budget committee.

From the Newport Daily News, April 11, 1939

The first black fish of the season was caught Sunday at Potter’s Point by Edwin G. Littlefield Jr. and Robert Caswell, and weighed 1.5 pounds.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 14, 1964

The Jamestown Town Council last night made public plans for the renovation of the Town Hall, with estimates of the cost at about $68,000. According to the study and report, the recommendations concerning facilities should satisfy future Town Hall requirements for an estimated 20 years. The Clarke School, long abandoned, was found to be unsound, with an estimated cost of $116,000 to renovate. A new building on the site of the Clarke School was estimated at about $188,000. It was felt that as the town has grown from a population of from 2,100 to 2,300 in 10 years, the town could not afford the more expensive venture. The proposal would make use of the existing structure with a secondfloor addition over the north end, and a two-story fireproof vault 12 by 17 feet four inches.

It was reported that the entire Town Council and the town solicitor will attend the hurricane barrier hearing the next day in Newport.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

April 11, 1989

Town Administrator Robert W. Sutton Jr. was showing the police station building committee around the storage space in the town office building. After another member commented on the storage configuration of the entire building, Sutton added, “This building (on Southwest Avenue) was originally the headquarters for the privately owned water company.” The group also visited the highway department storage facility at Fort Wetherill. The town’s 13-member police department operates in a 900-square-foot corner of the recreation center building.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 8, 1999

The youngest stars burn brightest in the new Jamestown Community Theatre production of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” a fantastic adventure into the amazing world of Willy Wonka, genius inventor, chocolatier and philanthropist.

The naval station in Newport is looking for a Jamestown resident to sit on the Restoration Advisory Board, a community-based group initiated by the Navy to oversee its cleanup of sites contaminated by previous military activity. The northern end of Gould Island is among 12 now slated to be evaluated and “restored” by the Navy under the Environmental Protection Agency’s superfund program.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

April 8, 2004

A meeting Thursday night marked the beginning of a monthlong process in which the town will put to paper its strategy for developing affordable housing. As the average price of a home in Jamestown has increased 47 percent over the last four years, fewer and fewer people can afford to live here.

The 10-month long silence on a new noise ordinance is due to be broken with a special Town Council workshop tonight.

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