2014-04-24 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of April 24
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 24, 1914

To make way for building operations, several of the large trees near the old Carr estate on Narragansett Avenue are being cut down.

The telephone linemen are busy taking down wires and running cables in place of the numerous lines along the waterfront.

An entertainment and dance was given in the Gardner House hall Friday evening by the Jamestown Band. Before the affair, the band paraded the principal streets, its appearance calling forth much favorable comment. Music for dancing was furnished by Peckham’s orchestra. The attendance was large.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 27, 1939

The Jamestown Ferry Company, in response to a request from Newport, has agreed to blow the Fall River Line signal, three blasts on its last trip from this city 10 o’clock nights. Charles H. Brooks, general manager, said the signal will be blown by the Governor Carr, whose whistle is shriller than that now on the Hammonton, which has one of the original Fall River Line whistles.

From the Newport Daily News, April 29, 1939

At the Town Council meeting, A.W. Bowser and William S. Gladding addressed the council in regard to giving licenses to out-of-town mechanics, and J. Howard Bowen was appointed a committee to confer with the town’s attorney, and present a recommendation to the council at its next meeting.

The Board of Trade sent a letter in regard to clearing piec- es of fallen trees caused by the hurricane, and creating a fire hazard.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 23, 1964

In the finals of the Jamestown Merchants Bowling League, completed Tuesday night at the Jamestown Lanes, Connolly’s Express Co. defeated Pitcher’s Store three out of five games.

Seventy-five dog licenses and tags were issued in Jamestown up to early this week. Last year 173 dogs were registered in the town.

From the Newport Daily News, April 24, 1964

The dial telephone system for Jamestown was outlined yesterday by the manager of the Newport office of New England Telephone Co. The manager told the Rotary Club that $400,000 would be spent installing the system, which is expected to be effective on Nov. 1. At present there are fewer than 1,000 subscribers in Jamestown. A film of telephone equipment was shown.

From the Newport Daily News, April 28, 1964

At the Town Council meeting, William E. Parameter Jr., who is counsel for the First Pennsylvania Bank, said that the group who was interested in purchasing the Taylor Point property has indicated that they are no longer interested. Town Solicitor Daniel J. Murray expressed disappointment saying “It looks as though we are not going to put it on the tax roll.”

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 28, 1989

About 50 people from Rhode Island, including many Jamestowners, met Saturday at Gina Lord’s shop to show their opposition to pending gun control legislation now before the state legislature.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 22, 1999

Homeowners in the urban water district will see an increase in their water and sewer bills next quarter. Sitting as the board of water and sewer commissioners Monday, the Town Council voted to raise the cost of the 5,000-gallon minimum charge by 4.7 percent. This means someone who uses 5,000 gallons or less during a billing quarter will now pay $42.85 instead of $40.93, an additional $1.92. There will be no change in the rates for excess water use.

Jamestown School Superintendent Dr. Frances Gallo announced that the school department would hire a consultant to assist the school in its computer software programs.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, April 22, 2004

The annual Earth Day shoreline cleanup was held last Saturday, and to celebrate, more than 100 islanders cleaned up nine shoreline access points around the island. Conanicut Island’s spring cleaning netted 2.69 tons of trash.

When the Fort Getty Master Plan Committee held its first meeting last Thursday afternoon it became increasingly apparent that its charge is to determine the best use of the 32 acre, town-owned parcel of land. Last year, the camping facilities generated $327,399, enough money to entirely meet the recreation department’s budget and then some.

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