2015-01-30 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of JANUARY 30
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, Jan. 29, 1915

The Island Coal Company has resumed the work of drilling for oil at Conanicut Park and a large quantity of heavy machinery has arrived. When work stopped last spring, a depth of 1,200 feet had been reached, and although oil had not been struck, the indications are that at greater depth a supply will be found.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 25, 1940

The number of children enrolled was given as 304 in the grades and 104 at Rogers High School. Five are attending evening school.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 31, 1940

In the census of children recently taken by Anthony J. Miller, a total of 520 children between the ages of 4 and 21 were enumerated. This is an increase of six over the figures for 1939, and is the highest ever enumerated in Jamestown. In addition, there were 118 children between the ages of birth and 4 years.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 26, 1965

Seven town departments and the Eastern Rhode Island Extension Cooperative Service presented budgets for the forthcoming fiscal year, totaling $338,702.11, at a meeting of the Town Council last night. The school budget is $299,320.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 25, 1990

Conanicut Island is divided into 6,000 parcels of land, and over 1,200 of those lots are vacant, according to a count made by seven local volunteers who helped Lisa Pointek gather information for a “build-out analysis.”

Residents who use town water will find that their next water bill has gone up by more than 50 percent. The Town Council voted last Tuesday to raise the basic water rates for 5,000 gallons from $18 to $28 a quarter.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 27, 2000

The U.S. Postal Service is negotiating with the landlord of the Jamestown post office to expand its facility and to offer more services to island postal customers.

The Town Council Monday voted to meet in a special session Jan. 31 to finish its budget discussions and approve a spending plan for fiscal 2000-01, which begins March 1. Both the Town Council and Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford have made some adjustments to the $4,654,223 spending package.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 27, 2005

Jamestowners this week have been digging out from what’s being called the “second biggest snowfall” since weather statistics were first recorded about 100 years ago. The blizzard of 2005 dumped nearly 2 feet of snow around the state over the weekend, including Jamestown. The largest recorded snowfall in the last century was the blizzard of 1978, which dumped about 30 inches on the state in February of that year.

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