2016-03-17 / Island Calendar

Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, March 17, 1916 In spite of the fact that a long list of registered voters are assessed a poll tax of $1 each, which goes toward the support of the schools, not a single dollar was paid in 1915. Nonpayment does not disqualify a voter.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 18, 1941 The dance for servicemen held at the Grange hall Monday evening was largely attended. A 12-piece orchestra from Fort Wetherill furnished music.

From the Newport Daily News, March 21, 1941 If anyone has chairs, books, magazines, games or anything that can be used at the forts and will leave their names at Pitchers’ drug store, they will be called for and delivered.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 17, 1966 The Jamestown Town Council last night asked the School Committee to pare its 1966-67 school budget of $326,586.

From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1966 Jamestown Bridge gross revenue for the first 17 days of March was $6,000. The figure represents a decrease of $787 compared to revenue received in March 1965. Bridge traffic for the same period was 30,937, up 1,460.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 14, 1991 An untended woodstove has been blamed for Monday’s fire that destroyed the historic

Jamestown landmark known as the Round House. Damage to the structure that overlooked The Dumplings was estimated at $500,000-$750,000. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 104 Racquet Rd. at 8:42 a.m. A strong northeast wind fueled the fire and threatened neighboring homes. Blowing embers from the fire caused extensive damage to the Selfridge Estate, located one-quarter of a mile south of the Round House.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 15, 2001 Jamestown’s newest toy is 35 tons of gleaming chrome and flashing lights. It smells of new leather and rubber, and sports a cartoon panther scaling a ladder in the side of its cab. It’s called The Prowler, and is causing quite a stir for everyone who lays eyes on it. The new toy is a fire department ladder truck, which will replace Ladder 1, a truck that has been in service on the island for 30 years. The town council Monday awarded the contract for preliminary work needed in the $5.5 million sewage treatment plant rehabilitation to Siegmund and Associates of Providence, whose principal, Laszlo Siegmund, is an island resident.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 16, 2006 The state Department of Environmental Management last week named the location of the western end of the old Jamestown Bridge as its first choice for a new fishing pier to replace an old section that has been used unofficially, with some neighborhood complaints.

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