2017-11-02 / Island History


A new engineering report said that by pumping water from the South Pond to the North Pond reservoir before returning it to the water treatment plant, the island probably could double its available water supply, The Jamestown Press reported Nov. 4, 1999.

A pipeline to do this would cost about $80,000, according to Steve Goslee, director of public works. A grant could cover that, he said, but the town would have to match about 25 percent of the cost.

100 years ago — Nov. 5, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

The pledges made to Central Baptist Church’s new parsonage totaled $557.45. Pledges of more than $50, or at least 10 work days, also were donated.

The church’s Sunday school also announced it would host a fair in December and contribute its earnings to the fund.

75 years ago — Nov. 6, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Jamestown was another of the county towns that went solidly Republican in the election, with Alton Head Jr. defeating Chester Green, Democrat, by a margin of 410-307 for state senator. Lewis Hull won the state representative post by a margin of 467-342.

Jamestown voters also gave nods to the GOP candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and general treasurer.

50 years ago — Nov. 4, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Pawtucket residents who returned to their Jamestown summer home last night after a month’s absence found the house had been burglarized. Missing was a Westinghouse portable television set valued at $165.

25 years ago — Nov. 5, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

A predicted heavy voter turnout produced long lines and a long wait at the island’s sole polling place.

Some 2,698 of Jamestown’s 3,618 registered voters — roughly 75 percent — showed up at the community center to cast their ballots. For the first time, Jamestown’s poll opened at 7 a.m., an hour earlier than previously.

Democrat Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport won her race against Jamestown Republican Ellen Mary McDonagh for state Senate, 3,321 to 2,012.

In the three-way race for House of Representatives, incumbent Democrat Mary Levesque of Jamestown won handily. She defeated Bill Sprague and Tom Ginnerty.

10 years ago — Nov. 6, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

Robert Sutton, former town administrator for 17 years, was the top vote-getting candidate for town council in Tuesday’s election.

Sutton, a recent retiree from the state’s Department of Environmental Management, and known for spearheading volunteer operations at the Jamestown Community Farm, received 1,032 votes for the council spot.

Julio DiGiando, currently the council vice president, took second place in balloting, receiving 1,014 votes. William Kelly, with 932 votes, also an incumbent, took the third spot. In fourth place was Michael White, a recent retiree from the U.S. Veterans Administration. White received 865 votes. The last of the five candidates to gain a council spot was the sole Republican Barbara Szepatowski, who retained her seat with 802 votes.

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