2017-12-14 / Island History


GREENE GREENE The town may have tapped an unexpected source of water, The Jamestown Press reported Dec. 14, 2000.

As the town mulls desalinization technology, drillers at the water treatment plant on North Road were looking for a saltwater well that could be transformed into drinking water. What they found, instead, was a freshwater well that pumps nearly 100 gallons of water per minute.

Councilman David Swain said preliminary studies rated the water quality as “terrific.”

100 years ago — Dec. 18, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

Nearly every boat tied to the Fort Greble wharf on Dutch Harbor was damaged during a winter storm, including the steamer Lieutenant Smith, which was driven ashore above Hull’s swamp after its liner was broken.

75 years ago — Dec. 18, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Chester Greene, the police chief who resigned in November, agreed to temporarily return to the post while the town lobbies applicants.

After receiving no interest in the position, the councilors agreed to raise Greene’s annual salary from $1,620 to $2,000. David Ellis, representing the summer residents, and Fred Clarke, on behalf of the townspeople, urged the town to reappoint Greene because of his unblemished record as a police officer.

50 years ago — Dec. 18, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Revenue on the Jamestown Bridge for the first 12 days of December was $3,891, down $816 from that same period in 1966. Traffic, however, increased by 516 vehicles. There were 27,265 vehicles that traversed the span during that time.

25 years ago — Dec. 17, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Following a ringing endorsement from Town Administrator Frances Shocket, Lt. Tom Tighe unanimously was appointed police chief by the town councilors. Tighe, who has been interim chief since July, has served with the department for 25 years.

“He is an exemplary leader with sound judgment,” Shocket said.

10 years ago — Dec. 20, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

An overnight fire on Rub Street destroyed the Carr-Hazard farmhouse, the historic 1760 structure owned by the two families for nine generations. Firefighters fought the blaze for five hours while battling through freezing temperatures, snow, sleet and rain.

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