2018-01-25 / Island History


The state has approved a permit for a Russian-flagged ship to anchor in Rhode Island waters, The Jamestown Press reported Jan. 30, 2003.

The MV Dauriya has permission to anchor between the Verrazzano Bridge and Dutch Island or west of Rose Island in the East Passage. While anchored, fishermen from the entire eastern seaboard are expected to arrive in Narragansett Bay to sell mackerel and herring to the Russians. While the two species are easy to catch but hard to sell in the United States, the reverse has been the case in eastern Europe.

100 years ago — Jan. 25, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

Vital statistics for 1917, which were released by the town clerk, reported 32 births and 17 deaths. The births include 22 males and 10 females; 10 of those 32 babies were of foreign parentage. Of the 17 deaths, only one person was not born to the United States. There also were 25 marriages in town last year.

75 years ago — Jan. 25, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

All employees of the school department, including teachers, will receive a 10 percent increase to their salaries, retroactive to New Year’s Day. The raise, according to James Bradley, superintendent, will offset the increase in taxes.

50 years ago — Jan. 26, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

Cole Street artist Frank West, known for his oil paintings of square-rigged ships on Narragansett Bay, is moving to Port Charlotte, Fla. West, 83, wants to live in a warmer climate because “he is tired of shoveling snow.” He came to town from Providence in 1912 to establish the Red Elephant Studio. His paintings include the mural at the old LaForge Restaurant in Newport.

25 years ago — Jan. 28, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

Students in town, from kindergarten through eighth grade, cost the least to educate in the state. According to Dureen Bryer, the school department’s business manager, the annual cost is $4,328 per pupil. In contrast, the town pays $6,000 per pupil for tuition to North Kingstown High School, which doesn’t include transportation costs.

10 years ago — Jan. 31, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

Superintendent Marcia Lukon presented an $11.8 million budget proposal to the school committee, a measure that represents a $740,000 increase from the 2007-08 budget. That 6.6 percent hike is driven by raises and retiree benefits. Lukon, however, said the committee could offset the increase by dipping into its surplus.

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