2018-03-29 / Island History


Fritz Krafft, a 52-year-old retired U.S. Navy commander, has quit his job as harbormaster, The Jamestown Press reported April 4, 1991.

His letter of resignation indicated a wage dispute. According to Krafft, he was told his salary would be on par with other department heads.

“That’s never happened,” he said. “The harbormaster even earns less than the dogcatcher.”

100 years ago — March 29, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

The evening ferry schedule, which has been curtailed because of the coal shortage, has resumed. The trips will be run according to the winter schedule before the ice embargo.

75 years ago — March 29, 1943 (Newport Daily News)

Firemen responded to a grass fire on East Shore Road, opposite the Tweed property, and worked south toward the George Howland farm. Workers extinguished the blaze before it reached the Wotherspoon cottage. The recall was sounded after they fought the blaze for nearly two hours.

50 years ago — March 29, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

Testimony from 40 witnesses will be reviewed by the U.S. Navy’s investigation board to determine the circumstance that led to the grounding of the fleet oiler Severn off Beavertail.

Capt. Robert Miller, a director at the Naval War College, will send a complete report on the probe to Navy officials in Norfolk, Va. Along with reviewing testimony, the senior investigators will use Miller’s report to draw conclusions and formulate its recommendations.

25 years ago — April 1, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

Two restaurants on Narragansett Avenue were evacuated and searched following bomb threats made by an unknown caller.

Both the Jamestown Oyster Bar and Narragansett Cafe received suspicious phone calls from a man who said bombs were planted in those buildings and lives were in danger. Police found no evidence of bombs during the investigation.

10 years ago — April 3, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

According to biologist Numi Mitchell, coyotes are the only species that manages its birth rate based on available food, which is the reason residents should not feed them.

A female coyote can produce more than a dozen pups in one litter, she said. To regulate these packs, she recommended an ordinance against feeding feral cats. Good coyotes eat mice, rabbits, woodchucks, geese and deer, Mitchell said, but there also are bad canines that feast on cats, dogs and Kibbles ‘n Bits.

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