2010-03-18 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 18
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Journal, March 19, 1910

The alterations and repairs being made to the Littlefi eld estate, recently purchased by St. Mark’s Church corporation, have been completed, making of the building a fine rectory.

More poultry than ever before has been kept on the island this winter, and preparations for raising more than the usual number of chickens for the summer trade are being made. Already some of the poultry men have several hundred little chicks.

Parties looking for cottages for the season are visiting the island daily and the present indications are that the coming season will eclipse last year, which was an unusually good cottage year.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1935

Eighteen projects under FERA in Newport gave employment to 505 Newporters last week. (The payroll was $4,833.85. In Jamestown, 68 workers received $471.60.) …Canned veal will be the meat product for distribution to FETRA beneficiaries this week, with 1,620 pounds scheduled to arrive Thursday. The bulk of it, 20 cases, will be allotted to Newport. (Two cases were allotted to Jamestown.)

From the Newport Daily News, March 23, 1935

Appropriations totaling $105,147.72 will be recommended to the Jamestown financial town meeting April 6. …Against this total, it is estimated that the receipts will be $108,808.70.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 16, 1960

The Jamestown Bridge Commission said today it is not opposed to the construction of a $35,000,000 bridge over the bay’s east passage, provided it does not involve tolls charged for passage over the Jamestown Bridge.

About 250 persons attended the PTA Science Fair at the Jamestown School last night.

From the Newport Daily News, March 17, 1960

Testimony before a special House committee disclosed yesterday for the first time that it cost the state $103,000 in repairs and other expenses, in addition to the $100,000 purchase price, to put the ferryboats, Jamestown and Newport, into shape and bring them here from Virginia, when they were bought in 1957.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 18, 1985

An open forum on the recent excavations at the Jamestown Bridge site was held at the Jamestown Philomenian Library Friday. …Members of the Public Archeology Laboratory Inc. presented a slide lecture and artifacts display pertaining to the site.

From the Newport Daily News, March 19, 1985

Reluctant to encourage new development in the Beavertail section of town, the Town Council Monday rejected a request for extension of sewer lines to a prospective subdivision on Battery Lane.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 16, 1995

Residents raised few objections to a proposed $2 million renovation project at East ferry during a public work session Monday night. The proposed plan, designed by retired urban planner Tom Todd, ….calls for restructuring the east ferry parking lot and traffic loop to cre- ate a 25,000-square-foot village green.

A slate of Democratic candidates submitted by the chairman of the Democrat State Committee is on the ballot of May 3, at least for the time being.

A “like new” fire engine and a tanker/pumper truck were purchased Friday by the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department. From the Jamestown Press, March 23, 1995

Concerned about the low water level at North Pond reservoir, the Town Council Monday told Public Works Director Steven Goslee to begin making the recently drilled well at the foot of the pond’s dam operational.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 23, 2000

Despite being called to the table by upset parents and the American Civil Liberties Union, Superintendent Frances Gallo and the School Committee defended the use of drug-sniffing dogs to search all the lockers at the Lawn Avenue School last month.

Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford has recommended that the Town Council increase the water and sewer rates in order to cover the additional expenses that are in her proposed water and sewer budget for this year.

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