2012-01-26 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of January 26 Week of January 26

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, Jan. 26, 1912

The members of the whist team No. 3 entertained the Bayside Club at an oyster supper at the club on Water Street Thursday evening. After the supper those present drew for partners for the second series of whist.

The second smoker and debate by the members of the fire department was held Monday evening in Fire Station No. 1. The question – Has any person the right to empty a cellar drain in the public highway in front of another person’s property? – was well argued, the honors of the debate being given to the negative side.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 27, 1937

At the dessert bridge whist held Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. A.M. Clarke on Walcott Avenue and sponsored by Mrs. F.C. Clarke, nine tables of bridge and two of whist were played.

Mrs. Harry Clarke reports picking pansies in her yard Tuesday.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 28, 1937

[At the School Committee meeting,] the eighth-grade program was discussed. During the time the girls have been taking cooking lessons, the boys have been studying for their junior driving examination. For the third term, during the free period, they will have mechanical drawing, while during the fourth term an opportunity will be given them for a few cooking lessons.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 24, 1962

Jamestown racked up Central, 32-19, in this weekend’s Boy’s Club junior league basketball game. Jamestown took the honors for the first half of the season finishing with a 5-0 record.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 25, 1962

The Jamestown School Committee, last night at an informal budget meeting, discussed the possibility of using educational television at the Jamestown School.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 26, 1962

Roller skating will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays at the recreation center in Jamestown for boys and girls 14 years of age and older.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 27, 1962

A $200 across-the-board raise for teachers was voted by the Jamestown School Committee last night, the minimum being raised from $4,000 to $4,200, and the maximum from $6,000 to $6,200.

25 years ago

From the Newport daily news, Jan. 27, 1987

The Town Council voted Monday night to become involved in the early stages of the state’s mandatory recycling program. The state will supply each home a 10 to 13 gallon container.

Town officials hope to get at least $50,000 a year for leasing out the Jamestown Country Club and its accompanying 90-seat restaurant.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 29, 1987

The Town Council Wednesday approved final specifications for bid proposals to lease the Jamestown Country Club. On Feb. 14, town officials will host an openhouse inspection at the course so potential lessees can see what they are bidding on. Final bid packages must be returned by noon, Feb. 27.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press. Jan. 23, 1987

Jamestown’s property owners can relax — they will see no more increase in taxes this year. (The school’s $5.3 million operating budget and debt service would normally raise the tax rate by 10 cents, but the $50,000 increase in school spending could be covered from the town’s budget surplus.)

The Town Council has approved a $370,000 capital improvements fund, about $20,000 less than last year’s, as part of the town’s general government budget for the 1987-88 fiscal year that begins March 1.

[The town administrator] urged the council last week to pay a consultant $15,000 to find out if all of the town’s offices and records storage could be centrally located on the two lots where Town Hall and the planning and recreation office are now located.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 24, 2002

Superintendent Gallo resigns, blames school panel for lack of support. [A letter] said that she would continue on as superintendent until July 30, 2002.

A second water tower, at a cost of about $1 million, is part of evolving plans to upgrade the municipal water supply. A second water tower would help forestall expansion of the water treatment plant and would serve as a backup for the existing tower, which will need replacement within 15 years.

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