2014-01-16 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of January 16
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, Jan. 16, 1914

At the hearing on the telephone service held by the Town Council, there were present about 20 people and Manager Wright, whose presence had been requested. Manager Wright of the telephone company, being called upon, said that many of the questions involved being of a legal nature he would pass on these as being out of his jurisdiction. The matter of more modern telephones, he thought would be remedied, the town now having electricity, enabling the company to install a common battery switchboard in the local central. The question of keeping a central office on the island open the entire year had, he believed, come to a point where it had settled itself. He did not anticipate that it would again be closed after the coming season. The matter of tolls he said is regulated by distance from the central office and Jamestown is just outside the free zone from the Newport central. He thought satisfactory solutions of the troubles could be reached although he was not in a position to make any official statements for the company.

The reports of births, marriages and deaths for 1913 were filed with the state board of health. There were 26 births, 14 marriages and 21 deaths.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 16, 1939

Ferryboat Governor Carr of the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company, which was grounded in the September hurricane, left dry dock in New London at 10 o’clock this morning, and is expected at Jamestown about 4 o’clock this afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 17, 1939

At the meeting of the Parent Teachers Association, it was voted that Founders’ day be observed and it was suggested that a birthday cake be made and sold, and the proceeds be sent to the state’s fund in honor of the organization’s 42nd birthday. The matter of the Watson Farm, recently purchased by the town as an athletic field for the young boys of the town, was placed before the organization for consideration only.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 15, 1964

A $12,000 program, proposed by the Rhode Island Development Council to help Jamestown qualify for federal funds to provide housing for the elderly, was outlined to the Town Council last night. In the plan, Jamestown taxpayers would provide $3,000 of the total, $1,500 in each of the next two years. The rest would be paid by the federal government.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 13, 1989

About 200 boat owners may find themselves without a spot to moor their boats this summer. The Department of Environmental Management’s Water Quality Monitoring Division is set to issue a water quality certificate, which will limit the number of moorings in Dutch Harbor to 64 and in East Harbor to 367. From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 17, 1989

The town administrator has submitted a $3.17 million town government budget request to the Town Council, a 16.7 percent increase over this year’s budget. From the Newport Daily News,

Jan. 18, 1989

The proposed town harbor ordinance is currently adrift in some very turbulent waters.

Last week a Department of Environmental Management official said that the town would be allowed 64 moorings in Dutch Harbor and 367 in the East Harbor area. The Town Council has approved 200 moorings for Dutch Harbor and 500 moorings for East Harbor.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Jan. 14, 1999

Plans to restore the Revolutionary War-era fortification near Battery Lane moved forward Monday when the Town Council approved a treatment plan proposed by Landscapes, a Vermont consulting firm that specializes in landscape architecture and historical preservation.

In spite of the extremely cold weather (2.5 degrees at the start), a record number of birders participated in the 15th annual Conanicut Island Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Jan. 2. The species count was above average as well. A total of 64 species was sighted during the day, the fifth highest seen on a Christmas count. A total of 454 robins was observed.

The price if gasoline in Jamestown has dropped below $1 per gallon.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Jan. 15, 2004

Last week the town Water Division sent out $500 penalty billings to 20 island properties for water usage above 150,000 gallons for the year.

The Town Council Monday unanimously adopted an amended Comprehensive Harbor Management Ordinance.

Jamestown Fire Marshall Arthur Christman advised the Town Council Monday that all property owners, including the town, will be subject to the new state fire code due to go into effect Feb. 20. The new code has been developed in response to deficiencies cited in the West Warwick Station nightclub fire on Feb. 20, 2003.

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