2018-10-18 / Island History


Halted in the spring for the boating season, work on the East Ferry steel pier will not reconvene in the fall, The Jamestown Press reported Oct. 22, 1998. The harbor commission voted unanimously to suspend construction because of its depleted capital reserve. Unfinished work includes concrete reinforcement at the seaward end of the pier. “We didn’t get as much for our money as we had hoped,” said Don Armington, chairman on the waterfront board.

100 years ago — Oct. 18, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

A $3,000 appropriation to improve land owned by the U.S. Housing Corporation was approved by voters, 22-11. Because the polls closed by 3:30 p.m., working men were not able to cast ballots, resulting in the sparse turnout. The money will be used for streets and sewers on the Knowles plat.

75 years ago — Oct. 22, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

Vice Adm. Herbert F. Leary, a Jamestown resident, will relieve

Adm. Adolphus Andrews as commander of the Eastern Sea Frontier, which oversees the Atlantic coast from Canada to Jacksonville, Fla. He is leaving his post as commandant of the Fifth Naval District in Norfolk, Va.

50 years ago — Oct. 22, 1968 (Newport Daily News) The Rev. Dwight Hambly Jr.,

an Episcopalian hospital chaplain, will conduct services at St. Matthew’s while the Rev. J. Edgar Tebbetts recuperates from an illness in Florida. In case of emergency, the Rev. Gordon Stenning, rector of St. Mary’s in Portsmouth, will be on call.

25 years ago — Oct. 21, 1993 (Newport Daily News)

More than 200 residents packed the meeting room for the unveiling of the newly renovated library on North Road. The building has been closed since April while construction was being done. The $1.4 million expansion was financed evenly through state grants and private donations.

“I suppose it’s wrong to pat ourselves on the back,” Frank Newman said, “but if we’re ever going to do it, today is the day.”

Newman, a Jamestown resident, serves as president of the Education Commission of the States.

10 years ago — Oct. 23, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

If they were to close an elementary school, members of the school board in North Kingstown have inquired whether Jamestown can accommodate those students. The proposal was floated by Philip Thornton, interim superintendent of North Kingstown, to save money and boost efficiency. The neighboring district initially asked if Melrose and Lawn schools could handle 240 more students. “No way,” said Cathy Kaiser, chairwoman of the Jamestown school committee. Doing quick math, Committeeman B.J. Whitehouse estimated 150 additional students would be the maximum.

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